Dave Perahia

Position – Goalkeeper
Apps – 124
Goals – 2
Debut v Arsenal – May 1997
Worldnets – 9
Nicknames – Dr.Dave, He-She, Ladyboy

One of the founder members of WIFC, the good Doctor was between the sticks for the club’s very first game and remained the undisputed number one for many years. Dave often drew gasps from the opposition, as from behind they could have sworn he was a girl, and his WIFC highlights were being names Man of the Match in both the 2002 IFA Cup Final against and the Gibbsy testimonial, the latter display drawing compliments from no less than Glenn Hoddle. Inducted to the WIFC hall of fame in 2005, family commitments and old age finally saw Dave hang up his gloves in 2006.

Richard Wenham

Position – Centre Back
DOB – 29/5/1981
Apps – 163
Goals – 43
Debut Unknown – 2000
Worldnets – 7
Nicknames – Wenham, Dave, Four sixes, C**tface Chris, Garston Gomes
Former Squad Number – 99

The WIFC legend that is Wenham returned to the ranks during 2005 after a two year sabbatical, brought about in part by his cracked ribs and subsequent pneumonia after playing on in the rain at the M’Duck Cup in 2001, and has morphed from a prolific striker to a committed centre half in his long WIFC career. So laid back he’s almost horizontal, until you put him on a pitch, where his will to win shines through, the Garston Gomes was top scorer in 2001/02 and skippered the A Team at two Worldnets. He also scored a spectacular ten minute hat-trick in the last ten minutes to win a game at Crewe, supposedly notched his 500th career goal on the Stockholm trip in 2007 and made his 150th WIFC appearance in the 2013 London Cup Final.

Josh Freedman

Position – Centre Back
DOB – 21/3/1993
Apps – 24
Goals – 2
Debut v Preston B, Nov 2009
Worldnets – 0
Nicknames – Pikey Student

Josh came to WIFC’s attention during 2009/10 when cousin and club legend Simon Devon brought him along to make up our numbers for the game against Preston B. An impressive debut has been followed by further encouraging performances at centre half, showing a strength beyond his years. Currently the holder of WIFC’s well-worn pikey student mantle, Josh is exiled in Nottingham while at uni.

Jimmy Davis

Position – Right Midfield
DOB – 14/11/1992
Apps – 79
Goals – 39
Debut v Notts Forest – Feb 2009
Worldnets – 4
Nicknames – Jimothy

With Dad Chris encouraging him from the sidelines, Jimmy has impressed everyone with his pacy, skillful displays on the right wing since joining the club in 2009 via Bally. Voted best newcomer for 2008/09 and player of the season and top scorer the following year, we also managed to smuggle Jimmy in for some Cage fun and games during his first Worldnet, and it was the following year in Leeds that he first attracted the advances of the West Ham players, who still regard Jimmy as a pin-up to this day. Jimmy got his second top scorer award in 2013/14.

Jimmy’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
Reemtastico

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
Southend, not sure if it was home or away but stuffed them 4-0. So my dad tells me.

Finest ever WFC memory
Toss up between the latest dramatic finale between Leicester and Watford or Lloyd Doyley catching the ball after being hoofed up the field.

Worst away trip and why
Away to Sheffield Wednesday in the cup and lost 4-0. Waste of Daddy’s money

WIFC playing highlight
Definitely coming off the bench to score against Barnet away. That felt toats amazeballs!

Favourite WIFC moment
Meeting Wenham.

All-time favourite Watford player
Heidar! Heidar Helguson!

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
Ben Foster, Lloyd Doyley, Jay DeMerit, Paul Robinson, Paolo Vernazza, Micah Hyde, Ashley Young, Nicky Wright, Heidar Helguson, Gifton Noel-Williams and Allan smart.

Red shorts or black?
Red

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie?’
Will Ferrell

 

88. Mark Brennan

Position – Striker
DOB – 15/1/1988
Apps – 81
Goals – 21
Debut v Unknown – 2006
Worldnets – 3
Nickname – Brendan

With skills and flicks to burn, it has to be noted that Mark’s a little short in the braincells department, and he once drove to Nottingham for a fixture against Leicester and wondered why he kept losing a trainer on the way to Hull in the funbus trip of 2008. On the pitch, Mark started to add some consistency towards the end of 2012/13, and helped turn the IFA Cup tie against Millwall in WIFC’s favour with an inspired second half display.

James Collins

Position – Centre Midfield
DOB – 1/2/1983
Apps – 40
Goals – 3
Worldnets – 2
Debut v Southampton – Oct 2008
Nicknames – Jambo

The elder of the Collins brothers, James finally joined his younger sibling Mark on the WIFC bandwagon in 2008, and has given a number of all-action displays since his debut at Southampton. James got his first goal at MK Dons in November 2009, quickly adding a 2nd the following week against Dulwich and finished 2009/10, his first full season, as Newcomer of the year. A survivor of the infamous Belgium trip in 2010, where he admirably held the drinks kitty on a drunken Saturday evening, James has proven to be a reliable member of the squad.

81. Phil Covey

Position – Striker
DOB – 21/12/1981
Apps – 10
Goals – 0
Worldnets – 1
Debut v Reading – Sep 2009
Nicknames – Covey

Phil was introduced to WIFC by best mate Dave Morren and made his debut in the away win at Reading during 2009/10. So far, Phil has played in a few positions and even refereed a home game against Preston. He also played in the 2010 Vicarage Road match and while injuries have severely limited his appearances, he gave sterling service as assistant manager of the Vets team at Worldnet 2011.

66. Andy Myall

Position – Left Midfield
DOB – 25/11/1977
Apps – 84
Goals – 14
Worldnets – 4
Debut v Preston B – Nov 2009
Nicknames – Unlikely source

Andy joined the club in 2009, making his debut in the 2nd string match against Preston in November that year. Since then, Andy has gone on to become a valued member of the squad and finally notched his first goal in the funbus win at Leeds in 2011. A key member of the Vets team at WorldNET, Andy’s goals always seem to come in 2s and 3s with his a pair at Ipswich in 2011, a well-taken hat-trick at Peterborough in 2013 and a tidy brace at Walsall in 2015/16 all memorable moments.

Andy”s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence

Balding 35 year old who can’t play football but tries hard

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?

Midweek Worthless Cup game at home vs Wigan (at that time a division below us). We won 2-0, I think Smart might have scored. I went with Gavin who I used to play tennis with.

Finest ever WFC memory

Cardiff

Worst away trip and why

The first one Pricko came on, hasn’t been the same since

WIFC playing highlight

Too close to choose between scoring 2 away at Ipswich (1 from *almost* outside the area) and being this season’s leading scorer for a whole 7 days after 2 in 2 games (actually 2x 45 mins…)

Favourite WIFC moment

FINALLY scoring after 32 games (approx 4 yards out)

All-time favourite Watford player

Doyley

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)

Alec

Robbo Galli Cox Doyley

Smith Eustace Bangura Young

Helguson Mooney

Red shorts or black?

Black (sorry)

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie’

Woody Allen

 

50. Chris Dew

Position – Striker
DOB – 10/10/1980
Apps – 30
Goals – 20
Worldnets – 1
Debut v West Ham – Nov 2007
Nicknames – Dewboy

Striker Chris’ appearances have been limited by a number of serious injuries, but his prolific strike rate shows he could still be motoring up the all-time scorers list if he can stay fit. Chris was introduced to the club by Chris Dundon and made his debut in 2007, following it with a superb hat-trick at Welling in his second game. His other highlight for the club was his two-goal strike against Ayr in the IFA Cup Quarter Final in 2009, securing the club’s first semi-final in that competition since 2002.

Ben Clarke

Position – Goalkeeper
DOB – 19/1/1991
Apps – 26
Goals – 1
Debut v QPR – June 2009
Worldnets – 1
Nicknames – Clarkey

Ben was drafted in to play in goal at Worldnet in 2009, making his club bow a few weeks before that in a fine win at QPR. Also a more than handy player out on pitch, Ben grabbed his first goal for the club while playing up front against MK Dons later that year, and gave a great display in central midfield against West Ham in 2010. Since then he’s become a Worldnet specialist, appearing for the A team in the last 3 tournaments.