4. Rob Stone

Position – Centre Midfield
DOB – 26/8/1989
Apps – 53
Goals – 2
Worldnets – 0
Debut v Nottingham Forest – Feb 2011
Nicknames – Stoney, Bale

Rob was introduced to the club by best-mate Jez Hinds in Feb 2011, joining the full squad the following season. Rob started WIFC life at right-back, and showed a very non-right back approach to goalscoring, bucking the trend set by several older team-mates by scoring a long range screamer in a home win against Coventry. Rob’s since moved into central midfield, where he’s become an integral member of the side and former manager Chris Davis’ favourite starred there during 2012/13, winning 3 man of the match awards and playing a full part in the run to winning the IFA London Cup and a second place in Players Player for 2013/14.

Rob’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
A better looking version of Gareth Bale without the quality.

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
It was an end to end 0-0 draw at home to Charlton I think in the mid 90’s. The last memory of this game was sat freezing in the Family stand eating those Fireblast sweets you used to be able to get from the shop at the bottom of the stairs.

Finest ever WFC memory
Play Off 1st leg away at Palace

Worst away trip and why
Ipswich away because I was sat next to Wellsy for 90 minutes and the first half was horrendous

WIFC playing highlight
Scoring my first goal for the club against Coventry.

Favourite WIFC moment
Playing at the Vic.

All-time favourite Watford player
Heidar Helguson

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
Foster, Doyley, Page, Demerit, Robinson, Smith, Mahon, Hyde, Young, Helguson, Graham

Red shorts or black?
Red

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

27. Tom Beck

Position – Goalkeeper
DOB – 5/9/1984
Apps – 73
Goals – 1
Worldnets – 0
Debut v Brentford Hey Jude – Nov 2011
Nicknames – None as yet

Having struggled to fill the goalkeepers berth for years, Tom helped bring the total in the squad to four when he joined the WIFC goalkeeper union in 2011. After a debut at Brentford, Tom went on to show improvements over the course of his first season, culminating in a man of the match display in a win against Ipswich. Tom has shown a fabulous attitude to sharing goalkeeping duties with the rest of the union, and also notched a first goal for the club while playing up front against Millwall in 2015/16. Tom also had a credible stint as fixtures guru between 2014-16.

Tom’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
A work in progress.

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
vs. Forest in ’94. Watford got beat 2-1 and Colin Cooper scored an own goal. I went with a former Watford keeper, who is an old family friend, and we parked down by the old printers on Whippendell Road. I remember queuing up for the Vicarage Road end in the cold and listening to all the football chat. I’ve seen us lose to many average teams at home since.

Finest ever WFC memory:
Has to be Wembley in 1999. Everything about it was perfect. Great goals at key moments and almost 40,000 Watford fans there. Favourite game, favourite goal and arguably my favourite Watford shirt too.

Worst away trip and why
Wimbledon away in the Premier League. Freezing cold, supporters coach took ages and Watford got smashed 5-0 with Hartson scoring and celebrating in front of us. A visit to Selhurst Park has never been that pleasant.

WIFC playing highlight
Beating Ipswich at home in 2012, easily my best game in a WIFC shirt and I made a clutch save just before half time to take us in 1-0 up. Disappointed to lose a clean sheet with only minutes to go.

Favourite WIFC moment
Playing at Vicarage Road is always pretty special.

All-time favourite Watford player
Heidar Helguson

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
Ben Foster, Aidy Mariappa, Jay DeMerit, Robert Page, Paul Robinson, Tommy Smith, Allan Nielsen, John Eustace, Ashley Young, Heidar Helguson, Tommy Mooney

Red shorts or black?
Black. The red shorts make us look like a McDonald’s clown.

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie’
Zach Gilford. Played Matt Saracen in Friday Night Lights.

19. Dan Willis

Position – Right Back/Centre Back
DOB – 17/3/1984
Apps – 24
Goals – 0
Worldnets – 1
Debut v Brentford Hey Jude – Nov 2011
Nicknames – Dwillis

Dan is probably better known in Watford supporting circles as one half of the duo of brothers who run the Watford Legends website, on which a variety of former Hornets heores of differing quality are interviewed about their careers. Since joining the club in Autumn 2011 Dan has impressed with some sturdy displays at right back and centre half, so much so that he was voted best newcomer in his debut season.

Dan’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence;

Thoroughly good looking, generous to a fault, outrageously good in bed and very modest.

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

Wolves at home in ’94. GT was manager of Wolves, game delayed due to Wolves coaches being held up on the M1. Colin Foster put us one up, Wolves equalised late on but then Richard Johnson cracked in an 88th minute thunderbolt and I was hooked…I’m yet to experience any feeling that rivals the feeling of a last minute winner.

Finest ever WFC memory:

Fulham away in ’98. A barnstorming season, promotion was in the bag but we had seemingly blown the title – and then we went to Fulham and Bristol City bottled it at Preston. Campione, campione…

Worst away trip and why:

Wimbledon away in our first trip to the Premiership. If you were there then you’ll know why, if you weren’t then I really don’t want to talk about it.

WIFC playing highlight.

Scoring at the Rookery end at Vicarage Road at the end of last season. No further details of the goal are required. (It was an Oggy – Editor’s Note)

Favourite WIFC moment.

The initiation songs at Worldnet.

All-time favourite Watford player.

Tommy Mooney, closely followed by Helguson.

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

Miller, Doyley, Foster, Millen, Robbo, Young, Springy, Jonno, Adam Johnson, Mooney, Helguson.

Red shorts or black?

Black, no question.

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

Perry Digweed.

2012/13

Results and stats from the 2012/13 season so far…

Overall Record

WIFC 12/13 Pld W D L GS GA GD
League 20 13 1 6 62 45 17
Friendlies 4 2 0 2 15 15 0
Cup Games 9 4 2 3 20 12 8
TOTAL 33 19 3 11 97 72 25
Goals Per Game 2.94 2.18

Results and Scorers

Date Comp Opposition Score Scorers
15-Sep-12 LGE1 Preston A L 1-6 Mathers
29-Sep-12 LGE2 Stevenage A L 2-3 Myall, Jenkins
06-Oct-12 LGE3/LCGRP Leyton Orient A W 4-0 Holdham, Pollard, Myall, OG
13-Oct-12 LGE4/IFAC1 AFC Wimbledon B A W 5-0 R Sterry 3, Pegram, Dundon
20-Oct-12 LGE5 MK Dons H W 7-4 Murphy 2, R Sterry 2 (1 pen), Pegram 2, Moody
27-Oct-12 LGE6 AFC Chorley A W 5-4 Stone, Everitt, Norgate, Brennan, Hinds
03-Nov-12 LGE7 Northampton H W 4-1 Soloway, OG, Moody, Prentice
17-Nov-12 LGE8 West Ham H L 3-5 Brennan, Eustice, Lewers
15-Dec-12 LGE9/LCGRP AFC Wimbledon A H W 2-1 R Sterry, Soloway
12-Jan-13 LGE10 Coventry H L 0-5
02-Feb-13 LGE11/LCSF AFC Wimbledon A H W 3-1 R Sterry, Jenkins, Dew
09-Feb-13 LGE12/IFAC2 Millwall H D 2-2 Eales, R Sterry (Pen)
23-Feb-13 LGE13 Northampton A W 1-0 R Sterry
09-Mar-13 LGE14 West Ham A L 1-2 Murphy (Pen)
30-Mar-13 LGE15 MK Dons A W 5-1 Flanagan, Nicholls, R Sterry, Harrington 2
06-Apr-13 LGE16 Barnet H W 6-5 Murphy, Nicholls 3, OG, R Sterry
13-Apr-13 LGE17 Peterborough A W 5-2 McGarry, Myall 3, Walker
20-Apr-13 FR WIFC Yellows v Whites H W 4-3 Wenham, Moody, Lewers – Nicholls 3, Whittenbury
05-May-13 FR WIFC Yellows v Reds H W 6-2 Westcott, Flanagan 2, Parkins, Harrington, Lewers – Jenkins, R Sterry (Pen)
12-May-13 LGE18 AFC Wimbledon B A L 0-1
19-May-13 AVT Kingstonian Vets N W 2-1 Soloway, Nicholls
19-May-13 AVT Plymouth Vets N L 2-5 M Wells, R Sterry
19-May-13 AVT Leeds Council N W 7-0 Nicholls, R Sterry 3, Moody, Harrison, Soloway
19-May-13 AVT Leeds N W 7-2 Moody 2, Harrison, Soloway 2, E Sterry, R Sterry
19-May-13 AVT Kingstonian Vets N W 1-0 R Sterry
25-May-13 LGE19/LCF Stevenage N W 2-1 R Sterry, Nicholls
08-Jun-13 LGE20 Southampton H W 4-1 M Clarke, Bateman, J Davis, R Sterry
15-Jun-13 Worldnet Vets Bradford Vets N D 0-0
16-Jun-13 Worldnet Vets Aberdeen Vets N D 1-1 Brennan
17-Jun-13 Worldnet Vets AFC Halifax Vets N L 0-2
17-Jun-13 Worldnet Vets Birmingham Vets N L 0-1

Appearances

Name 12/13 Apps
Joel Moody 21
Brad Simmons 19
Stuart Nicholls 18
Rob Sterry 17
Richard Murphy 17
Rob Stone 17
Maurice Clarke 17
Richard Wenham 14
Matt Ainsley 13
James Jenkins 13
Dave Soloway 12
Phil McBride 12
Jeremy Hinds 12
Stuart Holdham 11
Andy Lewers 11
Aidy Spender 11
Tom Beck 10
Ed Sterry 10
David Morren 9
Mark Brennan 9
Matt Wells 8
Richard Walker 8
Martin Pollard 8
Andy Myall 8
Jamie Parkins 7
Dave Messenger 7
Ben Pegram 7
Julian Carrera 7
Steve Eustice 6
Alex Prentice 6
Mat Ball 6
Jimmy Davis 6
Darren Sear 5
Paul Whittenbury 5
Dan Willis 5
Paul Labbett 5
Craig Harrison 5
Micky Eales 5
Jerker Kjellander 4
Leigh Harrington 4
Chris Dundon 3
Warren Flanagan 3
Tim Down 3
Panos Fellas 3
Paul Withey 3
Ally Hill 3
Martin Owen 2
Chris Dew 2
Pete Fincham 2
Jon Richards 2
Ben Clarke 2
Sam Copeland 2
Paul Norgate 2
Stuart Waggett 2
Lee Evans 1
Laurence Wells 1
Chris Westcott 1
Scott Mathers 1
Paul Watt 1
Richard Messenger 1
Chris Davis 1
Max Walters 1
“Disco” Des Wilson 1
Jimmy Atkinson 1
Alan McTavish 1
Richard Everitt 1
Chris Gilbert-Anderson 1
Liam McGarry 1
Bernard Bradshaw 1
James Perry 1
Ben Bateman 1
John Sitkowski 1
David Sitkowski 1
James Farnfield 1

Goals

Name 12/13 Gls
Rob Sterry 20
Stuart Nicholls 10
Joel Moody 6
Dave Soloway 6
Andy Myall 5
Richard Murphy 4
Warren Flanagan 3
James Jenkins 3
Ben Pegram 3
Andy Lewers 3
Mark Brennan 3
Leigh Harrington 3
Craig Harrison 2
Own Goals 2
Jamie Parkins 1
Matt Wells 1
Chris Dundon 1
Stuart Holdham 1
Paul Whittenbury 1
Steve Eustice 1
Alex Prentice 1
Jeremy Hinds 1
Rob Stone 1
Richard Walker 1
Martin Pollard 1
Chris Westcott 1
Maurice Clarke 1
Chris Dew 1
Ed Sterry 1
Jimmy Davis 1
Richard Wenham 1
Scott Mathers 1
Micky Eales 1
Paul Norgate 1
Richard Everitt 1
Liam McGarry 1
Ben Bateman 1

Man of the Match Cows

Name 12/13 MOM
Rob Stone 3
Brad Simmons 2
James Jenkins 2
Darren Sear 1
Rob Sterry 1
Tom Beck 1
Matt Ainsley 1
Ben Pegram 1
Aidy Spender 1
Maurice Clarke 1
Andy Myall 1
Stuart Nicholls 1
Mark Brennan 1
Richard Wenham 1
Scott Mathers 1
Leigh Harrington 1
Sam Copeland 1

15. James Jenkins

JJ

Position – Centre Midfield
DOB – 22/11/1981
Apps – 31
Goals – 11
Worldnets – 0
Debut v Stevenage – Sep 2012
Nicknames – JJ

Midfielder James joined WIFC after responding to an ad on Twitter. Having been sidelined with a long term injury before his arrival, joining WIFC represents a comeback for James, and his all-action displays in central midfield have made a real impact. Having scored on his debut for the club, James went onto earn two man of the match awards in his first season, though an injury sustained paying some silly summer sport meant he missed out on London Cup glory to cap it off.

James’ Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
A bit of the Benjamin Button about me, I look young but feel oh so very old.

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it? Honestly can’t remember, I’d guess it was around 1987, perhaps sooner

Finest ever WFC memory
Play off semi at palace followed by the final at Cardiff. Also Wembley ’99.

Worst away trip and why
Probably Chelsea 5-0. Grim FA Cup day out. 3 down in first 15

WIFC playing highlight
Scoring on debut at Stevenage

Favourite WIFC moment
That impressive Wenham save v MK Dons!

All-time favourite Watford player
Nordin Wooter

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
James; Gibbs, Foster, Holdsworth, Kennedy; Wooter, Hessenthaler, Dyer; Furlong, Blissett, Mooney.

Red shorts or black?
Red

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie’
Danny Dyer. Obviously.

Brad Simmons

brad

Position – Right Back
DOB – 5/8/1995
Apps – 53
Goals – 2
Debut v Stevenage – Sep 2012
Worldnets – 0
Nicknames – None yet

Brad joined in September 2012 after seeing details about the club on the WFC forums website. Depressingly for his older team-mates, Brad was not even 2 years old when WIFC were formed, but some fearless displays at both full back spots belie his young years, and he also starred in the London Cup win in 2013, laying on Stu Nicholls’ winner with a storming run and cross. Away from WIFC, Brad is a leading light in the 1881 club, which is great as he can do all our singing for us at Watford games.

Brad’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
Young, and even younger looking

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
Do not remember the opposition, but do remember asking ‘what colour are Watford’?

Finest ever WFC memory
Deeney’s goal against Leicester in the play off semi-final 2nd leg, never expected something like that to happen to Watford, and I always wanted to be part of a pitch invasion.

Worst away trip and why
Losing 4-0 at Carrow Road in 2002, we were so bad that Norwich fans cheered our every pass.

WIFC playing highlight
Running with the ball from left back position to their box and assisting the winning goal in the London Cup Final against Stevenage.

Favourite WIFC moment
Playing at Vicarage Road; amazing experience.

All-time favourite Watford player
Lloyd Doyley

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
Ben Foster, Marco Cassetti, Jay DeMerit, Danny Shittu, Lloyd Doyley, Chris Eagles, Allan Nielsen, John Eustace, Ashley Young, Tommy Smith, Fernando Forestieri

Red shorts or black?
Red

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