Scott Mathers

Position – Striker
DOB – 16/12/1978
Apps – 167
Goals – 82
Debut v Arsenal – Oct 2001
Worldnets – 7
Nicknames – C**t, Gaythers, Homburger

Leading scorer in 2007/08 & 2008/09, and Player of the year in both 2003 and 04, Scott also had a hugely successful spell as Joint Manager of the team during which he and Paul Watt led the club to the final of Worldnet, 2 IFA team of the year awards and 4 successive top ten league finishes. His efforts on and off the pitch saw him deservedly inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2008. Now living in Shropshire, which limits him to occasional appearances, Scott could be relied upon to go down injured at least once a game, and also relished his role as the butt of most of the club’s jokes, actively seeking out further opportunities to enhance this reputation. His most memorable success came during a trip to Nottingham, where he kissed a bloke.

14. Lee Evans

Position – Centre Midfield
DOB – 10/5/1972
Apps – 111
Goals – 28
Worldnets – 12
Debut v CYHSYF FC – Feb 1998
Nicknames – Evo, Injury

One of the first inductees to the WIFC Hall of fame in 2003, and also manager for a spell, Evo’s contribution to WIFC on and off the pitch has been immense. As well as years of combative, all action midfield displays, WIFCers now refer to injuires as Evo’s, due to the number picked up by WIFC’s number eight. Family commitments limit Evo’s appearances these days, but the old warhorse is never far away when Worldnet comes round and he was named B Team Captain in 2008 and 2009.

6. Rob Sterry

Position – Striker
DOB – 15/4/1984
Apps – 239
Goals – 191
Worldnets – 12
Debut v Susies Salon – Jul 2000
Nicknames – Heeeed, Jimmy, Stez, Stereo, Bob, Pinky

Since his drug-addled debut on the Amsterdam trip in 2000, Rob has gone from teenage sensation all the way to “higher levels”, two player of the year awards in 2001 and 2006, and being voted into the WIFC hall of fame in 2006. The club’s all time leading scorer, and almost certainly it’s most big headed and worst dressed player, Rob holds the record for most goals in a season, 39 in 2002/03 and has been top scorer 6 times in total, most recently in 2012/13. Other highlights include a six-goal salvo against Luton in the IFA Cup in 2003, and beating his own club record in 2008 with seven against Dulwich Hamlet. Now exiled in the States, Rob’s race to 200 goals may take a little longer than planned.

Rob’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
Modest, all time top goalscorer and punching above my weight!

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
Southend at home in the early 90s. No one was there and it was the ZDS cup

Finest ever WFC memory
1999 play-off final. Day to remember

Worst away trip and why
Fulham away on boxing day 2000 losing 5-0

WIFC playing highlight
6 goals against Luton

Favourite WIFC moment
6 goals against Luton

All-time favourite Watford player
Craig Ramage (not Lee Nogan ? – Ed)

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
Kevin Miller, Peter Kennedy, Fillipo Galli, Robert Page, Neil Cox, Nordin Wooter, Craig Ramage, Andy Hessenthaler, Gary Porter, Tommy Mooney, Luther Blissett

Red shorts or black?
Don’t care

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

Peter Fincham

Position – Centre Back
DOB – 16/12/1973
Apps – 156
Goals – 13
Worldnets – 13
Debut v Arsenal – May 1997
Nicknames – Mincer, Mincing Finch, Flappy, Knob-Knob

Once described as the beating, bloody heart of WIFC, Hall of Famer Fincham has been at the very hub of the club since inception. Having captained the side for a number of years, the highlight of his WIFC career was scoring the winner in the IFA Cup Semi Final win over St Mirren in 2002, and his legendary streaks at Worldnet will never be forgotten by those unlucky enough to see them. Uncultured and utterly committed in his playing days, Pete’s all action style may have contributed to the back injury to which he finally succumbed to in early 2011.  Having retired, management was always on the cards and Pete took on the role of Veterans team manager in 2011, leading the team to the quarter finals in his first season and victory at the Amsterdam Vets tournament in 2013.

Pete’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
Hardened cynical old bastard who has spent a lifetime wanting to be Mowen

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it? Same as Paula Bet, Cambridge 6/3/81 and it finished 0-0. My only memories were of Gerry Armstrong warming up. My dad didn’t seem to enjoy himself – he left shortly afterwards.

Finest ever WFC memory
Wembley in 99 with the entire WIFC squad at the time. We all used to sit together home and away back in those days and got the best tickets together at Wembley right by the royal box. From throwing Dons crutches into the trees after a pub-breakfast early that morning, to the last knockings around the pond, it was the day of all days.Although this is run close by the whole Amsterdam 2000 trip!

Worst away trip and why
WIFC played Stockport on the morning of our league match with them in November 98. For some reason, a number of us got absolutely hammered the night before in the Estcourt and although we had to leave around 6.30am, at around 7.15 I got a call from a perplexed Evo who was waiting for Alice and I at a garage in Hemel for what was supposed to be his away debut.

After Evo breaking all records to get us to Stockport, we ended up losing 7-2 and Alice had a decent run out, which shows how bad things were. I was still pissed and turning green, while Evo threatened never to do another away game again after a mix up with the definition of petrol money. There’s been many worse WFC days out, but this was my worst WIFC one by far.

WIFC playing highlight
Tie between scoring the winner in the Cup Semi Final v St Mirren (with my right foot!) and the game v the Legennds where I played on the Legends side for a few minutes.

But the repeat awards for Team of the Year are the thing which are most memorable. What started out as a bit of fun and a chance to represent Watford in something small, quickly turned into an ethos and a binding force for so many friendships because we’ve always tried to do things the right way.

Favourite WIFC moment
Between Daz rutting with Manzo in Southampton and being asked to be the 1st captain at Euronet 97 as it was back then.

All-time favourite Watford player
Nigel Gibbs

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
Chamberlain, Gibbs, Robbo, Palmer, Terry, Barnes, Bonnot, Hessenthaler, Tommy Smith, Blissett, Helguson

Red shorts or black?

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

Julian Carrera

Position – Left Back
DOB – 6/5/1972
Apps – 250
Goals – 11
Worldnets – 9
Debut v Arsenal – May 1997
Nicknames – Jules, Lightning

Julian was a member of the original squad, and actually managed the feat of being WIFC’s first ever goalscorer in the inaugural IFC game against Arsenal. Not bad for a defender. Passionate and robust in the challenge as a player, Julian was a regular captain and also spent a spell as manager, leading WIFC to the Worldnet quarter finals in 2003. Julian also took the B team reigns the following year. Julian was the first player to reach 250 appearances before retiring from WIFC duty as the club’s record appearance maker at the time.

Hall of Fame

Created in 2003 by then manager Julian Carrera, the WIFC Hall of Fame exists to honour those who’ve made a significant contribution to the club during their time. Each year at the awards evening, the current management team will select another person to enter the Hall of Fame.

The first entrants were Lee Evans and Simon Devon in 2003, and they were joined by Pete Fincham, leading appearance maker Julian Carrera and Martin Owen in 2004. To celebrate the on-line Hall of Fame’s creation in 2004, two more WIFC legends were selected to join, the club’s founder Aidy Spender and former manager Ian Lay.

In 2005, legendary goalkeeper Dave Perahia was inducted, and he was followed by the youngest entrant thus far, club record scorer Rob Sterry, in 2006. The following year saw Daz Sear and Simon Neill added to the hall of fame, while original squad members Jon Parry and Paul Labbett were honoured at the 2007 Testimonial Dinner.

In 2008, Dave Messenger and Scott Mathers were added for their outstanding contributions to arguably the club’s most successful period and in 2009, current fixtures supremo Matt Wells was honoured. Following a break in 2010, the Hall of Fame welcomed former joint manager Paul Watt to it’s ranks in 2011.

Full profiles of all of the Hall of Famers will be added to this site in the coming weeks.