12. Andrew Ibbott

Position – Full Back
DOB – TBC
Apps – 5
Goals – 0
Worldnets – 0
Debut v WBA – April 2016
Nicknames – None, yet

The double whammy of being a Watford fan and ticket office employee made WIFC a natural fit for Andrew, who was recruited for an away trip to West Brom in 2015/16 and joined the full squad the following season. At home on either flank, Andrew has made a solid start to his Internet ‘Orns career.

11. Adam Gallichan

Position – Midfield
DOB – TBC
Apps – 6
Goals – 0
Worldnets – 0
Debut v Unknown Opponents – 2016
Nicknames – None, yet

Newcomer Adam completes the Sterry family set – he is married to Rob and Ed’s sister, Helen and joined the WIFC action at the start of the 2016/17 season. A central midfielder and former charge of manager Richard Walker at Old Garston Boys, Adam has made a solid start to his WIFC career.

Jerry Ladell

Position – On the touchline, failing that in the bar, failing that full back
DOB – 19/08/57
Apps – 7
Goals – 0
Worldnets – 2
Debut v Barnsley – September 2013
Nicknames – Matt’s Dad

Jerry made his debut alongside his son, Matt, as part of a fun bus trip to Barnsley in September 2013. He remembers us losing 3-2, when in fact it was 5-2 and that probably sums up his contributions quite well that day. All joking aside, Jerry has been a regular at the club since and has played a vital part in ensuring that Matt can make games. Jerry regularly runs the line and helped out as referee for our game against Northampton, awarding a final minute penalty against his son for good measure.

Jerry’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
An old git who should know better to be trying to still play football at his age

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
The first I can really remember is Liverpool 1967 3rd Round of the FA Cup – we drew 0-0 (lost the replay 3-1). I watched it from the roof of the Red Lion Garage!

Finest ever WFC memory:
Finishing runners-up to Liverpool in our first season in the old first division.

Worst away trip and why
Easy, Torquay 27 December 1977, won 3-2. I am reminded of the game every time I look in the mirror. I decided to try and head a brick away that was thrown by a Torquay fan, it smashed my nose to bits….

WIFC playing highlight
Injuring myself in the warm up of our first vets game up in Leeds during the summer – only managed 15 minutes play during the whole weekend, and those minutes weren’t very memorable!

Favourite WIFC moment
That’s still to come (I hope), other than that the 20/20 cricket at Headingley with the vets

All-time favourite Watford player
For ages it was Billy Jennings but then along came Heidar Helguson.

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
M.Walker; D.Welbourne; W.Rostron; K.Eddy; I.Bolton; L.Taylor; T.Garbutt; J.Barnes; S.Scullion; H.Helguson & M.Vydra

Red shorts or black?
Red.

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie’
Got to be George Clooney – we have the same chiselled looks!

20 John Sitkowski

JohnSitkowski

Position – Centre Back
DOB – 07/01/1992
Apps – 40
Goals – 2
Worldnets – 0
Debut v Southampton – June 2013
Nicknames – Gary Neville

John arrived at the club at the back end of the 2012/13 season, making his debut in our final game at home to Southampton. He’s since gone on to be a regular fixture in the side, opening his goalscoring account the following season v AFC Wimbledon when he rounded the keeper and took a few touches to make sure. John capped off a decent debut season by starting in the 2014 London Cup final and finished as runner up in the ‘Best Newcomer’ award.

John’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
Serious and always fashionably late.

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
vs. Bolton in ’99 at Wembley. I can’t remember a lot but the Watford streaker gave me nightmares for weeks.

Finest ever WFC memory:
Play off semi final against Leicester. Pretty obvious choice, but to go from such a low feeling of conceding a penalty to go out of the play offs, to scoring and going to Wembley in a matter of seconds was incredible.

Worst away trip and why
I’ve only ever seen Watford lose once away, and that was the first leg of the play off semi final against Leicester.

WIFC playing highlight
Still yet to score, so I’ll go for starting in the 13/14 season cup final.

Favourite WIFC moment
I really enjoyed Barnsley away during 13/14 season. Fun bus antics and beating them 5-1 in the afternoon.

All-time favourite Watford player
Lloyd Doyley

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
Foster, Doyley, Shittu, Demerit, Mariappa; Young, Abdi, Battochio, Adam Johnson, Mooney, Deeney.

Red shorts or black?
Black.

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

19. Ben Pegram

Position – Centre Midfield
DOB – 19/4/1992
Apps – 50
Goals –  15
Debut v Dagenham & Redbridge – May 2012
Worldnets – 1
Nicknames – None, but he does have a lot of shit tattoos

Midfielder Ben joined the full squad for the start of the 2012/13 season, during which he was an intern in the sports science department at Vicarage Road. Ask him about being set up for a goal by Gianfranco Zola in a staff match, if you dare. Ben made his debut in the closing stages of the previous season and impressed with his passing in a win at Dagenham. Since then, Ben has become another versatile member of the squad, appearing regularly at left-back in recent times.

Ben’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
“Eat football, drink football, sleep football…but, now, if only i could play football?”

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
Sitting behind a pillar at the old Wembley as we beat Bolton 2-0 in the Playoff Final! Nicky Wright slinging in a overhead kick before disappearing off the face of the world and Tommy Mooney being a clown with the cup on his head! Also ensuring that when I went home the tapped version ofthe match did not contain the two streakers on the pitch as at that age I felt it highly inappropriate for someone to being ruining a match with their bare nakedness!

Finest ever WFC memory
Being told by Leeds fans that we are a disgrace to football as we walked to the sold out Millenium Stadium to witness the Golden Boys tear apart Leeds with James Chambers expetionally well placed with perfect spin!

Worst away trip and why
Accepting tickets from a Chelsea friend in the home stand for the league cup and sitting amongst their skinheads next to a father and son who had decided to wear Watford shirts, plus getting turned over quite badly out on the pitch.

WIFC playing highlight
Being able to pull on the Golden Jersey and walk out for my debut against Dagenham amongst a whole team of other Watford loyals!

Favourite WIFC moment
By far the best save I have ever witnessed from our centre back, captain, and ‘Mr. Watford’ to earn himself a red card, requiring nerves of steel from the whole team until I tucked away the free kick that steadied the ship!

All-time favourite Watford player
Tommy Mooney

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
Ben Foster; Llloyd Doyley, Steve Palmer, Robert Page, Paul Robinson; Tommy Smith, Nordin Wooter, Micah Hyde, Ashley Young; Heidar Helguson, Tommy Mooney.

Red shorts or black?
Black

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie’
Gerard Butler – ‘This. Is. WATFORD!’

1. Richard Walker

Position – Goalkeeper
DOB – 16/4/1973
Apps – 100
Goals – 10
Debut v Arsenal – Oct 2001
Worldnets – 5
Nicknames – Frank, The Music Man

Shouty goalie and current team manager Rich regularly bursts the eardrums of his team-mates when he appears, and not even strikers are safe as Scott Mathers can testify. Behind the bluster beats the heart of a fiercely competitive maniac, hell bent on stopping whatever opponents can throw at him. Rich is also the creative genius behind The Music Man songs at Worldnet, where he often leads the whole team in a rendition of the old classic.

Rich’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
I am a highly-combustible, highly-competitive goalkeeper, or central midfielder if duty calls, who loves seeing team-mates give their best at all times.

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
It was a 1-0 win over Exeter City in October 1978. “LUTHER”, as the scoreboard used to say (full names for everyone else), scored the goal and the two things I remember most were the feeling of excitement I got when Z-Cars was played and the smell of pipe / cigar tobacco wafting around the Vicarage Road terrace. I stood on a stool my Dad built, which had ‘Up The Hornets’ written on it in indelible pen, just to the east side of the scoreboard with a crush barrier to lean on.

Finest ever WFC memory
The moment the second goal went in at Wembley in 1999. That win actually led me to work for the club, given the demands of the Premier League. But that moment when Allan Smart scored, time stood still and I just cried uncontrollably for about five minutes. So unexpected, so magical, hard to think we’ll ever repeat that feeling (even if the same result is achieved at any time).

Worst away trip and why
Coming back from Fulham, Christmas 2000. Any lingering thoughts of us reviving our early-season form were buried that day.

WIFC playing highlight
My first Worldnet in 2001 – I had one of my best-ever performances, including all levels of football I’ve played in over the years, against eventual winners Middlesbrough when I was the ‘B Team Keeper’ for the weekend.

Favourite WIFC moment
It’s always the hush that descends when i start up The Music Man at WorldNet!

All-time favourite Watford player
Goalkeeper: Tony Coton. Outfield player: Gary Porter.

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
1 Tony Coton, 2 Nigel Gibbs, 3 Keith Dublin, 4 Craig Ramage, 5 Colin Foster, 6 John McClelland, 7 David Bardsley, 8 Luther Blissett, 9 Paul Wilkinson, 10 Gary Porter, 11 Ronny Rosenthal.

Red shorts or black?
Red. Successful times.

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

6. Ed Sterry

Position – Right Back
DOB – 14/1/1990
Apps – 103
Goals – 1
Debut v Brentford Hey Jude – June 2007
Worldnets – 3
Nicknames – Sterry Junior, Chinky

Ed first joined the ranks in 2007, just missing out on the chance to beat his elder brother Rob’s then record of being the youngest ever player. Sterry Junior is less ginger and less talented than his big brother, but is much funnier, and is now a reliable member of the squad who recently passed the 100 appearance mark. Ed’s highlights include being man of the match at the 2012 Vic Road game and being awarded the most improved player gong for the 2011/12 season.

 

8. Stuart Nicholls

Position – Centre Back/Left Back
DOB – 29/4/1988
Apps – 120
Goals – 38
Debut – WIFC Yellows v Reds – Sep 2010
Worldnets – 4
Nicknames – Pricko, Prickles

Stuart joined the club during a recruitment drive at the start of the 2010/11 season, making a goal-scoring debut in the Yellows v Reds game. Stuart started off in midfield, and scored a contender for best WIFC goal with his strike from the half-way line at Barnsley in his first season. Stuart has since shown his versatility by impressing in defence in the second half of the 2011/12 season, then up front at the tail-end of 2012/13 where he hit 7 in 3 games, including two hat-tricks and the winner in the London Cup final. Despite all of this and well over 100 appearances for the club, his chronic lack of banter remains a major concern.

Stu’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence:
A direct quote from my parents – “A disappointment to mankind”

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it? Watford 2-0 Grimsby – October 1991, 2 and a half at the time, can’t remember anything about the game but I’m assured I was one of the 6,000 to be there.

Finest ever WFC memory:
Crystal Palace 0 – 3 Watford 2006, Play-off semi final. Pieing off playing my Sunday league cup final to travel down to South London with the mother, to watch my favourite away day display. Honorable mentions, again to the mother for letting me stay up to watch the penalty shoot out away at Birmingham in ’98 and of course both play-off finals. Great days out.

Worst away trip and why:
Fulham 5 – Watford 0, boxing day 2000. Forced to go by the parents instead of being allowed to stay in and play my brand new edition of LMA Manager on the original playstation, dragged along in the freezing cold, snow biting at my pre-pubescent face, having to stand up for what felt like days, to watch us go and get completely Saville’d.

WIFC playing highlight –
I refer you to the clip – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxDBGLBfMs4

Favourite WIFC moment:
Well I can’t really say the goal I scored from the half way line again, can I? …The goal I scored from the half way line.

All-time favourite Watford player:
Didn’t make the team below because I was going for a balanced side but it has to be Trevor Benjamin. Providing me with the hope that I too, can one day be a professional footballer.

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
Foster – Robinson – Page – Demerit – Doyley – Young – Cleverley – Palmer – Kennedy – Helguson – Mooney

Red shorts or black?
Black

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie’:
Awkwardness all over – Michael Cera

Panos Fellas

Position – Centre Midfield
DOB – 2/2/1962
Apps – 170
Goals – 16
Debut Unknown – 1998
Worldnets – 5
Nicknames – Pan

WIFC’s senior citizen, Panos became the first player to appear for WIFC after his 50th birthday during the 2011/12 season. However, the aged one’s fitness puts many of his younger team-mates to shame, and he will quite probably carry on playing long past some of us as a result. Player of the year in 2002, Panos still does that amusing thing of tilting his head when he runs, there are surely a few more years in the tank, yet.

22. Jeremy Hinds

Position – Goalkeeper
DOB – TBC
Apps – 63
Goals – 4
Debut – WIFC Yellows v Reds – Sep 2010
Worldnets – 0
Nicknames – Jez, Hinos, Big posh sod

Jeremy joined the club at the start of the 2010/11 season, making his debut in the Yellows v Reds game that season. Since then,  the big posho has grown in stature and confidence around the squad and was voted best newcomer for 2010/11, the 3rd keeper to win that particular award. Jeremy’s undoubted on pitch highlights are two match winning displays at Barnet, the second of which won him the inaugural WIFC Willie Thorne man of the match award, while he’s also scored at the other end in a few appearances as a makeshift striker.

Jez’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
I am pretty much Boris Johnson in everyway…..

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
Watford 4 Bolton 3 in 1993 – 3 nil down after 60 minutes, apparently I spent the next 10 minutes asking to go home. Gary Porter then smashed a quick fire hatrick and I’ve been hooked since!

Finest ever WFC memory
The 1999 playoff final. The 2006 final was great but I expected us to win that. The 99’ final was my only game at the old Wembley, the fact it was only 20 mins on the train (and we all know I love trains) and being there with about 15 members of my family made it a pretty special day.

Worst away trip and why
Hull, 2008. Lost 3-0, down to 10 men, got food poisoning from a dodgy kebab and then got a puncture on the way home. Oh, and it was in Hull.

WIFC playing highlight
Our 3-2 win away at Barnet which led to me winning to inaugural (and the last) signed Willie Thorne man of the match award.

Favourite WIFC moment
It’s just a mixture of all the various away trips (with and without WIFC football in the morning). Great days out, including Millwall, Charlton, Bolton, Nottingham and Leeds. Nottingham probably being my favourite since I was still paralytic at kick off and only a ball square in the face sobered me up enough to make any contribution!

All-time favourite Watford player
Nigel Gibbs – Read the game better than anyone else I’ve seen at Watford and his nosebleed celebration has always been a favourite of mine!

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
(4-3-3) Miller, Gibbs, Page, Demerit, Kennedy, Young, Spring, Eustace, Mooney, Helguson, Smith

Red shorts or black?
Black

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie’
Hugh Grant – Floppy hair, public school background and a bit of a bumbling fool! (and he’d definitely be a keeper if he played football, quite tall, slightly crazy and has a good voice on him!)