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Full name Watford Football Club
Nickname(s) The Hornets
Founded 1881; 141 years ago (1881) (self-recognised); 1898; 124 years ago (1898) (amalgamation of West Herts and Watford St. Mary’s)
Ground
capacity
22,200
Owner Gino Pozzo
Chairman Scott Duxbury
Manager Nigel Pearson
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Watford Football Club is an English professional football club in Watford, Hertfordshire. The club recognises its foundation as 1881, aligned with that of its antecedent, Watford Rovers, and was established as Watford Football Club in 1898. After finishing the 1914–15 season as Southern League champions under the management of Harry Kent, Watford joined the Football League in 1920. The club played at several grounds in its early history, before moving to Vicarage Road in 1922.

Graham Taylor's tenure as manager at the club between 1977 and 1987 saw Watford rise from the Fourth to the First Division. The team finished second in the First Division in 1982–83, competed in the UEFA Cup in 1983–84, and reached the 1984 FA Cup Final. Watford declined between 1987 and 1997, before Taylor returned as manager, leading the team to successive promotions from the renamed Second Division to the Premier League for one season in 1999–2000.

The club played in the top division of English football in 2006–07, under Aidy Boothroyd's management. Watford secured promotion in 2014–15, and have competed in the Premier League since 2015–16.

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