Watford have yet to win a major honour despite their long reign in the top four tiers of English football. But there is no denying the fact that some great fooballers have played for the club. Let us have a look at some of the greatest Watford players ever in this list of legends.
Considering some important factors like consistency, longevity, skills and impact on the club, here are the 10 greatest Watford players ever.
10. Troy Deeney
Troy Deeney was signed for an initial £250,000 from Walsall on the eve of 2010/11. His most memorable goal in Watford colours remains his final strike of 20 during 2012/13. An unbelievable injury-time winner in the Championship Play-Off Semi-Final with Leicester City
He captained the Hornets to Premier League promotion, taking home both the Player and Players’ Player Of The Season awards.
The number nine impressed in his opening season in the top flight of English football, captaining the side to a FA Cup Semi-Final and scoring 15 goals in all competitions to help the Hornets secure their Premier League status for another season.
9. John McClelland
John McClelland’s leadership and defensive qualities proved to be a resounding success with the fans at Vicarage Road. He was possibly Graham Taylor’s greatest acquisition at the back as Watford Manager.
An exceptional centre half, McClelland enjoyed a five-year spell at the Hornets, making 231 appearances. He earned recognition for his impressive performances, picking up the Player of the Season award twice in 1985 and 88.
McClelland’s unorthodox running style was his most noticeable feature but he often demonstrated exceptional pace throughout his time with the club.
8. Tony Coton
Tony Coton is arguably Watford’s greatest ever goalkeeper. Graham Taylor spent £300,000 to bring the keeper to Vicarage Road in 1984. During six years with the Hornets, he played 291 times.
Coton lifted the Player of the Season trophy an unprecedented three times before a £1m move to Manchester City in 1990, where he received the same honour twice. He will always be remembered among one of the greatest Watford players ever.
7. Wilf Rostron
Wilf Rostron started off as a left-winger but then spent most of his career as a left-back. Rostron’s attacking instinct remained an important feature of his game, scoring 22 league goals for the Hornets during his 10-year spell with the club.
He played a vital part of Watford’s most successful season in which the team finished second in the top division and reached the FA Cup final for the only time in the club’s history.
A consecutive winner of the Player of the Season award in 1983 and 84, Rostron remained an ever-present in the team throughout Watford’s golden era making over 400 appearances for the Hornets in all competitions.
6. Cliff Holton
A truly exceptional goal-scorer, Cliff Holton joined the club in 1958. Holton remarkably scored a club-record 48 goals in the 1959/60 campaign, earning his place in the history books as one of the greatest ever goal-scorers to have represented Watford.
Following his impressive record, Holton transferred to Northampton and eventually Crystal Palace before returning to Vicarage Road for a brief spell in 1965. He scored 105 goals for Watford. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest Watford players ever.