Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by Pob, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. Pob

    Pob First Year Pro

    Whether you’re into your Joy Division or your Russ Abbott type of atmosphere there seems to be a view that atmosphere has an effect on the outcome of games. Home advantage seems to be negated without the crowds based on the Bundesliga experience.

    If atmosphere wins points should WFC be doing more? Ok there are no fans but what about all the Watford subs, the physios, Gino, Scott, Emma Saunders, Nigel, the Shakespeare lad and all the others? If you add them all up there must be at least 32 of them who should be able to string an Elton Johns Taylor Made Army out for 10-15 minutes. They could at least do a Come On You Horns at corners or the occasional We Hate Luton.

    I think it’s time for some of the squad members and ancillary staff to play their part. There could even be a singer of the season award. Even if it will make us look a bit odd it might be put opposition teams off and make them fearful of coming to COVID Vic.

  2. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    Football is utter garbage to watch without the crowds.
  3. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason First Team Captain

    Spot on Pob!

    I used to be involved with my local football team called Lostwithiel who played in the Duchy League in Cornwall, many leagues down the football pyramid. Me and a few other stalwarts used to watch them on our local playing field and quite often at away matches too.

    We rarely had 32 people watching, but we used to make some noise to support the lads, so why shouldn't all the WFC connected people in the ground give the lads some vocal support? Because even if they actually support other football teams their jobs could possibly be on the line if WFC were to get relegated, so that should give them even more incentive to make sure the boys win.
  4. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! First Year Pro

    Crowd noise has been a damp squib in the Prem thus far, hopefully this serves as a reminder of the importance of the fans, though I'm not holding my breath!
  5. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! First Year Pro

    Sounds good in theory, though when you have so few people shouting out in a 'big' stadium, mightn't it just serve as a distraction?
  6. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    “COME ON, TIM!”
    The undeniable truth likes this.
  7. Pob

    Pob First Year Pro

    We could train to get used to the distraction whereas the away team would be utterly bamboozled. Plus it would get us loads of publicity for being unusual which would help with global branding, possibly. What’s not to like about Holebas singing “We all follow the Watford, over land and sea.....”
  9. OK but holding your breath for 90 mins has been proven to be the best way to avoid spreading the virus.
  10. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Indeed. Can you imagine the television companies thought at one stage they could do without crowds when formulating their contracts with the PL ? Fans were a nuisance and not really needed. Turns out without fans these matches feel like a game down the park with one man and his dog watching.

  11. Great video but has nothing on our flag-waving spell at Wembley a year ago. Amateurs.
  12. Moosegasm

    Moosegasm First Year Pro

    They could easily mic up some of the 1881 from their homes when they're watching games and then play it loud to make it sound like a big crowd
  13. Hornpete

    Hornpete Squad Player

    You reckon? How would each member of the "choir" know what to sing when?
  14. HappyHornet24

    HappyHornet24 Crapster Staff Member

    Who will they boo?
  15. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    What a shitole
    You got no fans.
    You got no ground.
  16. miked2006

    miked2006 Premiership Prediction League Proprietor

    I imagine our players will be sorely missing the odd drumbeat which makes it past the halfway line of the SEJ stand.
    Cassetti's Beard likes this.
  17. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    I'd imagine when Nath gets on the blower there would be a lot of bleeping sounds inserted....:p
    Moosegasm likes this.
  18. Moosegasm

    Moosegasm First Year Pro

  19. Moosegasm

    Moosegasm First Year Pro

    Wow those guys are way nicer than Boca fans. Been to the Bomboneira a couple of times in the hardcore section and above it. Genuine mayhem and carnage!
  20. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    We could simply put the ground under continuous bombardment like Hammarby’s fans do when it’s the hockey season.
  21. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! First Year Pro

    That's actually bandy, which is similar to ice hockey but with 11 a side and a round ball. It does have some history in this country, I believe Nottingham Forest originally played the sport before focusing on football
    Bwood_Horn and Moose like this.
  22. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    I used 3CR for Leicester. The experience isn't honestly any different versus 3CR games with crowds, so might be worth giving that a try if you're finding watching to be too jarring.
    Diamond likes this.
  23. Sort of OK

    Sort of OK First Year Pro


    15000 on a massive conference call played over the speakers
    Moosegasm likes this.
  24. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Apparently on 5live they are so close to the benches the commentary catches the eye or ears of the coaches and they have looked around once or twice.

    Maybe it does feel better on the radio ?'
    Hogg-DEENEY!!! likes this.
  25. Cassetti's Beard

    Cassetti's Beard First Team

    Barely an atmosphere before Covid-19, unless we were winning and even then it would fade away back to silence after 5 minutes
    miked2006 likes this.
  26. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! First Year Pro

    Was something in the air even before kick-off at the Liverpool game, but yeah, we don't have the most atmospheric of grounds lol
  27. hemelhorn88

    hemelhorn88 Academy Graduate

    Can't they let Harry in with his drum.
  28. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason First Team Captain

    Talking about atmosphere, even our home artificial crowd noise has been crap so far. It is mostly a low droning noise with very little defined Watford bias.

    Whereas other clubs are actually using their home crowd noise very well and pretty much constantly broadcasting very home bias crowd noise, which maybe is giving their players just a little bit of a boost.
  29. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    It's dubbed over the top by the tv companies. The ground itself has no crowd noise while the game is being played.
    luke_golden and Jumbolina like this.
  30. Pob

    Pob First Year Pro

    Does anyone remember when they used to play chants through the tannoy on the old Vicarage Road terrace to try and improve the atmosphere? If we got a corner they tannoy would crackle into action and a feeble recording of “Come on you Orns” would crackle out, Pretty embarrassing.
  31. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

  32. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason First Team Captain

    If that is the case, the TV companies obviously don't like us, because as I said other teams get far better supportive dubbed sound than we do.
  33. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky First Year Pro

    Wow that takes me back, I think it was during Colin Lee's reign of apathy. Crowds were so bad that you could practice social distancing on the terraces.
    Pob likes this.
  34. Teide1

    Teide1 Squad Player

    I thought it was jolly good of the club to provide rails for each supporter to lean on!
    Tricky Dicky likes this.

Share This Page