Watford FC Ladies 2018/19

Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by oxhey67, Aug 24, 2018.

  1. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    Nice write up Oxhey, cheers. Sad to see the worst part of the mens game slowly coming into the womens side.
    The club players have all been given season tickets now so I'll see if I can drag my U18 down to watch one when they haven't got a game.
     
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  2. oxhey67

    oxhey67 Squad Player

    It was a horrible watch but quite satisfying when the final whistle went.
    The Chichester players were really vocal throughout, even during their warm-up routines. Nothing bad about that, it just put me off reading my book! Anyway.

    Once the coaching staff really started haranguing the ref the players followed suit.
    You could see they were getting narked by Watford's ability to stop them playing when the referee halted play so a player from each side could receive treatment for knocks to their heads. Watford had the ball when he blew so Chichester were to return the ball to us, presumably to the keeper. But no, that wasn't to their advantage so they tried kicking it off for a throw-in deep in WFC's half. They somehow failed at that - I can't recall how precisely, I just remember thinking 'Wow, that was supposed to go near the corner flag!' Not so long after the ref stopped play again - it got really niggly - and WFC had to return the ball to them this time. Helen Ward, with a hint of retaliation, tried putting it out for the corner flag throw-in too. She got it to perfection with the ball just striking the pole on the touchline side.

    The only other team I've seen (heard) anywhere near as bad as this lot were QPR but that night the ref had a bit of a shocker so didn't think too much of it. This lot though - just wow! One of the reasons I rarely watch mens football now is the behaviour (cheating) by players and this contesting of every decision by the multitudes on the sideline. It's just boorish behaviour and hopefully Chichester will be the exception rather than the rule.
     
  3. oxhey67

    oxhey67 Squad Player

  4. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    Looks like the club are ditching the Watford FC Girls academy setup. Does this mean they're going to do something "in-house" or dump womens football altogether? Seems odd to have a ladies first team with no feeder club behind it.
     
  5. CYHSYF

    CYHSYF Academy Graduate

    Interesting m8 what's your source? :)

    Watford FC Girls as I understood it had to be self-funded and received no financial support from the club. They are a private entity with a registered office in Edgware and had to pay a pretty penny to use the WFC name and kit. In short they are not part of Watford FC but are affiliated to it so there is no risk or financial drain on the club so it would seem strange if they are pulling the plug on them. I had heard the girls club were struggling financially and there was the training pitch debacle earlier this season which might have something to do with it maybe?
     
  6. CYHSYF

    CYHSYF Academy Graduate

    Speaking to somebody I know at WFC girls and they said their latest filed acccounts show a loss of £21k which is quite astonishing and might explain why WFC have pulled the plug, though as I say I was unaware of any financial commitment to them by the club.
    From 1st of June they are now going to be the 'London Girls Development Academy of Football' - as w@nk names go that can't really get much w@nkier never mind the fact they are not based in London!
    https://www.londongda.co.uk/
    My source also told me that approx 50% of the parents at WFC Girls have said they are leaving so they will need a massive influx of players over the sumer just to keep going.
     
  7. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    The financial side does make sense. It cost each player £400 this season which is a huge amount, then the club told us there was a £100K shortfall in funding which is simply bonkers. I wonder if the cost to use the badge was the big financial drain? It certainly attracted decent players so it's a massive loss. Not sure on the 50% figure myself. At the meeting where this was all discussed many of the younger players parents were very happy with the current setup of the teams. However, if the better players go elsewhere then it'll be a problem.
     
  8. CYHSYF

    CYHSYF Academy Graduate

    Will the new LGDAF carry that debt into the new entity? If so it's going to be a complete millstone round their necks as sponsors will also presumably jump ship now they are no longer associated with WFC, the only way they could then keep going would be to have a hefty hike in subs which could send already disgruntled parents running for the hills.
    I am also hearing control of the WFC Ladies 1st and reserve teams has been passed back to the Community Trust who used to run it up until two years ago, so it looks like everybody is back to square one.
     
  9. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    If the debt actually exists, (have heard some absolute whoppers told this season), then agree. I don't think it exists myself.

    From what I've heard, (amazing how many people seem to be "in the know"), Watford want to take the ladies team to a level where they're going to need a youth setup behind them. Then again, other people who also seem to be "in the know" say the club hierarchy aren't bothered in the slightest about the Womens game. All very odd.
     

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