Watford FC has been promoted to the Premiership following an excellent season of first class football in the Championship League.
Congratulations to Watford FC who have gained promotion to the Premier League and could win the Championship title should they beat Sheffield Wednesday at Vicarage Road this weekend.
A 2-0 victory over Brighton for the Hornets, in front of the Sky Sport’s camera’s, put the Golden Boys in pole position to reach the Premier League and the pressure was well and truly on for their rivals Middlesbrough and Norwich City. With Norwich City being held to a 1-1 draw with Rotherham United, the Hornets only needed Fulham to beat Middlesbrough in order to secure their promotion to the top flight. Ross McCormack scored Fulham’s winning goal in the final minute to secure a thrilling 4-3 win over Middlesbrough and this confirmed Watford’s promotion to the Premier League, sending the Golden Boys’ fans into raptures.
Strikers Troy Deeney, Matej Vydra and Odion Ighalo have taken much of the credit, with the trio scoring 56 goals between them, which is more than a handful of Championship teams have scored all season.
A number of former Harefield Academy students have been part of the Hornets success this season. Jonathan Bond, Sean Murray, George Byers and Bernard Mensah have all made appearances for the Golden Boys this term, but it is Tommie Hoban who has cemented his position as a first team regular. The defender has made 30 appearances for the Golden Boys this season, and the Republic Of Ireland Under 21 international has proved himself to be a vital member of the club’s defense this season. The Harefield Academy’s partnership with Watford FC has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, with all the above players attending the school at some point in order to complete their GCSE’s or to achieve a BTEC diploma as part of their scholarship in order to further their studies.
The partnership between The Harefield Academy and Watford FC is truly unique and has broken the mould for how Academy football is organised. With 100% of Watford’s 5-16 year olds training taking place at The Harefield Academy we are very much the hub centre for the Watford Academy. Thirty-one boys are part of a unique programme that allows them double their training time and remove all barriers ensuring education, training, physiotherapy and diet are all completed at the Harefield Academy. Hopefully, we will see many more former THA students turning out for the Hornets in the years to come.
The Hornets will now be mixing it with some of the biggest clubs in the world, with Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all facing trips to Vicarage Road next season.
Congratulations once again to Watford FC, and The Harefield Academy wishes the Hornets the best of luck in the Premier League next season!
By Year 13 student Bradley Hayden.