Club: Watford FC | Opening: 1922 | Capacity: 17,477 seats
History and description
Watford FC moved to Vicarage Road in 1922 after it had been playing for 23 years at a ground on Cassio Road. The club played their first match at the new ground on the 30th of August 1922 against Millwall.
Vicarage Road back then consisted of two small covered stands and several terraces. One of these stands, the Union Stand, had been brought from Watford’s previous round on Cassio Road. About a decade later, the Union Stand got replaced by a new stand, the Shrodells Stand.
Further developments to the ground were made in the 1950s and 1960s, among which in 1969 an extension to the Main Stand.
The Shrodells Stand was again replaced by a new stand in 1986. The new Rous Stand consisted of two tiers and introduced corporate facilities to the ground.
In 1993 and 1995, following the Taylor report recommendations, two new stands were built at both ends. This only left the original main stand from 1922 and its extension in place.
After the original part of the main stand had already been closed in 2004 following safety concerns, it was demolished in 2010 as a result of further doubts regarding the state of the stand.
Plans were made for the construction of a complete new main stand, but have thus far not been realised, leaving only the 1969 extension on that side of that ground.
Vicarage Road is located at short walking distance from Watford’s High Street. The walk west from the town centre takes no more than 10 minutes.
Regular trains depart from London Euston to Watford Junction rail station. The journey takes about 20 minutes. The stadium lies another 20 minutes walking from the station, or take bus 10 in the direction of Holywell. Buses leave regularly.
The London Overground is another option. It stops at Watford Junction as well as Watford High Street Rail station. High Street station lies closer to the ground, just a 10-minute walk. The journey by London Overground takes twice as long as that by National Rail though.
Watford is also connected to London by the underground. Watford tube station is the last stop of one of the branches of the Metropolitan line. From Baker Street it takes about 40 minutes to get to Watford. The station is about 1 mile north-west of Vicarage Road, which means an approximate 20-minute walk.
If arriving by car, take either junction 19 or 20 from the M25 motorway. Follow for A41 Watford and after about a mile for A411 Watford. After about 2.5 miles, at the roundabout, turn right onto the A412 Rickmansworth. From there on follow the signs for Watford General Hospital. After a few turns you will drive past the stadium on your left.
Address: Vicarage Road, Watford, WD18 0ER
Tickets for Watford FC games can be bought online, by phone +44 (0) 844 856 1881, at the Watford Shop at the Harlequin Shopping Centre in Watford’s town centre, or at the Ticket Office at the stadium.
If tickets remain available, these can also be bought at the Ticket Office on the day of the match, though Watford advices against doing so due to possible long queuing. On Saturdays the Ticket Office is open from 9:00 am until kickoff.
Watford sells out few matches in the Championship.
Tickets cost £26.00 for all stands except the Upper Road Stand which costs £31.00.
For more information call +44 (0) 844 856 1881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relevant Internet links
Watfordfc.com – Official website of Watford FC.
Watfordforyou.org – Information about the city of Watford.
Tfl.gov.uk – Website of the London Underground and other London public transport.
Journeyplanner.org – Public transport journey planner.
Nationalrail.co.uk – Check train times and fares.