Watford F.C.

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Watford Football Club (often referred to simply as Watford or Watford F.C. and nicknamed The Hornets) is an English professional association football club based in Watford, Hertfordshire. They play in the Championship. The club was founded in 1881, and played at several grounds before moving to a permanent location at Vicarage Road in 1922, where they remain to this day.[3] Since 1997, Watford have shared the stadium with Saracens Rugby Club.

The club is best known for two spells under the management of former England manager Graham Taylor. The first lasted from 1977 to 1987, when the club rose to the old First Division from the Fourth Division. Once in the highest division of English football, Watford finished second in the league in 1983, reached the FA Cup final in 1984,[4] and competed in the UEFA Cup in the 1983–84 season. The second period spanned from 1997 to 2001, when Taylor took the club from the renamed Second Division to the Premier League in successive seasons. Taylor is currently a non-executive director of the club, and honorary life president alongside Sir Elton John, who owned the club during both of these eras and has continued a long association with the club.[5] Watford compete in the Football League Championship, following relegation from the Premier League in 2006–07. Their current manager is former Watford and Scotland central defender Malky Mackay, who was appointed on 15 June 2009.[6]

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