THIS Saturday is Academy Day at Vicarage Road where the future of the club is put under the spotlight, and we celebrate the achievements of our ever-prolific Academy.

Supporters attending the game will see our youngsters in and around the ground from 2pm.

As always, an 84 page matchday magazine will be available, this edition will be slightly different from normal as it ties in with the focus on the younger generation at Vicarage Road.

Rookie defender Dale Bennett graces the cover - this is fitting as he was the last product of the Academy to make his debut for the Hornets' first team. 

Boss Aidy Boothroyd, Chairman Graham Simpson and captain Jay DeMerit offer their normal programme notes, with the manager and Chairman discussing the impact of our Academy and their future hopes.


The in-depth feature this week takes a look at Watford's prolific Academy and what the future holds, especially so with the exciting and ground-breaking partnership with The Harefield Academy.

We speak to Academy manager Mark Warburton who talks about his hopes for the younger generation, and the club's philosophy and ethos about producing more than just talented footballers for the future.

Meanwhile new employee Tim Ball (Academy Business Manager) talks about his role in the ever-competitive world of youth football and how he is gearing his energy towards providing extra funding for the Hornets.

This Saturday we also welcome our new recruits at under nine level, Ose Aibangee (Assistant Academy manager 6-11s) and Dave Godley (Youth Development Officer 6-11s) welcome the new boys and explain how they came to be a part of the club.

We wish the youngsters a long and happy stay with the Golden Boys and hope to see them wearing the famous shirt in the future.

There's also all the usual features with updates from reserve team boss Malky Mackay, Head of Corporate Raj Athwal, our new BBC Three Counties correspondent Jon Marks and club chaplain Clive Ross.

In our regular look back at the past, this week our 'If The Cap Fits' feature looks at the career of Micah Hyde with The 'Orns and Jamaica, while our managerial glance looks at the Watford career of Bill Findlay.

Priced at £3, copies will be available in and around Vicarage Road on Saturday.