From The Rookery End - A show about Watford FC
From The Rookery End - A show about Watford FC
The Athletic
From the Rookery End is the definitive Watford FC podcast. Join lifelong supporters Jon, Jas and Mike after every single game to hear their take on the Hornets’ performances, with expert analysis and insight provided by The Athletic’s Watford correspondent Adam Leventhal. From the Rookery End - essential listening for Watford fans since 2010.
Deeney and Sarr stoke Watford Win
From the Rookery End does Friday night football!  Jon, Jas, Mike and Colin gathered remotely to watch Watford take on Stoke, and we’re more able to enjoy a Friday night takeaway consisting of three valuable points! Confusion at another lacklustre first half away display quickly gave way to delight with Troy Deeney orchestrating a second half rally, that despite a nervous final few moments, saw Watford turn in an impressive display that takes them level with second place Swansea. The boys answer a few of your questions while watching the match, which ended up being the Hornets’ third win in a week. Come on you Horns! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 23
47 min
Watford beat Barnsley - Back to Back Wins
After another home win for the Hornets, in less than a week, Jon, Jason and Colin gathered to talk through the stand out performers, where Watford won this game of football and how the squad has come on since losing to Barnsley back on halloween. Plus Mike and Adam were at the game and discussed how active the transfer window is looking as we head into the last 10 days and Adam has caught up with a former Hornet who is off to sunnier climates this summer. Another battle midweek performance and another triumphant From The Rookery End COME ON YOU ORNS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 19
46 min
Terriers Tamed, Marvin and the mind of a footballer
On a day where the whole Watford family were remembering Graham Taylor, the Golden boys were back in winning ways against Huddersfield. Jon, Mike and Jason talk about the key players, the change in mentality and where the squad is at for the upcoming games and the rest of this season.  Also, after much frustration from Watford fans about the off field activities of Ben Foster and Troy Deeney, we wanted to get in the mind of footballers and how they cope. We got in touch with former hornet Marvin Sordell to ask how he keeps a healthy mind and how he didn't always when on the pitch! Come on you ‘Orns! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 16
1 hr 11 min
Hopeful for Huddersfield
It’s back to league action this weekend , and right on cue From the Rookery End is back to look forward to a huge game against Huddersfield. Jon and Mike are joined by The Athletic’s Watford correspondent Adam Leventhal to discuss the Hornets’ likely transfer activity in January, as well as a look at a player who has already joined the ranks; Phillip Zinckernagel. We also hear from Jan Lohman, Watford’s first ever overseas signing and the subject of a fascinating recent interview with Adam for The Athletic. As Watford enter a crucial period of the season, From the Rookery End will be with you every step of the way. Come on you ‘Orns! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 13
48 min
CUP KO: Watford beaten at Old Trafford
Watford were knocked out of the FA Cup despite a spirited performance at Old Trafford, with Jason, Jon and Mike gathering the day after to discuss the defeat. There is praise for new signing Zinckernagel, deputy keeper Bachmann and the impressive Sierralta, while question marks remain over the Hornets attacking prowess. As is (sadly for Mike in particular) customary, there is also another FA Cup quiz, let us know how you get on with Jon’s fiendish questions in the comments below. It’s a defeat. It’s not the end of the world. It’s a new From the Rookery End. Come on you ‘Orns! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 10
1 hr 2 min
Swansea slip-up: Watford lose at the Liberty
Watford were unable to capitalise on a decent win against table topping Norwich, starting the new year with defeat at Swansea. In the first podcast of 2021, Jas, Jon and Mike are joined by The Athletic’s Watford correspondent Adam Leventhal to discuss the defeat. Adam also sheds light on what the January transfer window may look like for the Hornets, while Jon talks to Steve Wyss of the Nordic Football Pod to get the lowdown on new signing Philip Zinckernagel.  It’s a new year. It’s a new podcast. It’s From the Rookery End! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 3
1 hr
Joyful & Triumphant: Watford beat Norwich
As another year approaches its end, a new era is already underway at Vicarage Road, and in this, the 79th From the Rookery End of 2020, Jas, Mike and Jon get together to discuss the first performance under new Head Coach Xisco Muñoz. Among the discussion around the well deserved win against table-topping Norwich, there’s praise for a rejigged back line, hope for Andre Gray and joy at seeing Ismaila Sarr (and others) finding their smile again. The Athletic’s Watford correspondent Adam Leventhal shares what he’s learned about the Hornets’ new Head Coach during the writing of two fascinating articles on the former Valencia man, while what end of year podcast would be complete without a quiz! Do Watford have their mojo back? Only time will tell. But one thing is for certain; this is From the Rookery End! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 27, 2020
1 hr 7 min
Ivic Out - What next for Watford?
A poor performance at Huddersfield proved to be the final straw for Watford, who have parted company with Head Coach Vladimir Ivić. In the new podcast, Jon, Jas and Mike get together to discuss what went wrong and what needs to happen now. As a tumultuous season continues, the boys try to work out just WHU Vladimir Ivić was unable to make a success of his tenure and ask if there are deeper areas for concern than just the Head Coach. Fresh from his trip to the John Smiths Stadium, The Athletic’s Adams Leventhal joins the gang to give some detail on exactly what went down in the hours after the defeat at Huddersfield. It’s another weekend in the life of a Watford fan. It’s another Head Coach. It’s a brand new From the Rookery End! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 20, 2020
1 hr 4 min
Watford grab a point against Brentford
Another 2,000 fans made it into Vicarage Road, including DCW, Jason and Colin. They witnessed another home draw and another game of two halves - a poor first and a more positive second half. You can also hear from Vladimir Ivic post match and Mike caught up with Adam Leventhal, the Athletic's Watford correspondent, to discuss the recent return of Troy Deeney and the possible return of Glen Murray to Brighton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 15, 2020
40 min
A Blaster in Brum + St Andrew Memories
Watford scrapped their way to a valuable (if not memorable) win at Birmingham, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney penalty, leaving Jason, Jon and Mike to try and work out how they should be feeling after a game that was short of quality and goalmouth incident. As well as the review of the win, there’s also a look back at a slightly more adrenaline fuelled occasion af St Andrews; the 1999 Play Off Semi Final. That incredible night is brought to life via a number of fans’ brilliant stories, some who were in Birmingham that night, some of whom were watching from afar. Whatever your memories of that game, we promise you this is well worth a listen. It’s a chat about the present and an enjoyable look back at a memorable moment in Watford history. It’s From the Rookery End! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 13, 2020
59 min
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