Followers of our social media pages may recently have noticed several posts referencing a new book by John Murray. The A – Z of Watford FC comes from the Tales From The Vicarage stable. The author put out a plea to Watford FC supporters to contribute to this guide and The Kitchen contributed on a daily basis.
There was barely a letter that we couldn’t find a connection to. We’d baked cakes for Gino Pozzo and Troy Deeney. Featuring models of Will Hughes and Udinese players. Mrs Kitchen had enjoyed Graham Taylor’s company at Lite Lunch, and years ago booked birthday parties in the Family Enclosure with Anne Swanson at the helm. Mrs Kitchen’s son edits the Golden Pages and writes a match report for The Verdict – and we’ve modelled many a buZZing Hornet out of sugarpaste!
We tweeted and re-tweeted, all in fun and little expecting to find ourselves invited to a photoshoot for the book. Mrs Kitchen went off to Vicarage Road on the day that Graham Taylor’s statue was unveiled and surprised the photographer with the number of friendly voices calling out “Hello Mrs Kitchen!”
At that point we weren’t sure the photo would make the final cut. And it wasn’t until the day of the launch – at the Watford Palace Theatre – that Mrs Kitchen discovered she was actually on the back cover.
What a surprise – and an honour! It may not be possible to get to a game these days, working seven days a week doesn’t leave much time for such things. But when you have supported Watford for almost forty years, stood on the terraces as they beat Sunderland 8- Nil, sold the Golden Pages outside the Hornet Shop in the cold and the rain, and sat chatting to Troy Deeney over a mug of green tea – well don’t tell me you don’t support the club with every fibre of your being.
This season has started pretty well. Four wins out of four and joint top of the Premier League – that will do nicely. Javi Gracia has been named as Barclays Manager of the Month so of course we’ve baked him a cake. We will deliver it to the club tomorrow and be sure to share photos on here so watch this space!
And what does all this have to do with The Kitchen and why is this on the blog…?
Watford FC has long prided itself on being a Family Club and part of the community. Values we share at The Kitchen. Perhaps this is where to leave this post!