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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.

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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.

    Chelsea Loss: Troy Deeney, Where's My History?

    Chelsea Loss: Troy Deeney, Where's My History?

    That’s that then. Watford’s catastrophic campaign is over - and we were there to see it.
    Hear what Mike and Jon made of the final day at Stamford Bridge, where Watford were at least able to conjure up a goal in yet another defeat.
    Don’t want to live reminded of the game? Well May we interest you in a few words from a familiar face? We’re joined by Troy Deeney to talk about his inspirational campaign to add BAME history to school curriculum, the focus of a brand new show on Channel 4. As always, Troy is well worth a listen.
    That was the Premier League. This is From the Rookery End.

    • 51 min
    The Squad Pod

    The Squad Pod

    As the end of the season finally (finally!) hives into view, and with the new Head Coach signed, sealed and delivered, attentions are starting to turn to the Watford squad, and which of them will be staying or going.
    That’s the focus of this, the latest From the Rookery End podcast, in which The Athletic’s Adam Leventhal is joined by Mike and DCW to discuss what is sure to be a busy summer of ins and outs at Vicarage Road.
    The futures of big names such as Ismailia Sarr, Emmanuel Dennis and Imran Louza are all discussed, with your hosts also trying to identify what is needed if the Hornets are to have a successful season back in the Championship.
    We’re nearly there. Thanks for sticking with us. Come on you ‘Orns.

    • 48 min
    Lifeless v Leicester; Who is Rob Edwards?

    Lifeless v Leicester; Who is Rob Edwards?

    It's over. The worst season of home games in living memory. And Jon, Jason and Mike met outside Vicarage Road, after the 5-1 defeat to Leicester, to discuss the final nail in the coffin of a terrible season.

    And, after being introduced to the Watford fans, pre-match, FTRE talk with Jacqui Oatley about her feelings about Rob, George Elek, from Not The Top 20 podcasts, about what he achieved at Forest Green and Adam Leventhal, the Athletics Watford correspondent, tells about how the decision was made to finalise the appointment.

    Plus we discuss the Player of The Season and a farewell to Ben Foster.

    COME ON YOU ORNS.

    • 51 min
    We got a draw.... We got a draw

    We got a draw.... We got a draw

    A point at home... How strange! In a match that will not go down in Premier League history, with two poor sides, Watford fans left Vicarage Road with a very strange positive vibe... but we're not really sure why.
    After the final whistle, Jon, Mike and Jason met outside the Hornet Shop to discuss the game, the players who were fit and healthy enough to get on the pitch and, of course, they had to discuss the appointment of Watford's new Head Coach - Rob Edwards. 
    Two games to go in the PL and you never know we might get a win.
    COME ON YOU ORNS

    • 32 min
    Watford's 10 Steps to Relegation

    Watford's 10 Steps to Relegation

    So that's it. After the 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace and confirmation that Watford will be playing the 2022-2023 season back in the Championship, FTRE look back on how we find ourselves in this position. It's been a long time coming and, after a short bit of reflecting on Saturday's defeat, the team discussed the 10 steps that got Watford relegated.
    Decisions get made for a whole host of reasons but which decisions do we feel are the ones that sent the mighty hornets down.
    It's not the end of the season yet, so let's get it out of our system and enjoy our final three games in England's top division.
    This is From The Rookery End... Come on You Orns

    • 57 min
    Leventhal: Home groan to Home grown

    Leventhal: Home groan to Home grown

    It’s Thursday, and you know what that means. No, not that we’re a few days closer to the end of the season, no, not that we’re a few days away from being relegated by our old friends Palace… it’s Thursday, so it’s time for a brand new From the Rookery End podcast!
    This week Adam is joined by DCW and Mike to discuss what is shaping up to be an interesting shortlist of potential names for the soon to be vacant position of Head Coach at Vicarage Road. 
    Your hosts discuss the pros and cons of a former Hornets hero taking over the hot seat, while also debating the attributes that any potential boss will need and should possess.
    There is also a fairly brutal assessment of Roy Hodgson’s time at WD18, as the team try to work out where his appointment ranks alongside other Pozzo choices.
    As always, there’s much to discuss. We hope you enjoy it. Stick with it. We’ll be there with you. Come on you ‘Orns

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
243 Ratings

243 Ratings

Nevikp ,

It’s an age thing!

You lads seem to know how I feel about the way things are going at the Vic with every show! I stood on the terrace watching in the 70’s as a 10 year old, and now listen from my home in Cornwall watching though your eyes, knowing every week you will be fair and to the point! Keep up the great work!

SomeGuy! ,

Still Fresh

After about a decade of listening to the guys I’m finally leaving a review. The reason it’s stayed fresh is because they often disagree, and not in a contrived way, and usually keep things in perspective—something appreciated by a fan whose first match was when we were in the third tier.
My one piece of constructive criticism would be to please put less emphasis on what people are tweeting; Adam has otherwise been a fantastic addition to the pod.
Here’s to another decade.

james.ineson ,

Love it

Love the podcast! Every Watford fan needs to subscribe..

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