2020 - an unprecedented year.
Watford 3 Liverpool 0, the last time crowds were allowed into Vicarage Road.
Watford 3 Stoke City 2, in an empty ground.
Two contrasting images combined in a single framed print available for you to own. Commissioned by the club and created by Master Photographer and life long Watford fan, Martin Smith.
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Dateline 29 February 2020. 7 30pm. Watford 3 Liverpool 0 and the football world is in shock. The champions elect have suffered their first defeat of the season. Vicarage Road is rocking. "Just Cant Get enough" is booming around the ground. In a full stadium, everyone is on their feet in disbelief at what they had just witnessed. Moments earlier I pressed the shutter to record one of the great moments in Watford history. Little did we know that this would be the last time we would see crowds like this in the stadium in 2020.
Roll forward six months and I was back at Vicarage Road as an invited guest. This time the opponents were Stoke City. Three more goals and another victory. Just after the 90 minute mark I took a similar picture from the same location. But this time everything was different. “Just can’t get enough” echoed around an eerie, empty stadium. Colourful banners and decoration replaced fans in seats and the ground was devoid of atmosphere.. But this was the year of the pandemic, 2020 - an unprecedented year.
As a life long fan of Watford Football Club I still remember my first visit to Vicarage Road back in 1967. Having been there, at most of the great Watford nights since then, I wanted to portray these unprecedented times from a WFC perspective, and make these images available to fellow supporters.
Martin Smith, Founder Mr Smith World Photography