WATFORD V COVENTRY CITY
SATURDAY MARCH 17TH AT 3PM
AT VICARAGE ROAD, STADIUM, WATFORD, WD18 0ER
Kick off at 3pm.
Club Coach costs £15 and leaves the Ricoh Arena at 11.30pm.
M1 to junction 5 and take the A4408 towards Watford Town Centre. This will take you round the ring road and follow the signs for Watford General Hospital as the ground is next to the hospital.
From the North: Join the M25 and follow until Junction 20. Exit and follow signs for Hempstead Road, follow Hempstead Road into central Watford. Follow the large roundabout system at the end of Hempstead Road and exit towards Rickmansworth A412. Follow this road for 1/4 mile and turn left at the end of the underpass. Go through two traffic lights and turn left into 'The Hornets' at the East end of Vicarage Road.
From the South: Join the M25 and head north past M4/Heathrow, then past the M40 Oxford Exit at Junction 16. Take the exit at Junction 18. The slip road goes up to a bridge going across the motorway, turn left towards Rickmansworth. Head down into Rickmansworth until you arrive at a large roundabout near Rickmansworth BR station. Turn left here along the A412 towards Watford. Follow signs into Croxley Green. Continue straight over at the two roundabouts past Croxley, then take the fifth right exit on to Harwood Road. Continue straight down, heading straight over the traffic lights, until you come to the end of the road. At the end turn left and you will now be on Vicarage Road, continue for a few hundred metres and you will see the ground on your right hand side.
By train and tube
The nearest station is Watford High Street, a ten minute walk away from the ground. Watford Junction train station is about a 20 minute walk. Directions from Watford Junction are as follows:
Leave the station and take the main road straight opposite (Clarendon Road) all the way over the Ring Road at the lights and up to the High Street. Turn left and go past the Wetherspoons (Moon under Water) on your right and then take the first right after 100 yards into Market Street. Continue along again crossing Ring Road to T junction and then left the chip shop. Vicarage Road is the next right turn.
Watford also has its own London Underground tube station, which is on the Metropolitan Line and is situated just under one mile from Vicarage Road.
There is no parking available for fans at the ground and street parking is exclusively restricted for local residents by way of matchday permits. Parking is not permitted in Watford General Hospital.
Watford town centre has several car parks, the easiest of which for access to Vicarage Road is Church Car Park on the inside of the ring-road, opposite the turn-off into Vicarage Road. All town centre car parks are within a ten minute walk of Vicarage Road. Other possibilities are Watford Grammar School for Girls and Cassiobury Park Avenue, Laurence Haines School (further down Vicarage Road past the hospital), and Fishers Industrial Estate off Wiggenhall Road.
Tickets for the game at Vicarage Road on Saturday March 17th are priced at £26 for adults, £26 adult disabled and carer, £15 for Senior Citizen, Student and Young Adult 16-19, £10 for U16's. Tickets go offsale at CCFC later today.
You can pay on the gate.
THE LAST TIME
This will be the 80th meeting between the two sides. Coventry City have won 29 and drawn 14. They have scored 111 goals compared to Watford's 130 goals.
On August 14th 2010, City drew 2-2 at Vicarage Road. Will Buckley fired Watford ahead in first half stoppage time and John Eustace added a second in the 58th minute but City hit back with a goal from David Bell in the 87th minute and an 89th minute Lukas Jutkiewicz penalty.
The teams that day were:
City: I.Turner (Quirke 17), Keogh, B.Turner, Cameron, Cranie, Bell, Carsley, Doyle, McSheffrey (Gunnarsson 62), Eastwood (Platt 62), Jutkiewicz SNU Clingan, McPake, Baker, Wood
Watford Loach, Hodson, Taylor, Mariappa, Doyley, Cowie, Eustace, McGinn, Buckley (Mutch 75), Graham, Sordell (Deeney 75) SNU Jenkins, Bryan, Bennett, Henderson.
City's last win at Vicarage Road was on Tuesday September 29th and saw a 3-2 victory. City's record victory at Vicarage Road is a 4-1 win in 1959. Their record loss at Watford came two years later and saw a 7-1 defeat.
Details of matches between Watford and Coventry City can be found by clicking on http://www.coventrycity-mad.co.uk/footydb/loadhed.asp
The referee currently appointed to take charge of Coventry City's next game, the trip to Watford is Colin Webster from Tyne & Wear.
Mr Webster is married with two children and has interests in property development and learning to fly. He is a Chartered Surveyor who took up refereeing in the North East in 1988. He was promoted to the Referees' List in 2000 and He was in charge of the League One Play-Off Final which saw Millwall beat Swindon 1-0.
So far this season, he has thirty matches and shown seventy yellow cards and six red.
The last time he was in charge of a Coventry game, it was the FA Cup 3rd defeat to Southampton in January and this season, he has also been in charge of the draw at Doncaster Rovers back in October.
Previous City matches are the 0-0 draw when Sheffield United visited The Ricoh in January 2011, the 1-0 defeat at West Brom back in March 2010, the 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in October 2009, the 2-0 home win over Norwich in August 2008, the 5-1 win at Colchester in April 2008, the 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield United in December 2007, the 3-0 defeat at Leicester in February 2007, the 3-1 defeat at Leeds in December 2005, the 2-1 defeat at Sheffield United in August 2005, the 1-0 home win over Watford in December 2004 and the 1-0 home win over West Ham in August 2004.
His assistants will be Oleksandr Sally from Middlesex and Ashley Slaughter from Sussex. The fourth official will be Ryan T. Atkin from London.