Watford BID Businesses getting behind Watford FC

On Saturday 18th May, Watford Football Club played their first FA Cup Final since 1984, and our town centre became a sea of yellow, black & red in support of the Hornets. The buzz in Watford town centre was palpable, as crowds packed into our bars & restaurants to cheer on the Golden Boys. Ultimately a formidable Manchester City team were too good for Watford and ran out as comfortable 6-0 winners, but fans from Wembley to Watford were still flying their flags and proudly supporting the team.

At Watford BID, we thought it would be fitting to run a competition and reward our favourite decorated business with champagne and £100 in Cote Brasserie vouchers for their staff to celebrate. Many of our town centre businesses celebrated the occasion by decorating their shopfront with Watford FC flags, balloons, merchandise, and banners to emulate the fantastic noise & colour being displayed just 10 miles away at Wembley Stadium on Cup Final day.

Our chosen winner, Warren Anthony, covered their shopfront with a fantastic array of Watford FC’s famous yellow jerseys worn throughout the years. Tony King, co-founder at Warren Anthony, was delighted to receive the prize and pose for a photo with his team, saying “It was a shame about the result, but great to see so many people in the town centre creating an atmosphere.”

We also selected two runners-up deserving of recognition for their support of Watford FC, including Walkabout Watford which became a sea of yellow as they welcomed huge numbers to their sports bar throughout the Saturday. Walkabout’s Bar Manager, Phil, received a bottle of champagne from the BID, and stated that “It was incredibly busy, we’re talking comparable to England playing in the World Cup Finals.”

Just down the road, Watford Peace Hospice had proudly displayed a bright & powerful banner outside in support of the Hornets, and despite the result were in good spirits, especially as they accepted their bottle of champagne from the BID! “The town centre was absolutely buzzing, we did so well to even get there and it was worth celebrating just for that.”

From everyone at Watford BID we’d like to thank all businesses and visitors for creating a special atmosphere on a unique day for the town centre. Let’s hope that Watford FC can go one better next season, and we can get even more businesses involved in making the town yellow, black, and red!