Welwyn Garden City ‘extremely sad, disappointed and angry’ after Watford cancel pre-season friendly

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Watford will play Sampdoria in a friendly at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon


Watford cancel friendly against Welwyn Garden City after failing to field a squad as non-League suffer ‘huge loss in revenue’ and are left ‘extremely sad’ and ‘disappointed’

  • Watford were due to travel to Welwyn Garden City for a game on Saturday night 
  • But the Hornets cancelled the friendly just one day before it was to be played 
  • Welywn Garden City were told Watford couldn’t field a side for the fixture
  • Watford are due to play Sampdoria on Saturday in their final pre-season friendly 

Tom Farmery For Mailonline

Welwyn Garden City have been left ‘extremely sad, disappointed and angry’ after Watford cancelled Saturday’s friendly a day before it was due to be played.

The Southern League Division One East side were told by Watford on Friday afternoon that the club couldn’t commit to the fixture at Herns Way because of a lack of players available.

Javi Gracia’s Hornets host Sampdoria at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon in their final pre-season friendly a week before they kick-off their Premier League campaign at home to Brighton.

Watford will play Sampdoria in a friendly at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon

Watford will play Sampdoria in a friendly at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon

But a reserve team had been planned to play Welywn before Watford cancelled.

Welwyn say they have been left out of pocket having planned for the fixture since May.

In a statement, the club said: ‘We are extremely sad, disappointed and angry that Watford FC have concluded themselves in such a poor manner and with such naivety as to what this means for Welwyn Garden City (WGC FC).

‘Whilst this game was confirmed in May 2018, we were first advised by Watford FC at 9.30pm on Thursday 2nd August that there may be a problem, but they would advise and let us know. 

Javi Gracia was expected to send a reserve team to play Welwyn Garden City on Saturday

Javi Gracia was expected to send a reserve team to play Welwyn Garden City on Saturday

Javi Gracia was expected to send a reserve team to play Welwyn Garden City on Saturday

‘They have only now let us know at 2pm on Friday 3rd August that they can now not field any sort of side to participate in the friendly.’

Welywn add that they have made a loss after paying for ‘food, drink, programmes and marketing’ added to the ‘obvious loss of what would have been takings on the gate, bar and food hut through not having a fixture’.

Sportsmail has contacted Watford but at the time of publication had received no response. 

FULL STATEMENT FROM WELWYN GARDEN CITY  

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