UK time is: 00:17:24
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Watford tried to sign Beckham - Aidy

Former Watford gaffer Aidy Boothroyd has sensationally revealed that the Hornets tried to sign 25m David Beckham on loan from Real Madrid to "help" their ill-fated 2006-2007 season in the Premier League...

...but eventually had to make do with the talents of er, Steve Kabba and Moses Ashikodi.

In a frank and revealing interview with the smashing lads at www.watfordlegends.com, Boothroyd admitted that he wanted to bring the world`s most famous footballer kicking and screaming from the Galactico at the Bernabeu for a spell at the delights Vicarage Road.

The Hornets even made waves to use the club`s most famous fan - Sir Elton John - to persuade celebrity chum Beckham to ditch the Real Madrid wilderness, under England coach Fabio Capello, to be Watford`s "big name signing".

Boothroyd stated "I [also] tried to sign David Beckham. He was having a bad time at Real Madrid at the time so I got Elton to give him a call".

The former Hornets gaffer insisted that the Hornets moved for Beckham AFTER "12 or 13 players had turned us down"... talk about aiming high!!!

And Aidy , who is now manager at Colchester United, added "I felt we needed a big name signing to try and help us attract others to sign - People were slightly reluctant to join us and I felt it would help".

Sadly it was a case of 'tempting by NO` for the former Manchester United and AC Milan man.

Clearly the attractions of the Harlequin Centre shopping, the town`s infamous indoor market or a night out at 'Destiny` celebrity hang out wasn`t er, POSH enough for the Beckhams.

And, with his tongue firmly in cheeky, Boothroyd added "I can`t believe he turned it down!".

The interview in full, where Aidy also reveals that he "got rid of Springy too early", that Marlon King "is a very good person" and that "King`s replacement hasn`t done the business, can be found WATFORD LEGENDS here.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Dr Watford Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 20 2009

Time: 10:30AM

Your Comments

Most surprising part of that interview was Aidy claiming we'd have finished much higher than 13th under him last season! Egotistic or what!?
wfc123
He's probably right...
watford1881
I always liked him and whats wrong in having self belief, i wish him well. Ashton is the man i'd like to get my hands on and, well it would not be nice
ANDY710
I always liked him too, but we were doing very poorly under him when he left.
wfc123
Enjoyed the interview, some of which was probably tongue-in-cheek. Aidy worked miracles to get us promoted in first year, didn't have much luck with limited resources in the Prem, then made some serious mistakes thereafter. However, I blame the board for allowing him to spend money we hadn't got which got us in the recent mess and wish him well in the future.
RFB-gloryhornetboys
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Opposing View: Ipswich Town (Friday April 18 2014)

Earlybird Season Ticket Sales (Friday April 18 2014)

Stats: Millwall v Watford (Saturday April 12 2014)

Millwall v Watford starting XIs (Saturday April 12 2014)

Preview: Millwall v Watford (Saturday April 12 2014)

Stats: Watford v Leeds Utd (Tuesday April 8 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Watford Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. KDCallanan 6
2. ANDY710 4

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Millwall 2 - 2 Watford
Watford 3 - 0 Leeds Utd
Watford 1 - 1 Burnley
Sheff Wed 1 - 4 Watford
Watford 3 - 3 Blackburn
Wigan 2 - 1 Watford

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Blackburn 43 15 16 12 3 61
11. Forest 42 14 17 11 4 59
12. Middlesbrough 42 14 16 12 10 58
13. Watford 41 14 15 12 16 57
14. Bolton 43 13 16 14 -2 55
15. Sheff Wed 43 13 14 16 2 53
16. Leeds Utd 42 14 8 20 -9 50

Breaking League News

Blackburn 0 Glovers 0
Yeovil : 18/04/2014 23:38:00
Opposing View: Ipswich Town
Watford : 18/04/2014 23:37:00
Top Display From The Latics - More To Follow
Wigan : 18/04/2014 23:23:00
Wigan : 18/04/2014 22:39:00
Boro chase more success
Middlesbrough : 18/04/2014 22:23:00
Rovers remain in relegation dogfight
Doncaster : 18/04/2014 21:36:00
Ten Owls wide awake as Cherries dream falters
Bournemouth : 18/04/2014 21:33:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Should Stuart Attwell have refereed the Burnley game?
Suggested By:  Editor
Yes 32%
No 68%