Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

The Vital Interview: Tommie Hoban

The Vital Interview: Tommie Hoban
PERHAPS THE biggest compliment that you can pay Tommie Hoban right now is that he has never looked out of place in a Watford shirt during any of his nine first-team starts this term.

The Walthamstow-born defender has settled in life as a first-team squad member at Vicarage Road with apparent ease and there is we are yet to witness the rite of passage of a young player that is the dip in form.

Hoban looks every inch the Watford player, but he`s under no illusions despite having the security of a five-year contract behind him, a sense of humility he`s carried since his days as a scholar in fact.

"Once you enter the training ground you see there`s still a long, long way to go. They gave us a statistic - out of the 10 boys that get their scholarship at 16, only one of those boys is still playing football at 21."

Despite making his first league start this season under Gianfranco Zola, it was actually Malky Mackay who gave a 17 year-old Hoban his full league debut at Preston North End in 2011, an occasion which was exciting and nerve-wracking in equal measure.

"[Martin] Taylor goes down and I`m thinking 'this is it`. I`m warming up and Malky shouts to me and tells me to come back and from that moment I thought I was going to have an asthma attack. Literally going on the pitch I couldn`t even breathe! It was crazy. The physio was treating Martin Taylor but he had my asthma pump so I had to get someone to run over to him and throw me my asthma pump."

Not that asthma is a big concern for the Republic of Ireland U19 captain:

"It did affect me a bit more when I was younger. I still take my pump in the morning, I`ve got a different pump I take before training and matches. If I wasn`t to take it would make it a lot harder for me. I`d get through the half but it would be a lot harder than it had to be. It`s one of those annoying things. There are loads of players who have asthma - Beckham`s got asthma!"

If Hoban can go on to achieve even a tenth of what the LA Galaxy man has achieved, it`s safe to say that Watford will have produced yet another gem...

REMEMBER!This is just an extract. Make sure to pick up Saturday`s Official Matchday Programme to read the full, feature-length Vital Interview with Tommie in which he discusses a whole lot more including Arsenal, Ireland and going up against Darius Henderson.

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Saturday November 17 2012
Time: 12:09AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Khan to Fight in the UK

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

2016/17 Summer Transfer Deadline Tomorrow

The 2016/17 summer transfer window closes tomorrow - Wednesday August 31.

Deal Agreed For Anderlecht Striker Okaka?

Okaka, who has previously played in England during a loan spell with Fulham, will be joining Watford with it said a deal has been agreed for Anderlecht's former Roma striker.

Vydra To Derby Confirmed

Vydra, who had been linked with Birmingham recently, has returned to the Championship after his loan with Reading last season. He's left Watford permanently for Derby.

The Hornet - Arsenal 27-08-16

That first win under Walter Mazzarri is still awaited after a first half that gave Watford too much to do in a three-one defeat against Arsenal at Vicarage Road.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Harry Welch
Editor email
Profile
KDCallanan
no email
Profile
chrisgwfc
no email
Profile
Colin Cowan
no email
Profile
Alex Moore
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Arsenal MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Gomes0%
Kaboul20%
Prodl0%
Kabasele0%
Amrabat0%
Guedioura0%
Behrami0%
Capoue0%
Holebas0%
Ighalo0%
Deeney20%
Sub - Pereyra60%
Sub - Janmaat0%
Sub - Success0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 3 3 0 0 9 6
2 Chelsea 3 3 0 0 9 5
3 Man Utd 3 3 0 0 9 5
4 Everton 3 2 1 0 7 2
5 Hull City 3 2 0 1 6 2
6 Middlesbrough 3 1 2 0 5 1
7 Spurs 3 1 2 0 5 1
8 Arsenal 3 1 1 1 4 1
9 Leicester City 3 1 1 1 4 0
10 WBA 3 1 1 1 4 0
11 Liverpool 3 1 1 1 4 -1
12 West Ham 3 1 0 2 3 -2
13 Burnley 3 1 0 2 3 -2
14 Swansea 3 1 0 2 3 -2
15 Southampton 3 0 2 1 2 -2
16 Sunderland 3 0 1 2 1 -2
17 Crystal Palace 3 0 1 2 1 -2
18 Watford 3 0 1 2 1 -3
19 AFC Bournemouth 3 0 1 2 1 -3
20 Stoke 3 0 1 2 1 -4
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Jack Hall1
2.Daniel Smith11