Troy Deeney: A Cult Hero

Troy Deeney: A Cult Hero
Feb 23, 2016



Troy Deeney was born in Birmingham and grew up there. He grew up a Birmingham City fan and he still is, however his dad was a Leeds fan. He was expelled from his school at the age of 14 and after finding another school to go to at the age of 15, Troy left school when he was 16 with no GCSE’s and became a bricklayer on 120 pounds a week.


Troy Deeney got his first opportunity of being a professional footballer when he got a four day trial with Aston Villa. His local side Chelmsley town signed him and he played for them for two years, 2004-2006. It went well and Troy got noticed by another club in Birmingham, Walsall F.C. This was just the start of something special…


He signed for The Saddlers in 2006 and he made 123 appearances and scored twenty seven goals. He handed in a transfer request and was allowed to leave after interest from championship clubs, one being Watford. Watford noticed him and bought him for 500,000 pounds. He made his debut in an away 3-2 win over Norwich after he was subbed on for Sordell. He scored his first goal for the Hornets in a home loss against Notts County in the then Carling Cup.

Troy Deeney was crowded out in his first year as Marvin Sordell and Danny Graham stole the show for goals, he often played on the wing. With Danny Graham moving to Swansea, Watford gave Troy Deeney a chance to prove something and he took his opportunity with two hands, or feet should I say. Maybe he got a bit lucky with the Joe Garner signing not working out, for a reason I still don’t know.

The former Hornet, Joe Garner, has managed to net 47 goals for Preston North End. Another summer transfer that year which failed to turn out well was veteran Chris Iwelumo. Troy Deeney finished as Watford’s top goalscorer as he scored eleven goals in 40 appearances under Sean Dyche. He also picked up goal of the year for his goal vs Ipswich Town at Vicarage Road. After that season he came out with the quote, “I’m convinced they’re (Watford) going to realise I’m cr*p at football pretty soon”. This quote shows you that he isn’t technically gifted, however he is a leader, a captain and a finisher. All fans want at the end of the day is goals, doesn’t matter how you get them is how the saying goes. But Troy had lost respect with the Watford fans after what I like to say ‘that incident’.

Deeney got caught in a bad situation in a night out in Birmingham, he ended up kicking a student in the head. He later got ten months in jail, where he served less than three as he did everything to get out of prison early. Mainly good behaviour. He hates to talk about it, and you can see why. Watford fans didn’t overreact however, they gave him a chance to prove himself and what a time for Deeney to do it.

It was the exciting time of the Pozzo family taking over, however with strikers like Geijo, Vydra and Forestieri I’m not sure how excited Deeney was with him being in prison at the time of the takeover. None the less, when he left he was welcomed back with open arms and it was up to him to make amends and that’s exactly what he did. Troy later came out to say this about the Pozzo Family, “Everything that was good with Watford they’ve kept, and everything else they’ve made better”. He linked up well with Vydra, Forestieri and Abdi throughout the season bagging 20 goals. Three of which came at a triumphant win vs Bournemouth where he became the first Hornets player to score a hat-trick in a match since Michael Chopra in 2003.



The season after was a season of disappointing one for Watford as they came 13th with only 60 points. Troy Deeney however didn’t have a bad season himself as he scored 24 goals in 44 games. Troy Deeney became the first Watford player to score 20 league goals in consecutive seasons since Cliff Holton in 1961. The striker won both the Watford Player of the Season award for 2013–14 and also won the Players’ Player of the Year at the end of season awards.



Troy Deeney was made captain for the 2014-2015 season following the release of Almunia after he was forced to retire due to heart problems. Deeney was given the opportunity to show his leadership skills and lead from the front. Watford fans saw another side of the Birmingham born hornet that year and we are all getting to see it this year in greater detail. Troy was an integral part of Watford’s promotion campaign leading the team to their first promotion since 2006 and in the process he became the first player in Watford history to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons. Watford gained an automatic spot and got 89 points. Troy loves the club with all his heart and he said ‘First time I’ve cried since my Dad passed away’ after Watford secured promotion at Brighton.

Pic by Arfa Troy Deeney SKYBET Player of the Month 09-04-2015



Troy Deeney is still now the captain and his partnership with Ighalo has proven to be immense with them being the second best partnership in the Premier League for goals. Truth be told Odion Ighalo has had a better year for goals, he’s scored 14 goals and with Deeney scoring 8 goals. However Troy has 6 assists, double what Ighalo has. From being the team’s focal point and battering ram to playing just behind Odion Ighalo, Troy Deeney has had a new job this season but it’s working well. Examples of this system working was vs Liverpool where Deeney didn’t even have to look up and he was aware that Ighalo had made the run and from Troy’s pass the Nigerian international scored. Also vs Newcastle where Troy Deeney set up Ighalo for both of Watford’s goals.

Quique Sanchez Flores has opened up the defence a little more now that Watford look like they have stayed up already and has moved Ighalo and Deeney upfront together. I will not comment on it as he introduced the system vs Tottenham on the 6th of February. However I think having Jurado, Abdi and Amrabat behind the striker works well. Troy has kept his feet on the ground and has stayed humble and that has been the key this season for Watford. Only time will tell if Troy does get an England call up after rejecting to play for Jamaica previously in his career…


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