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Elton John tells Watford players to show “more f****** passion” in epic gig speech

Elton John tells Watford players to show “more f****** passion” in what played out to be an epic gig speech on Sunday evening.

The impassioned singer urged Hornets fans to get behind new head coach Rob Edwards before going in on the players following the dismal Premier League relegation season.

Elton, a former chairman of the club, did what he does best, playing out a two-and-a-half hour set of many of his greatest hits on the opening night of his Farewell Yellow Brick Tour shows at the stadium.

The emotional 75 year old, who also unveiled the club’s new third kit, spoke movingly about what the club means to him, talking about how proud he is of the development of the stadium and his respect and admiration for the fans, particularly after the 2021/22 season, which was one of their worst in the ground’s history.

Sir Elton said: “I first came to Vicarage Road when I was six years old in 1953 and it was a pitiful sight. And when I became chairman it was still a pitiful sight, but now we have a beautiful stadium and I’m so proud in what I see. I can’t believe it. It’s like a dream come true, and we’ve come so far.

“Yes, we had a horrendous year last year, but we’ve got to put that behind us. We’ve got to back the new coach, we’ve got to back the team and they’ve got to play with a lot more f***ing passion than they did last year.

“You have no idea how much this club is embedded in my soul. I love this club so much, it’s part of my life. It’s been a huge part of my life, not just coming here as a child and then getting involved in the club itself, but I loved the people within the club that I had when I became chairman, the board, all the supporters, I loved every single moment. It saved my life, this club.

“I can’t wait to finish the tour next year so that I can spend more time here with you and watch the games. But you’ve been brilliant supporters. You’ve stayed there through thick and thin – and, god, it was thin last year. But we will improve, we will get there and we have to believe.

“I love you Watford Football Club. I love you so, so much.

“I wish you love, happiness and health. Be kind to each other and I’ll see you when I can.”


John became the chairman and director of Watford in 1976, after supporting the team since his youth.

John appointed Graham Taylor as manager and invested large sums of money as the club rose three divisions into the English First Division.

At their height, the club finished runners up in the First Division to Liverpool in 1983 and reached the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in 1984.

John sold the club to Jack Petchey in 1987, but remained president.

Ten years later, John repurchased the club from Petchey and once again became chairman.

He stepped down in 2002 when the club needed a full-time chairman, but continued as president.

Although no longer the majority shareholder, John still holds a significant financial interest.

In 2005 and 2010, John held a concert at Watford’s home stadium, Vicarage Road, and donated proceeds to the club.

He has remained friends with a number of high-profile players in football, including Pelé and David Beckham.

From late 1975 to 1976, John was a part-owner of the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League.

On the 13th of December 2014, he appeared at Watford’s Vicarage Road with his husband and sons for the opening of the “Sir Elton John stand”.

He called the occasion “one of the greatest days of my life”.

Fans reacted as Elton John tells Watford players to show “more f****** passion” in his epic gig speech…

@AndrewCarberry: What a speech! What a man!

@Charliegray420: what a guy man. my chairman <3

@Richwfc2: Robs first home game team talk done for him @WatfordFC just play the dressing room this video

@watfordjustin74: Absolutely. Glad to see he was as pissed off with them as the rest of us last season too..!

@markwilliams168: I really hope that the players manager and board understand how much Watford FC means too people and pull their socks up and play with as much passion and pride as Elton shows for this club. Elton John’s having a party bring your vodka and your Charlie. COYHs 🐝🐝🐝🐝

@madcjones: Love you too Elton 😘

@dwalshey: Give it to Elton ‘til the end of the season

@LauraGoodes: What a contrast to politicians and celebrities who pretend to follow a team when it suits them. So much of the good about #WatfordFC was instigated by @eltonofficial and we absolutely bloody love him. 💛

@GuyWelb: Quote of the season, hope Pozzo takes it in, it’s something he should have been saying

@UncleRonSr: He’s right and that’s why those bastards should have been booed off the pitch after all those wretched home defeats not clapped off

@Wadfordman: Difficult to describe last night’s @eltonofficial gig. It wasn’t really about an amazing performer still at his peak after 50 years. It was about the Grandfather of our club coming home and sharing his love for all of us. Very emotional evening. 💛 #watfordfc

@BrendaKovacevi1: So much passion. I can’t love him enough😍

@KeithBennett58: So special having a concert by the man that made the club what it is today.

@scottbalaam: Incredible from @eltonofficial… what a man! Has done so much for #Watfordfc. What a legend!

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