Lloyd Doyley, Troy Deeney, Almen Abdi, Nathaniel Chalobah,Joel Ekstrand, Matej Vydra. Watford
Watford v Crystal Palace Championship Play Off Final
Watford's Troy Deeney's personal allocation of 96 tickets includes a pair for prison warders who locked him up last summer. His fans, friends, and family all requested free tickets and the Hornets’ 20-goal striker was happy to oblige – including two of the guards who locked down the prison wing where Deeney served four months.
Deeney served four months of a 10-month prison sentence in the new wing in Winson Green.
“Just to let you know, they all know who you are,” the guards told him.
Later he was transferred to Thorn Cross open prison in Cheshire.
Eight months later, Deeney is back on the pitch.
“Originally I asked for 87 tickets to cover my family and friends but it’s gone up to 96 now. I’ve had a few phone calls from people I’d missed out, so I had to fill out a new form to include them.
“The lads have been ribbing me, saying, ‘you can’t know all of them’, but they include people who were around before I was a footballer, when I was a builder and a skinny lad with a big head.
“None of the lads who did time with me in prison have asked for a ticket but a couple of the warders from Thorn Cross are coming down.
“I’d never met them until I was inside, but we used to strike up football conversation – most of the guards up there supported Manchester United, Manchester City or Liverpool – and most of the talk was about the Premier League.
Deeney scored a stunning late winner in the play-off semi-final against Leicester sending Watford to Wembley.
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