21. Tom Beck

Position – Goalkeeper
DOB – 5/9/1984
Apps – 22
Goals – 0
Worldnets – 0
Debut v Brentford Hey Jude – Nov 2011
Nicknames – None as yet

Having struggled to fill the goalkeepers berth for years, Tom helped bring the total in the squad to four when he joined the WIFC goalkeeper union in 2011. After a debut at Brentford, Tom went on to show improvements over the course of his first season, culminating in a man of the match display in a win against Ipswich. Tom has shown a fabulous attitude to sharing goalkeeping duties with the rest of the union, and continued his steady progress during 2012/13, when he added another MOM award and played a part in the victorious IFA London Cup squad.

Tom’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
A work in progress.

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
vs. Forest in ’94. Watford got beat 2-1 and Colin Cooper scored an own goal. I went with a former Watford keeper, who is an old family friend, and we parked down by the old printers on Whippendell Road. I remember queuing up for the Vicarage Road end in the cold and listening to all the football chat. I’ve seen us lose to many average teams at home since.

Finest ever WFC memory:
Has to be Wembley in 1999. Everything about it was perfect. Great goals at key moments and almost 40,000 Watford fans there. Favourite game, favourite goal and arguably my favourite Watford shirt too.

Worst away trip and why
Wimbledon away in the Premier League. Freezing cold, supporters coach took ages and Watford got smashed 5-0 with Hartson scoring and celebrating in front of us. A visit to Selhurst Park has never been that pleasant.

WIFC playing highlight
Beating Ipswich at home in 2012, easily my best game in a WIFC shirt and I made a clutch save just before half time to take us in 1-0 up. Disappointed to lose a clean sheet with only minutes to go.

Favourite WIFC moment
Playing at Vicarage Road is always pretty special.

All-time favourite Watford player
Heidar Helguson

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
Ben Foster, Aidy Mariappa, Jay DeMerit, Robert Page, Paul Robinson, Tommy Smith, Allan Nielsen, John Eustace, Ashley Young, Heidar Helguson, Tommy Mooney

Red shorts or black?
Black. The red shorts make us look like a McDonald’s clown.

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie’
Zach Gilford. Played Matt Saracen in Friday Night Lights.

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