Watford FC and COPA have established a longstanding collaborative relationship that celebrates the rich history and iconic moments of the club. Through their partnership, COPA has produced a range of retro items and special projects that pay homage to Watford FC's heritage.

Notable collaborations between Watford FC and COPA are the Elton John x Watford FC x COPA collection. This unique collaboration combines the passion for football and music, showcasing the shared love between Watford FC and their famous supporter, Elton John. Another remarkable project is "That Deeney Goal," a special edition collection by COPA in honor of Troy Deeney's memorable goal that secured a ticket to the play-off finals.

That Deeney Goal

After good performances over the 2012-13 Championship season, Watford and Leicester City reached the play-offs and faced off in pursuit of a place in the Final at Wembley against Crystal Palace.  No Watford fan could have guessed how dramatic this tie's climax would be.

As the game drifted into injury-time in the second leg, the aggregate was all-square at 2-2 - Watford leading 2-1 on the day after Leicester had won the first leg. Leicester were then awarded a contentious penalty which would have won them the game had Antony Knockaert scored. Instead Watford keeper Manuel Almunia made a brilliant double save to deny him.

In the confusion that followed, Watford broke immediately up the field and with Leicester struggling to get men back, Jonathan Hogg's knock-down was finished by Troy Deeney to instead give Watford the 3-2 aggregate victory and passage to the final.

Elton john x watford fc x Copa

Global music megastar Sir Elton John, a diehard Watford FC fan born in neighbouring Pinner, lived a childhood dream when he became Chairman of the club in 1976. 

Sir Elton, alongside manager Graham Taylor, transformed Watford into ´The Original Family Club´ and oversaw the team´s rise to the upper echelons of English football. A second-place finish in the First Division, an inaugural European campaign and a first-ever FA Cup final were just some of the highlights from a truly golden era, and more was to follow in the late-nineties with a return to the club and a heroic charge to the Premiership.

As well as regularly attending matches at Vicarage Road, Sir Elton has played three concerts at the stadium over the years and will return home in July 2022 for two very special farewell concerts on his final world tour.

The EJ x Watford x COPA Collection celebrates this truly unique relationship between Sir Elton John and Watford FC. The complete collection can be found via the club's fanshop and at the concerts.