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MiB Watford Correspondent/Rock Star Ian Perkins Reporting…

This article originally appeared in the September 14 issue of our newsletter, The Raven. Subscribe HERE

You know him as a guitarist for The Gaslight Anthem, a band just behind HAO on our list of our favorite things from New Jersey. While the band is as Jersey as Pork Roll/Taylor Ham (don’t @ us), this gent hails from Hertfordshire, England and is PROPER Watford. With the ‘Orns perfect through four games, we wanted to get Ian Perkins’ take on Watford’s high flying start and ask how this week’s SHOCK NEWS could impact it.

Ian Writes: When I got the call asking to write something about Watford’s start to the season I had a few options: I could’ve easily talked about the maximum points gained from the first four games. Or how we beat Spurs and Crystal Palace, who always seem to have our number. Or how we paid £10 million for Richarlison and sold him for £35-£50 million (depending who you ask). Or maybe how Everton came after Silva and everyone said he was irreplaceable and Watford replaced him with Javi Gracia who just won manager of the month. I could’ve said how the morale around the team seems better than ever and that players who some fans thought were done at Watford are currently among the best in the league (Deeney, Holebas). Also how shrewd the close season transfer dealings were, notably Ben Foster and Ken Sema. I would’ve written all that but just now I found out that Gareth Evans has stepped down from his match day persona as Harry the Hornet, probably the best mascot in any sport. He’s had some high profile moments that I’m sure any football fan is aware of and hopefully these have nothing to do with his exit. Any Watford supporter will know him for helping build an atmosphere at the stadium at a time when that was lacking or entertaining fans of all ages whilst having a great talent for winding up the away end. I’d just love to thank Gareth for the hours and hours of laughs he’s given my family and wish him luck for the future.

In addition to being a rock star, Ian is co-chairman of Asbury Park Football Club.