Welcome back to ‘Matchday DJ Of The Week’, where each week we interview a matchday DJ, asking them 10 serious and not so serious questions. This week we sat down and had a chat with Watford FC DJ, Tim Coombs!
- Name: Tim Coombs
- Occupation: Matchday DJ @ Watford FC
- Club Website: Watford FC
- Stadium: Vicarage Road
- Capacity: 21,577
- Nickname: The Hornets
- Twitter(s): Watford FC & Tim Coombs
SM: When did you take over as Matchday DJ for Watford FC?
TC: I took over back in 1996.
SM: How did you initially get into the role of Matchday DJ?
TC: At the time I was volunteering at the Hospital Radio station right next door to Vicarage Road Stadium. I was asked to cover for a couple of games but ended up staying a lot longer!
SM: Can you remember your first football match/stadium experience?
TC: One of my earliest memories is being at a Watford home game with my Dad when I was 7 years old and winning a half-time Panini stickers competition. The prize was to be the team’s mascot at a future home game, which ended up being against Queens Park Rangers in April 1987…sadly we lost 0-3 on a mud bath of a pitch!
SM: Would you say your first experience of live football and the memories of that day were motivation for taking on the role of stadium DJ?
TC: Absolutely – the atmosphere on a match day definitely contributed to it being my dream job. The late, great Graham Taylor was still in his first spell as manager when I was the mascot and he gave up a lot of his time before the game to introduce himself and make sure the mascots were having a good time. When I then started working for the club as stadium DJ, GT was back in charge for his second spell and it’s been a privilege ever since to have one of the best seats in the house to witness some of the greatest games and moments in Watford’s history.
SM: In all your time at Vicarage Road, who’s the best player you’ve seen wear the famous yellow and black strip?
TC: In the time I’ve been supporting the club, it has to be John Barnes (although sadly I didn’t get to seem him live too many times before he joined Liverpool). In the time I’ve been working as stadium DJ / announcer, for being at the centre of pretty much every big moment in the past 10 years it’s difficult to look past Troy Deeney.
SM: Who is your favourite artist/band of all time?
TC: Obviously I’m contractually obliged to say Sir Elton John! He’s going to be playing two shows at Vicarage Road next summer which will be truly incredible. You often hear about celebrity fans, but Sir Elton is a genuine football nut and knows everything there is to know about the club and players past and present. I’d want him on my quiz team!
SM: Which piece of music do you think is the ultimate track for motivating a football side?
TC: I’m a big fan of ‘Go‘ by the Chemical Brothers.
SM: Do you have an all-time favourite track that you play for The Hornets’ matches?
TC: A special mix of ‘It’s Gonna be Alright’ by Technocat and ‘Give It Up‘ by The Goodmen. We play it when there’s 5 minutes until the teams walk out for kick off and it noticeably builds the atmosphere in the ground with our own fans.
SM: What are the main songs you use week in, week out at the ground?
TC: Z Cars for the team walk, ‘Sandstorm‘ by Darude for the second half walk and ‘Just Can’t Get Enough‘ by Depeche Mode at full time when we win. It sounded great the other week for the 4-1 win against Man Utd!
SM: On a final note, are there any funny mishaps/cock-ups that have taken place that come to mind when you think about your career so far?
TC: Too many to mention! I once lost track of the score in a half time kids penalty shoot out (those things always makes me anxious!) and had to ask Graham Taylor, who was there to help give out the prizes, to help fill in the gaps for me!
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Tim for taking the time to talk to us. We wish him and all of The Hornets’ players, staff and supporters the very best for the rest of the 2021/22 season!