Last spring, Elton told Watford FC he ''couldn't be more proud'' of the club for turning its stadium into a sanctuary for NHS staff at Watford General Hospital. Besides setting aside space for training, counselling, and resting, they did laundry for hospital staff.
Hornets chairman Scott Duxbury said the singer was moved by their efforts during the COVID-19 crisis--and that former chairman Graham Taylor, who died in 2017, would be proud. Scott has said previously of Elton that he has ''an encyclopedic knowledge of the lower-division players'' and ''recommends players I have not heard of. He watches everything and has a real knowledge of players and an absolute passion for the football club.''
Now the team has been nominated in the Lockdown Heroes category of the upcoming Football Supporters' Association Awards, in recognition of the support provided to neighbours at the hospital and the Hornets at Home scheme. The ''at home'' initiative has utilised volunteers from both inside and outside the club, providing assistance to supporters and the wider community. That has involved delivering groceries, collecting prescriptions, mowing the lawn, and assembling furniture during the pandemic.
To honour those who have gone the extra mile, the FSA created the classification to recognise the fans, players and clubs who have made a difference during a stressful year.
''It's great to receive this nomination, which reflects well on the club staff and volunteers who helped us deliver these services to our local community and supporters,'' remarked Dave Messenger, the club's Supporter Liaison & Disability Access Officer. ''We are proud of our family club heritage and remain committed to living up to the standard set by Graham Taylor and Sir Elton John, both now and in the future.''
The winners in the Lockdown Heroes category will be decided by an FSA panel and announced on the fifth of March via Twitter and Instagram.