Deeney reveals his dad was a Leeds fan as Watford confirm FA Cup tie

Troy Deeney now can ink in what is bound to be poignant FA Cup fifth-round tie against Leeds United at Vicarage Road later this month.

The Hornets have this afternoon confirmed that the match against Leeds, as expected, has not been selected for live TV coverage and will take place on Saturday, February 20, 3pm KO.

The man Deeney refers to as his father, Paul Anthony Burke, died of cancer of the throat in 2012.

Picture by Franziska Empl
Picture by Franziska Empl

“My dad, who’s passed away now, was a big Leeds fan,” Deeney wrote in his programme notes on Wednesday. “So I felt it was a great draw, from a personal point of view. I know [Leeds manager] Steve Evans as well so it should be a cracking tie. He sent me a text already saying they’re looking forward to it. We’ll be up for it no bother – when the time is right to focus on that.”

The match will also have significance for sporting director Luke Dowling and sporting consultant Nicola Salerno, who both worked at Elland Road. And, of course, Harry Kewell spent eight years at Leeds, although things went sour for him with the fans when he joined Galatasary.

“We are happy to play again in front of our fans,” said Sanchez Flores in action to the draw. “It’s very nice. We are ready to play in every single stadium but I am happy every time we play at Vicarage Road because it’s like a little party for us. I hope we have the possibility to go through to the next round. It’s like a dream because we are very good in the league and really good in the FA Cup. It’s a very amazing season and we have to enjoy this experience.”