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Discussion in 'Watford' started by oldfrenchhorn, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. superhorns

    superhorns Well-Known Member

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    Those who ran the 'turnip' campaign at the Sun should be ashamed of themselves, despite the unfair criticism it never made him bitter at all.
     
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    They'll be on it without doubt with as good a tribute as they can muster given the obvious time constraint.
     
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  3. bragantino

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    This is the worst news.
     
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    The best ever Watford manager, doubt heĀ“ll ever be surpassed in that respect.

    However, we all have to go, one positive is that at least he got to see his name on a stand at the club before his death.

    R.I.P.
     
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  5. LIBERTARIAN

    LIBERTARIAN Well-Known Member

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    Sad day for you lads' with the passing of the great Mr. Taylor.

    I have opened a thread on the Swansea site and you are all welcome to pay a visit, add an anecdote, or just say hi.
    Many Swans' fans' remember Watford under Mr. Taylor, and they are being lauded, and rightly so.

    Commiserations to you all.

    RIP.
     
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    Gutted, RIP Graham and thank you!<cry>
     
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  7. yorkshirehornet

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    I echo all that had been said. He truly epitomises all that is Watford Fc.



    Our greatest ever manager.

    I was so lucky to have followed Watford all over the country in those great GT years...

    Words cannot say enough what he did and how much pleasure, success and opportunities he gave to so many.



    We are united in grief today.
     
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  8. Markthehorn

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    Indeed - and certainly England aren't a lot better (apart from getting very easy qualifying groups* which GT didn't have..)

    *We had Ireland under Jack Charlton for the Euros and then a good Norway/Poland and Dutch side for the 1994 World Cup for which 2 automatically qualified.

    Even the actual group for Euro 92 was very tough - France/Denmark (winners of course) and the hosts Sweden.

    Wouldn't fancy our chances now in that sort of company..
     
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  9. oldfrenchhorn

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  10. geitungur akureyrar

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    http://www.mbl.is/sport/enski/2017/01/12/graham_taylor_er_latinn/

    Graham Taylor, former England football manager of many teams in the past and honorary President Watford, dies at 72 years of age. He died at his home early in the morning, it is believed that his death was heart attack.

    Taylor was born in 1944 and played four hundred league appearances for Grimsby and Lincoln in his time in the lower divisions in England. When he retired as a player Lincoln in 1972 because of injuries, only 28 years old, he took over as manager of the team and led for five years, to 1977, when the team won the 4 Division under his control.

    Then he took Watford and there occurred a great adventure. In just five years he took Watford from the 4 Division in the top division and the team ended up in second place in 1983 and played in the finals of the FA Cup the following year.

    Taylor took over Aston Villa in 1987, after they had fallen out of the top flight, and took it straight up again. Aston Villa relegated to the second department under his direction the spring of 1990.

    In the summer, after the World Cup in Italy, where England reached the semi-finals, he took over as coach. He was with the England team at Euro in Sweden in 1992, where the team failed to qualify from the group stage, and after England failed to secure a place at the World Cup in the US he resigned in November 1993.

    After that Taylor led Wolves in the 1994-95 season, returned to Watford in 1996 and was there for five years and afterthis time was with Aston Villa for the 2002-2003 season.

    Taylor became chairman of Watford in 2009 and held that position until 2012 and was honored by the president for life. He worked in recent years as a specialist at BBC
     
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    I'm sitting here crying like a baby.

    The man whose vision took us from 2nd bottom to 2nd top of the Football League...

    Gone but never to be forgotten. RIP
     
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    Just got up and heard the news. Don't know what to say. GT contributed more joy to my life than anyone else that I have never met. And what joy!

    I'm glad it is Middlesbrough on Saturday. They are a decent bunch and will respect our tributes.
     
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    Programme on 5live for an hour and a half with tributes to the great man starting at 7.
     
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    RIP Graham <rose> A great part of our lives and of who we are today, you almost grew up with us - and if we are like a family today it's because of you.
     
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    I have so many great memories of those years from the 4th Division to the 1st.
    I remember at the end of full time in one cup match, it was a privilege watching him work for those few minutes to motivate his Watford players. He had them all stand and he was showing such passion as he put his message across. Great man motivation skills. We went on to win a fantastic match 4-3 aet.

    Away from the pitch he inspired so many people and the community work that he did and the Academy, he will always be remembered.
    A great man.
     
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    I like so many others feel that he has played such a significant part in my life. I did not know him personnally but met him at Watford events such as the player award nights. He was always available to talk to, always so polite, friendly and never in any rush to get away from you.
    I remember when he came back for his second stint as manager, at that time my working life had for well over fifteen years made it impossible to attend Saturday matches but on his return I just had to be there and moved heaven on earth to make it for his first match back against Ipswich. I just wanted to experience the great man being back and enjoy the warmth and love given to him. I remember us as the struggling club back under his charge and racing into a wonderful lead ( to end up drawing) it did not matter Graham was back!!!!.

    I can not hope for a ticket for Saturday's match but I will be there in spirit to pay my respects to our "Graham" and shall reflect on what made so many of us in our own small way part of "Elton Johns Taylor made Army"

    Words of thanks are not enough for everything Graham Taylor has done for Watford FC, you will live for ever in our thoughts and memories of our club. <rose>
     
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    RIP the greatest Hornet of them all. <rose>

    Much love to all my fellow Hornets at this terrible time. I can't stay but I'm thinking of you. <ok>
     
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  20. oldfrenchhorn

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    Thinking of you SLB only 10 minutes ago.
     
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