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  • A statue of Graham Taylor will be erected at Watford's Vicarage Road 
  • Taylor had two spells in charge of the Hornets as well as managing England
  • He is widely regarded as the greatest-ever manager in Watford's history
  • A secondary tribute of an annual pre-season fixture is still to be confirmed 

By Glen Williams For Mailonline

Published: 06:10 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 07:13 EST, 17 February 2017

Watford have confirmed they will erect a statue in honour of Graham Taylor, the club's most successful manager ever.

A second tribute will be arranged as an annual pre-season fixture in memory of the former England manager, who passed away in January.

Taylor was first appointed manager of the Hornets by Elton John back in 1977, where he took the club from Fourth Division obscurity to the UEFA Cup in just six years. He then steered them to the FA Cup final the following year. 

A statue of Watford's greatest-ever manager Graham Taylor will be built at Vicarage Road A statue of Watford's greatest-ever manager Graham Taylor will be built at Vicarage Road

A statue of Watford's greatest-ever manager Graham Taylor will be built at Vicarage Road

Taylor was rewarded with the England manager's job before returning to Watford in 1996  Taylor was rewarded with the England manager's job before returning to Watford in 1996 

Taylor was rewarded with the England manager's job before returning to Watford in 1996 

The club's Instagram account confirmed the news that plans to build the statue will go ahead The club's Instagram account confirmed the news that plans to build the statue will go ahead

The club's Instagram account confirmed the news that plans to build the statue will go ahead

GRAHAM TAYLOR'S LIFE IN FOOTBALL 

PLAYING

1962–1968: Grimsby Town 189 games 

1968–1972: Lincoln City 150 games 

MANAGEMENT 

1972–1977: Lincoln City 

1977–1987: Watford 

1987–1990: Aston Villa 

1990–1993: England 

1994–1995: Wolverhampton Wanderers

1996–2001: Watford

2002–2003: Aston Villa

After a 10-year stint at the club, Taylor went on to manage club sides Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers as well as bagging the England job in the early 1990s.

During his second spell in charge at Vicarage Road between 1996 and 2001, he recovered his golden touch and achieved back-to-back promotions to get the club to the Premier League.

Taylor began his footballing career as a young player with Scunthorpe and also represented Grimsby and Lincoln before moving into management with the latter.

After a glowing career in management, he called it a day in 2003 following his second spell in charge of the Midlands club.

He later became a respected pundit with the BBC and BT Sport. But it was at Watford where Taylor’s managerial career really took off after cutting his teeth with Lincoln.

Taylor was also awarded an OBE for his services to football in 2002 in recognition of his work in the sport for 40 years. 

Mourners gather to pay their respects to Taylor at his funeral service in Watford Mourners gather to pay their respects to Taylor at his funeral service in Watford

Mourners gather to pay their respects to Taylor at his funeral service in Watford

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown (l) and ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson attended Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown (l) and ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson attended
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown (l) and ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson attended Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown (l) and ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson attended

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown (l) and ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson attended


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