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Watford fans discuss plans for Graham Taylor statue at Vicarage Road

Published: 4 Mar 2017

Watford have announced a statue of the late Graham Taylor will be built at Vicarage Road to honour their greatest ever manager and his achievements. 

Taylor joined Watford in the late 70s when world-famous pop star Elton John was owner of the Hertfordshire club and took them from a lowly fourth division side to runners-up in the top flight.

After spells with Aston Villa, where he took them from the second division to runners-up in the first, a stint as England manager, and a short spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Taylor returned to Watford in 1996.

Once Elton John had rebought his boyhood team in 1996, Taylor, who originally joined as General Manager, took over from Kenny Jackett as first team manager, but he could not save the club from relegation to the third tier.

Winning the third division at the first attempt in 1998, Taylor then achieved back-to-back promotions after a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers in the Play-Off Final at Wembley in 1999.

He could not keep the club in the Premier League however, and retired with the club ninth in Division One.

He returned to the club as a non-executive board member in 2009, before being appointed interim Chairman that same year. He left this role in May 2012 and had a stand named after him at Vicarage Road in 2014.

There are very few people in football more deserving of a statue than Graham Taylor, and Watford fans are delighted about their former manager receiving one of life's greatest honours.

There has been much online debate about where the statue should be placed, so we took to Vicarage Road on matchday and asked the fans where they think it should go!

Should it go outside the club shop or outside the stand where most of the home supporters sit?

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