25 Facts About Graham Taylor

1. Graham Taylor supported the Royal British Legion and cycled from London to Paris in 2010 to raise funds for the RBL's Poppy appeal.

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2. Graham Taylor regularly hosted moderated "online coaching seminars" on the DALnet channel.

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3. Graham Taylor was a Celebrity Ambassador for the Sense Enterprise Board in Birmingham, and worked to raise both funds and awareness, including running the London Marathon in 2004.

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4. Graham Taylor announced his resignation from his position as chairman on 30 May 2012.

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5. In 2003, Graham Taylor became vice-president at League One club Scunthorpe United, his hometown club.

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6. Graham Taylor won the Division Two championship at his first attempt in 1998.

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7. Graham Taylor spent heavily on players while at Wolves, paying large sums for the likes of Steve Froggatt, Tony Daley, Mark Atkins, John de Wolf, Dean Richards and Don Goodman.

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8. Graham Taylor resigned on 23 November 1993, six days after England's failure to qualify.

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9. Graham Taylor suffered several injuries, notably to Gary Stevens, Lee Dixon, John Barnes and Paul Gascoigne, leaving the squad in makeshift mode going into the finals.

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10. Graham Taylor faced accusations he could not cope with 'stars', after he dropped Paul Gascoigne for Gordon Cowans for a qualifying game against Ireland.

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11. Graham Taylor used 59 players in total, as he struggled to find a 'new spine' after the retirement of Peter Shilton, Terry Butcher and Bryan Robson.

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12. In May 1987, Graham Taylor left Watford for a new challenge at Aston Villa, who had just been relegated from the First Division.

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13. Graham Taylor led Watford from the Football League Fourth Division to the First Division in only five years.

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14. In June 1977, Graham Taylor was hired to manage Watford by new owner Elton John.

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15. Graham Taylor led Lincoln to the Fourth Division title in 1976; his team's 32 wins, 4 defeats and 74 points were all league records.

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16. Graham Taylor was the youngest person to become a FA coach, at the age of 27.

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17. Graham Taylor achieved this with Lincoln City and Watford (71 points—1978).

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18. Graham Taylor was the only manager to have twice led teams that amassed over 70 points in one Football League season under the League's original scoring system of two points for a win and one point for a draw.

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19. Graham Taylor played 189 games at fullback for Grimsby Town, scoring twice.

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20. Graham Taylor played for the England Grammar Schools football team, and joined the sixth-form after passing six-O-levels in 1961, but he left after one year to pursue a full-time career in football.

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21. Graham Taylor served as Watford's chairman from 2009 until 2012 where he continued to hold the position of honorary life-president.

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22. Graham Taylor took Watford from the Fourth Division to the First in five years.

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23. Graham Taylor won the Fourth Division title with Lincoln in 1976, before moving to Watford in 1977.

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24. Graham Taylor became a player, playing at full back for Grimsby Town and Lincoln City.

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25. Graham Taylor was the manager of the England national football team from 1990 to 1993, and managed Lincoln City, Watford, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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