Tag: RIP Graham Taylor

19th January 2019- Premier League, Watford 0 Burnley 0

Match Report: Watford 0-0 Burnley

Foster: “It Was A Scrappy Game”

Gracia: “There Are Positives But We Can Play Better”

Highlights: Watford 0-0 Burnley

Mariappa: “It’s Important To Come Away With Something”

Affleck’s Angle: The Run-Around

Gallery: Watford v Burnley

Watford continue their unbeaten run in 2019 with 0-0 draw against Burnley

Adrian Mariappa has hopes of playing in Europe with Watford

Watford vs Burnley: Javi Gracia disappointed with Hornets’ attacking play

RATINGS: Who shone in Watford’s goalless draw against Burnley

A selection of images from Watford’s draw with Burnley

Chris Wood saw an injury-time goal controversially ruled out for offside as Watford and Burnley failed to conjure a winner in a disappointing goalless draw at Vicarage Road.

Both teams had chances to score and the home side could have taken the lead as early as the second minute but Heaton denied Gerard Deulofeu with his right foot after the forward went through on goal. Heaton was called into action once more on the stroke of half-time when he dived to his right to parry Troy Deeney’s crisp side-footed effort to safety.

Indeed, the result had as much to do with wayward finishing as the excellent performances from both goalkeepers, Tom Heaton and Ben Foster.

Sean Dyche, back on his old stamping ground where he spent three seasons as a player before cutting his teeth in management on the day home supporters honoured the memory of Graham Taylor, could afford a smile at the final whistle despite seeing Chris Wood’s goal ruled out for offside in added time.

The highlight of the day was the GT stuff, quite obviously. Two years on the club provides all attendees with a drinks voucher, then orchestrates another tremendous scarf display as the players enter the arena. This might have been more effective still but for the unwanted, unneeded and sadly non-negotiable twaddle that is the Premier League anthem as the players solemnly shake hands. It could have been so much more than a stunning visual spectacle. But it is a stunning visual spectacle. There are scarves aloft in the away end too – Claret and Blue stands out a little less than Southampton’s red and white of a year ago, but it’s still a fine thing.

As the teams took the field, the crowd (including a number of Burnley fans) raised their scarves in honour of GT (the fellow next to me was given my spare so he could join in).  It really was quite a sight.  That was followed by a minute’s applause for both GT and Duncan Welbourne who passed away this week.  Chopper’s family were guests of honour of the club for the afternoon.

At half time, the family of Thomas Sawyer, a young soldier who was killed in Afghanistan 10 years ago, were on the pitch and Thomas’s father paid heartfelt tribute to his son.  Then, as the players came out for the second half, the 1881 lads unfurled the Legends banner which we held over our heads in the Rookery in the knowledge that it features both GT and Duncan Welbourne.  Both events were touching tributes and a clear sign that the club has not lost its community focus.

Tributes to GT- two years on

Javi Graci pays tribute to Watford legend Graham Taylor

4th August 2018- The Graham Taylor Matchday, Watford 1 Sampdoria 1

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Watford FC Official SiteA commemorative statue of Graham Taylor OBE was unveiled today in a special ceremony outside Vicarage Road.

Watford fans were given an exciting glimpse of the promise of the partnership between Andre Gray and Troy Deeney when the pair combined for the latter to clinch a draw with Sampdoria at Vicarage Road this afternoon.

Watford ObserverDuxbury pays tribute to greatest manager GT

Blissett hails history-maker Taylor

‘In the words of dad: I have never changed my opinion that football is a game for the people’

RELIVE – Deeney on target in draw as Hornets pay tribute to Taylor

Hornets complete unbeaten pre-season

Head coach hails outstanding pre-season

FranSaturday was to be an important day for Watford fans with the long awaited unveiling of the GT statue.

GT- Never Forgotten

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This was written by John Motson in 1983 but was true of GT to the end.

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Taken from ‘A Tale of the Unexpected’, the book written by Geoff Sweet and Graham Burton which documents our second place finish in the old Division One.

5th August 2017- The Graham Taylor Matchday, Watford 0 Real Sociedad 0

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Watford FC Official Site Matchday Review

Watford Observer

LIVE – Watford v Real Sociedad: Hughes and Capoue on the bench for Watford’s last pre-season game in memory of Graham Taylor

Touching tributes paid to Graham Taylor as Watford are held to goalless draw by Real Sociedad

Player ratings: How did Watford’s players get on in their goalless draw against Real Sociedad?

BHappy image First and foremost, we’re here for GT. There’s yellow everywhere, including in the Rookery where, if the donated tributes get a bit lost the sentiment is evident and a mighty GT banner dominates. And that’s the theme really… what’s important is not the substance, not the what, but the motivation behind it.  Everyone… club, supporters, guests… want to do this justice.  So there’s all sorts of entertainment going on behind the Rookery by all accounts – and whilst I grouchily resent not being allowed to sit in my seat, let alone my stand for any fixture on this occasion allowances must be made.

 

29th July 2017- Graham Taylor Tribute Match, Aston Villa 0 Watford 0

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Watford FC Official Site Heurelho Gomes was the Hornets’ hero as the Brazilian’s second-half penalty save ensured Aston Villa and Watford played out a goalless draw at Villa Park.

Watford Observer

RELIVE – Aston Villa v Watford: Hornets and Villains fire blanks in uneventful stalemate

No goals as Watford and Aston Villa pay pre-season tribute to late manager Graham Taylor

PICTURES: Images from the Graham Taylor Tribute Match between Aston Villa and Watford

Watford head coach Marco Silva impressed with players’ commitment in Aston Villa draw

BHappy image As we wait another Villa fan approaches, shakes my hand;  “Nice day for it mate.  He’s up there, smiling down on us”.  Off the pitch, at any rate, and whatever the unfortunate dilution of the tribute by virtue of the necessary shifting of the game to the West Midlands and running a second GT game next week, off the pitch this is a friendly game in every respect.

FranAs soon as the teams emerged from the tunnel, they lined up and there was a minute’s applause for GT with both sets of fans singing “There’s only one Graham Taylor” at the tops of their voices.  It was very moving.

 

Birmingham Mail website: Aston Villa 0 Watford 0 – Henri Lansbury misses penalty; Jack Grealish injured

Aston Villa website: Villa and Watford played out a goalless draw at Villa Park on the day the two clubs paid tribute to the late, great Graham Taylor.

 

11th February 2017- Premier League, Manchester United 2 Watford 0

Previously v Manchester United

 

WFC imageOfficial site

Matchday review

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RELIVE – Man United v Watford: Hornets beaten by goals in each half at Old Trafford

Mixed messages in United defeat for Hornets

Watford boss Mazzarri takes encouragement from Manchester United loss

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho delighted with side’s display

Man United v Watford match ratings: How did Hornets rate in Old Trafford defeat?

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Manchester United moved one point adrift of a top-four place as Anthony Martial marked his return with a goal and an assist in a victory over Watford.

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Anthony Martial impressed on his return to the Manchester United starting line-up in a 2-0 win over Watford.

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Anthony Martial takes his chance as Manchester United outclass Watford

The Telegraph

Manchester United 2 Watford 0: Juan Mata and Anthony Martial extend Utd’s unbeaten league run to 16

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Coverage of GT’s funeral

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Graham Taylor funeral – as it happened

Gallery: Thousands turn up to pay their respects to Watford legend Graham Taylor

Elton John’s tribute to Graham Taylor: ‘We were Batman and Robin’

Graham Taylor was football rebel who “stood up for what he believed was right”

Video: Graham Taylor will be missed by everyone in football, said his former colleagues

Dyche: Taylor’s funeral was ‘handled fantastically well’

A day of great sadness but a celebration of a life lived with integrity and honesty

It was fitting who was last to leave after tiddlywinks tale was retold

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Graham Taylor funeral: Crowds gather for England boss

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Graham Taylor funeral: mourners hear Elton John tribute

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Graham Taylor’s funeral attended by players…

Graham Taylor’s funeral a reminder…-Daily Telegraph

Graham Taylor funeral: Sir Alex Ferguson among mourners…-Metro

Watford to come to a standstill for Graham Taylor’s funeral – ITV News

Graham Taylor: Funeral for Midlands football legend-ITV Central

Graham Taylor: Well known figures from…-Express and Star

Thousands attend funeral…-Birmingham Mail