R.I.P. Graham Taylor

Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by Aylesburyorn, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. iamofwfc

    iamofwfc Squad Player

    I knew he did not have the best start but did not realise it was that poor, in his third year at top flight we were bottom of the league for a while, yes how things have changed for the worse
  2. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    GT was just mentioned in Parliament by the PM, who said Lincoln's victory last night was a fitting tribute to him.
  3. EnjoytheGame

    EnjoytheGame Academy Graduate

    It wasn't quite that bad. GT's first 11 matches as Lincoln manager were not all defeats, but he didn't win a game until his 12th match.
  4. V Crabro

    V Crabro Reservist

    GT's first league game as WFC manager was a 3-1 win at Edgeley Park in August '77. It was my girlfriend's (now wife) first WFC match. I remember that the weather was good, the attendance was small and Ross bagged a brace. Anyone else there that day (I know from Highgrade's recent thread that we have a few "old-timers")?
  5. We hate 48

    We hate 48 Reservist

    I was there.We went on the train and seem to recall the players went back on it as well-or was that just wishful thinking.

    What i do remember was us playing darts in a pub with some Stockport fans-reasonable atmosphere then which all changed once in the ground. But those days were different-as was crowd-3,000.
  6. onion8837

    onion8837 Reservist

    No but I was there for his first home game - a 3-1 defeat to York City (IIRC)
  7. Luther Bassett

    Luther Bassett Reservist

    Yes, still in the habit of Going pretty much everywhere at that stage: saw every game in Kirby's relegation season, so masochism came easy. Don't remember a huge amount of detail, but I do recall a feeling that something a bit decent might be on the horizon, a thought which built up and then finally exploded at Griffin Park a couple of months later.
  8. Vicarage Road

    Vicarage Road Reservist

    I'm afraid to say, I was a Johnny come lately. My first WFC match was home to Crewe in October '77. Stuffed 'em five goals to their two
  9. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

  10. iamofwfc

    iamofwfc Squad Player

    I know it will be over two since the great mans sad death but does anyone know if there will be anything at the next England games, the first is away in Germany on 22 March then at Wembley on 26 March, I hope they do but may be considered yesterdays news.
  11. MarlonsCellMate

    MarlonsCellMate Reservist

    Fabricating controversy to try and get on the towns peoples side, before she announces there is no money to fund a GT statue because they blew it installing a bridge over a 4ft wide pond.
  12. iamofwfc

    iamofwfc Squad Player

    They were top draw before the game in the pubs, during the game and in the evening in the pub. Really dont know where she got this from, I can only assume that someone else writes her tweets and got it mixed up with what was reported at the Luton game. If I was a boro fan would not be too happy.
  13. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Claims she "misunderstood or misheard" what they were chanting..

    Well I guess that might happen be if your inside wining and dining..

    Sure she could have checked before writing the Tweet though.

    Probably be front page news on the WO tomorrow now so a bit of a PR own goal.
  14. Luther Bassett

    Luther Bassett Reservist

  15. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

  16. onion8837

    onion8837 Reservist

  17. Luther Bassett

    Luther Bassett Reservist

    Yes, agreed; he never needs much encouragement to bore on about the good old days. But still a well written and interesting article, I thought. Had been wondering about GT's absence from the airwaves over the past few months and whether it was linked to illness: this suggests he had slipped down the pecking order. in spite of the reference to an upcoming meeting to discuss future games on the 5live tribute programme, this does seem to be the case. I never really thought it suited him, as the brevity required from a co-commentator was never his strongest suit! Having said which, he did of course always come across as enthusiastic and engaging. Hadn't heard about the bad fall.
  18. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Worth picking up a copy of the Wobby today. 16 pages.
  19. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    Funeral will be in Watford on 1st Feb. Invites only to the church (St Mary's) but it will be relayed outside, followed by a private family committal. The club are also planning a tribute event at a Vicarage Road after the end of the current PL season with money raised to go to his favourite charities.

    Details on the official site.
  20. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Just so Meister.
  21. Witneyellow

    Witneyellow Reservist

    Long shot but if anybody who's reading this is coming down to Muff tomorrow can you get me a copy please? pm me to sort out collection/paying. I should be in the Percy Whatsit 'Spoons from about 12.30
  22. PhilippineOrn

    PhilippineOrn First Team

    Even longer shot but l am really hoping some kind soul could put a copy in the post to the Philippines. Paypal is the only way I can pay for it mind.
  23. zztop

    zztop Eurovision Winner 2015

    I think there was a link or email address mentioned in Oliver's article for those that want to order copies.

  24. TBF, that is the point of the piece. It is a personal article about what Graham meant to Oly Phillips; so it simply wouldn't have worked any other way.
  25. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Tributes from his respective clubs Lincoln City, Grimsby Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa:



  26. onion8837

    onion8837 Reservist

    But every article he writes is more about him than the supposed subject matter, not just this one. He's either retired or he hasn't - time to move on in my opinion !
  27. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    I was a cub reporter on the sports desk in 81 and he was a formidable man in size and temper!

    I believe he saw/sees himself as the definitive voice on Watford and he is now in a state of limbo,supposedly retired but still a regular contributor.

    It's always difficult to sign off and I enjoyed his piece on GT,even if there was a little too much Ollie!
  28. iamofwfc

    iamofwfc Squad Player

    Its great that they had the England tribute there as well
  29. Lloyd

    Lloyd Reservist

    I think the WO's decision to sell advertisements in its GT supplement is one of the grubbiest examples of profiteering I have ever seen.
  30. Jelboy

    Jelboy Reservist

    Yeah! I was there, good day out but as mentioned by another poster it got a bit nasty outside afterwards - for some reason we used to have regular run-ins with Stockport fans - I think they also pitched up when we had that horrible day at Northwich Victoria and also Doncaster for some reason or another.... Think we followed that game at Stockport up with a home loss to York City - little did we know what was about to happen after that....
  31. PhilippineOrn

    PhilippineOrn First Team

    You would sooner no supplement than no ads?
  32. I get where you are coming from, but I guess I grew up reading that style, and though it is indeed very much centred around his view of the world, I think that is possibly why I find his writing interesting.

    Before internet and no-news overload, Oly was virtually the only source of independent news on the club, and I think we were lucky to have had such an authoritative voice coincide with that incredible period for the club. He was and still is frustrating, and I wrote to the Wobby on a few occasions to complain about his use of the paper and his huge influence to manipulate the fans and form, rather that report opinion.

    I'd agree, he ain't perfect, but he was damned good at his job, and despite some massive negatives, we are better off for him being at the Wobby.
  33. Lloyd

    Lloyd Reservist

    No - a supplement with no ads. An 8, rather than 16 page, version if necessary, but selling ads was tawdry in the extreme. I assume, given your location, you haven't seen the shabby document?
  34. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    They've got to pay for it somehow. 95p is pretty good value imho considering staff costs etc. and it;s in addition to the rest of the paper foc.
    The odd advert like Wetherspoons for example actually included their own tribute. Consider it the advertisers paying for his tribute and actually it's not such a bad thing.
  35. easthertshornet

    easthertshornet Reservist

    Listened to the church service on 3CR just now. Have to say that everybody participating at the service, not least the fans attending outside the church did the great man, the club and the town proud. It was very moving and dignified

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