R.I.P. Graham Taylor

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

  1. goatswilly

    goatswilly Academy Graduate

    There will be a 90-minute show on BBC Radio 5 live tonight from 19:00 GMT remembering Graham Taylor's life.
     
  2. J.B

    J.B First Team

    [video=youtube;I35wwctd2ss]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I35wwctd2ss[/video]

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  3. cyaninternetdog

    cyaninternetdog Forum Hippie

    Tears in eyes here, the biggest thing I remember about him is the scrapbook I inherited from my Aunt who was a big Watford fan, had a few letters of correspondence with him in there, top bloke.
     
  4. Irishorn

    Irishorn Gael Force

    A true gentleman and Watford legend. Such a decent and honourable man.

    My heartfelt sympathies to his family. A thoroughly sad day for all involved in the club.

    RIP
     
  5. SkylaRose

    SkylaRose Reservist

    They are not Luton fans are they? I haven't looked myself but after your post I do not really want to. :(
     
  6. Mr MoJo

    Mr MoJo Academy Graduate

    The club has existed for over 130 years. I know that in another 130 years time, GT will still be our greatest ever manager. We all lost our hero today. RIP
     
  7. easthertshornet

    easthertshornet Reservist

    God bless you Graham. The greatest of all Watford legends. R.I.P
     
  8. PhilippineOrn

    PhilippineOrn First Team

    Thank you Graham for defining my childhood and making me the adult I am today. I showed you my Watford tattoo on the steps outside the Bramall Lane offices...you pointed to it and laughed, we shook hands and I told my fiancee who was there l just touched the hand of God. I hope you have even a fraction of an idea how you are idolised by all Watford fans but especially those around from 77/78...
     
  9. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    As soon as I get home I'm dusting off my old 1999 Watford shirt and will wear it all evening.
     
  10. Knight GT

    Knight GT Predictor extraordinaire 2013/14

    Feels like losing a close relative. All the comments on here have reduced me to tears. I am utterly devastated.
     
  11. LinsladeOrn

    LinsladeOrn First Year Pro

    Awful, awful news.

    When I booked my holiday 'boro at home was a game I was able to miss - devastated I won't be there now.
     
  12. DrewH

    DrewH Administrator Staff Member

    Can't believe it. Rest in peace GT.
     
  13. Knight GT

    Knight GT Predictor extraordinaire 2013/14

    Don't. It's quite incredible what some people can write about somebody who has just died.
     
  14. RookeryLad

    RookeryLad First Year Pro

    Football is important to us but rarely does it bring you to tears, not with sadness.

    Today tears at the news.

    He was more than about football, what he did for the club, the town, for us wasand is unforgettable.

    So so sad right now.
     
  15. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    I would go further. He had an influence on our town and community.

    He did a talk at WBGS every year (I'm sure he did at other schools) handed out medals for Abbots 10k etc.

    Even if you weren't a football fan, GT helped shape our local area.
     
  16. vic-rijrode

    vic-rijrode First Year Pro

    Absolutely devastating news. When Ken Furphy died I was sad remembering the good times he gave us in the 60s but this is just terrible news. The only comparable feeling I have had associated with football was when I learned in summer 87 that GT had left to club to go to Villa and Bassett had taken over. This is much worse.

    Rest in Peace GT.
     
  17. Siohmy

    Siohmy Reservist

    From a completely selfish point of view, I don't like crying, especially in public. Saturday is going to be so hard.

    Still fondly remember him spending an hour on the phone to my dad when he had terminal cancer. Only looking to give my old man a lift with a quick chat with the legend. Thought he'd be about 5 minutes. He was a truly wonderful man.

    RIP.
     
  18. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    Don't worry mate, we'll sing for you.
     
  19. SkylaRose

    SkylaRose Reservist

    Which one? The Phones4U one or the one we wore in the P/O final where Nicky Wright scored that incrediable goal vs Bolton?
    Cannot remember the sponsor of it...
     
  20. Whippendell Woods

    Whippendell Woods Squad Player

    We are all God's children.

    What an absolutely outstanding man of knowledge, kindness, honour and decency.

    This part of the forum should be somehow renamed in permanent tribute.

    My mum died last month but this is somehow much sadder, much more of a shock.

    A great man. God bless his wife, children and grandchildren whose pain will be so much greater than ours.
     
  21. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    Toshiba?

    So hard. In an office full of people who could never understand what it is to support a poxy little club, just because it is yours and to have a man like GT who effectively defined everything that was good about said club. They could never relate to my grief or understand why the usually cynical me is in tears at the loss of someone he met only 4 or 5 times in his life.
     
  22. hornetgags

    hornetgags McMuff's lovechild

    It was the CTX one.

    Fortunatley, I'm working from home today and work has taken a back seat as I'm just watching old YT videos o Watford under GT and welling up.
     
  23. brumhorn

    brumhorn First Year Pro

    CTX was the playoff final sponsor
     
  24. Levon

    Levon Squad Player

    I was driving when the news broke, I found out through a text from my brother. Now I suddenly don't feel like doing any university work.

    Really saddened and devastated. This is the man who, in no small part, made us who we were - he and Elton. He loved the club and its fans, and always insisted that everything was for them.
     
  25. hornetgags

    hornetgags McMuff's lovechild

    Dammit, Elton's tribute has me all choked up.

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  26. ST1968

    ST1968 Academy Graduate

    #thankyouGT
     
  27. gregibelieve

    gregibelieve First Year Pro

    i caught the end of his first stint. then i was a fully formed surporter in his 2nd. he symbolises everything we are or were or will be. he made this club what it was. as important as a fergie to man u, more so. our small little club punched above its weight and dreams came true. thanks gt. really really gutted today. If your passing doesnt light a ****ing firework up this teams arse i dont know what will. It takes something special to be a great person maybe this will inspire some people to stand up. so gutted.
    elton johns taylor made army.
     
  28. Slug

    Slug Academy Graduate

    RIP GT. An absolute gent and all round top bloke, you will be truly missed.

    Thanks for the memories, some of the best ever.
     
  29. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    It's difficult to word how much influence he had over the lives of people growing up in our town during my generation and those around it. A phenomenal amount is the best I can surmise.
     
  30. Optimistichornet

    Optimistichornet Penguin Assassin

    I was unfortunate enough to not be around for his first stint as our manager, but I have heard the tales. His second spell was during the defining years of my childhood, and I owe him a lot for some truly great memories and for everything he has done since for this club.

    May you rest in peace Graham.
     
  31. hornetgags

    hornetgags McMuff's lovechild

    Can't remember which game it was, may have been a cup game, we were 2-0 down and his half time team talk was:

    "You got us into this mess, so you can get us out of it"

    Then walked out.

    We ended up drawing 2-2.

    That's who he was.
     
  32. sydney_horn

    sydney_horn Reservist

    Thank you GT for giving me some of my best memories growing up. Very sad news.
     
  33. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Very sad and tragic.

    Of course a true WFC legend or maybe the true WFC legend!

    Will always remember the 2 promotions in 98 and 99 under GT (was too late to enjoy the wonderful era of the late 70s/80s)

    RIP.
     
  34. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    Both, I have both so maybe I'll rotate them, or use one to dry my tears. I've given up doing any work today, just can't concentrate now.
     
  35. Simmos

    Simmos First Year Pro

    His impact for Watford was so much more than football. How many clubs now have Family Stands, introduced by GT in a time when hooliganism ran rife. He also made sure that it was written into all our players contracts that they had to work within the community.

    Link to tribute from Mike Walters below

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/graham-taylors-greatest-achievement-turning-9610289

    He loved Watford and he deserves our utmost gratitude. Thank you GT RIP.
     

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