Gary Newbon: Taylor was a class act, both as boss and friend

Graham Taylor had class both as a manager and as a person.

I spent a lot of time with Graham in his role as manager and broadcast expert. We shared a lot of laughs together too.

He was a full-back with Grimsby Town and Lincoln City before a serious hip injury ended that at 27 and he became manager of Lincoln, the youngest in the Football League.

He then went on to be in charge of Watford under chairman Elton John, Aston Villa under Doug Ellis, England and then Wolves, where the chairman was Sir Jack Hayward.

When Elton bought Watford a second time, he soon installed Graham again.

Sadly, Taylor died of a heart attack on January 17, 2017, at age 72.

I met Graham in the early ’70s when he was a manager at Lincoln, which was within ATV’s huge regional territory.

He was a live studio guest at my Friday night Sportsround on a wet winter’s night in Birmingham city centre. The interview lasted three minutes.


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