ROBIN­SON: Give Zola a fair crack at the Blues WESTLEY: Name Tro­phy in hon­our of Gra­ham Wolves and Villa pay their re­spects

The Football League Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By John Lyons

IT WAS an emo­tional night at Mo­lineux as fans of Wolves and Aston Villa paid trib­ute to Gra­ham Tay­lor.

The for­mer Eng­land man­ager died from a sus­pected heart at­tack on Thurs­day at the age of 72 and English foot- ball has since united to pay its re­spects.

Tay­lor man­aged both Wolves and Villa so it was fit­ting that they faced each other yesterday.

There was a flo­ral trib­ute to the ex-Wat­ford boss, while sup­port­ers paid trib­ute to him with chants of ‘One Gra­ham Tay­lor’ and ap­plause in the 72nd minute.

On the pitch, Wolves took the spoils thanks to a soli­tary Joe Ma­son goal.

All EFL clubs staged a minute's ap­plause for Tay­lor at games yesterday.

EFL chair­man Ian Le­na­gan said: “He was one of foot­ball’s most knowl­edge­able, per­son­able and much-loved char­ac­ters.”

A HOST of EFL clubs have paid trib­ute to for­mer Eng­land man­ager Gra­ham Tay­lor, who has died at the age of 72 from a sus­pected heart at­tack.

Af­ter a play­ing ca­reer as a full-back with Grimsby and Lin­coln was cut short by in­jury, he be­came the youngest per­son to be­come an FA coach at the age of 27 and then be­came the youngest man­ager in the Foot­ball League at the age of 28 with Lin­coln in 1972.

He led Lin­coln to the Fourth Divi­sion ti­tle in 1976 be­fore go­ing on to have great suc­cess with Wat­ford, lead­ing them from the Fourth Divi­sion to the topflight in five years and reach­ing the FA Cup fi­nal in 1984.

Tay­lor also en­joyed suc­cess with Aston Villa, guid­ing them back into Divi­sion One and tak­ing them to run­ners-up spot in the divi­sion in 1989-90.

His time as Eng­land boss be­tween 1990 to 1993 didn’t prove fruit­ful and Tay­lor was lam­basted by the Press.

How­ever, he later re­turned to club man­age­ment with Wolves, be­fore re­turn­ing to both Wat­ford, who he led to two pro­mo­tions, and Villa for a sec­ond time be­fore re­tir­ing.

He be­came a vice-pres­i­dent at Scun­thorpe United in 2003, the town in which he grew up, and later re­turned to Wat­ford, be­com­ing chair­man in 2009, and then an hon­orary life pres­i­dent.

Aston Villa, who vis­ited Wolves yesterday, said: “We are deeply sad­dened by the news of the death of our for­mer man­ager Gra­ham Tay­lor.

“Gra­ham joined us from Wat­ford in the sum­mer of 1987 and set about trans­form­ing our for­tunes fol­low­ing rel­e­ga­tion to the old Sec­ond Divi­sion.

“He will al­ways have a place of hon­our in our his­tory books for his achieve­ments while at the helm.”

Wolves vice-pres­i­dent and record goalscorer Steve Bull played un­der Tay­lor for both Wolves and Eng­land.

“Gra­ham was a gen­tle­man and a very good man­ager,” said Bull. “I al­ways say that if he had been given an­other year at Mo­lineux he would have taken us up.

“He started the Academy at the club and we all know how suc­cess­ful that has proved to be.

“He was a man I had a lot of time for and my thoughts go out to his fam­ily at this sad time.”

Grimsby said: “Gra­ham was an ab­so­lute gift to Grimsby Town, to foot­ball in gen­eral, to Lin­coln, Wat­ford, Aston Villa, and to Eng­land de­spite the press re­ac­tion to him that all Eng­land man­agers have suf­fered.

“It’s very sad that a one­and-only has been taken from us, but for those that knew him well, slightly, or just saw him as player, or man­ager, he will live for­ever in our mem­o­ries.”

Scun­thorpe United added: “Gra­ham was ap­pointed as a vice-pres­i­dent of the Iron in 2003 and still found the time to watch United on oc­ca­sions. He had been in the board­room for a cou­ple of matches this sea­son.

“The thoughts of ev­ery­one at Scun­thorpe United are with his fam­ily at this sad time.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

ALL-SMILES: Joe Ma­son cel­e­brates scor­ing Wolves’ win­ner and, in­set, fans of both clubs sing the name of Gra­ham Tay­lor in the 72nd minute

BIG LOSS: Gra­ham Tay­lor in his Eng­land days

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