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IN MEMORIAM: GRAHAM TAYLOR OBE

12 January 2017

The club is saddened to learn of the passing of Iron vice president Graham Taylor OBE at the age of 72.

Born in Worksop on 15th September 1944, Graham grew up in Scunthorpe and regarded it as his hometown. He was educated in the town and it was where he first met his wife Rita, from Winteringham.

His father was Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph sports journalist Thomas Taylor, nicknamed 'Poacher', and Graham fell in love with football watching the Iron in the stands of the Old Show Ground.

He then became a footballer himself, making almost 340 career appearances while with Grimsby Town and Lincoln City between 1962 and 1972.

After retiring as a player through injury in 1972, Graham moved into coaching and management.

He won the Fourth Division title while in charge of Lincoln City in 1976, before moving to Watford in 1977. He took the Hornets from the Fourth Division to the First Division in the space of five years. They then finished as First Division runners-up in 1983 and FA Cup finalists in 1984.

In 1987, he took over as manager at Aston Villa and led the club to promotion in 1988 and second place in the First Division in 1989-90. 

His club success saw him appointed as England manager in 1990, and he managed his country for three years.

1994 saw Taylor make a return to club management with Wolverhampton Wanderers. After one season at Molineux, he returned to Watford, and led the club to the Premier League in 1999 after back-to-back promotions.

His most recent managerial role was manager of Aston Villa, to whom he returned in 2002 and then left a year later.

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.

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