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Graham Taylor
Graham Taylor
Personal information
Full name Graham Taylor
Date of birth 15 September 1944(1944-09-15)
Place of birth    Nottinghamshire, England England
Date of death    12 January 2017(2017-01-12) (aged 72)
Place of death    Hertfordshire, England England
Playing position Full back
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
1962–1968
1968–1972
Total
England Grimsby Town
England Lincoln City
189 00(2)
150 00(1)
339 00(3)   
Teams managed
1972–1977
1977–1987
1987–1990
1990–1993
1994–1995
1996–2001
2002–2003
England Lincoln City
England Watford
England Aston Villa
England England
England Wolverhampton Wanderers
England Watford
England Aston Villa

Graham Taylor OBE (15 September 1944 – 12 January 2017) was an English football player, manager, pundit and chairman of Watford Football Club. He was the manager of the England national football team from 1990 to 1993, and also managed Lincoln City, Watford, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, Taylor grew up in the industrial steel town of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, a town with which he still had many connections in later life and regarded as his hometown. who worked on the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph, Taylor found his love of football in the stands of the Old Show Ground watching Scunthorpe United. He became a player, playing at full back for Grimsby Town and Lincoln City.

After retiring as a player through injury in 1972, Taylor became a manager and coach. He won the Fourth Division title with Lincoln in 1976, before moving to Watford in 1977. He took Watford from the Fourth Division to the First in five years. Under Taylor, Watford were First Division runners-up in 1982–83, and FA Cup finalists in 1984. Taylor took over at Aston Villa in 1987, leading the club to promotion in 1988 and 2nd place in the First Division in 1989–90.

In July 1990, he became the manager of the England team. England qualified for the 1992 European Championships, but were knocked out in the group stages. Taylor resigned in November 1993, after England failed to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States. Taylor was heavily criticised personally and professionally during his tenure as an England manager. Taylor faced even more criticism when a documentary, An Impossible Job, filmed the failed qualifying campaign and aired in 1994. He was filmed berating the German linesman during the controversial defeat to the Netherlands, in a World Cup qualifier.

Taylor returned to club management in March 1994 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 which he returned in 2002. He left at the end of the 2002–03 season. Taylor served as Watford's chairman from 2009 until 2012 where he continued to hold the position of honorary life-president. He also worked as a pundit for BBC Radio Five Live.

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Lincoln City Football Club - Managers

Martin (1896–97) • West (1897–1900) • Calderhead (1900–07) • Strawson (1907–14) • Fraser (1919–21) • Calderhead, Jr. (1921–24) • Henshall (1924–27) • Parkes (1927–36) • McClelland (1936–46) • Anderson (1946–65) • Moulson (1965) • Chapman (1965–66) • Gray (1966–70) • Loxley (1970–71) • Herd (1971–72) • Taylor (1972–77) • Kerr (1977) • Bell (1977–78) • Murphy (1978–85) • Pickering (1985) • Kerr (1985–87) • Daniel (1987) • Murphy (1987–90) • Clarke (1990) • Thompson (1990–93) • Alexander (1993–94) • Ellis (1994–95) • Wicks (1995) • Beck (1995–98) • Westley (1998) • Reames (1998–2000) • Stant (2000–01) • Buckley (2001–02) • Alexander (2002–06) • Simpsonc (2003–04) • Schofield (2006–07) • Brown & Onuorac (2007) • Jackson (2007–09) • Clarkc (2009) • Sutton (2009–10) • Lindseyc (2010) • Tilson (2010–11) • Brownc (2011) • Holdsworth (2011–13) • Brownc (2013) • Simpson (2013–14) Moyses & Brownc (2014) • Moyses (2014) •

Watford Football Club - Managers

Goodall (1903–10) • Kent (1910–26) • Pagnam (1926–29) • McBain (1929–37) • Findlay (1938–47) • Bray (1947–48) • Hapgood (1948–50) • Gray (1950–51) • Green (1951–52) • Goulden (1952–55) • Paton (1955–56) • Goulden (1956) • McBain (1956–59) • Burgess (1959–63) • McGarry (1963–64) • Furphy (1964–71) • Kirby (1971–73) • Keen (1973–77) • Taylor (1977–87) • Bassett (1987–88) • Harrison (1988–90) • Lee (1990) • Perryman (1990–93) • Roeder (1993–96) • Taylor (1996) • Jackett (1996–97) • Taylor (1997–2001) • Vialli (2001–02) • Lewington (2002–05) • Boothroyd (2005–08) • Mackay (2008) • Rodgers (2008–09) • Mackay (2009–11) • Dyche (2011–12) • Zola (2012–13) • Sannino (2013–14) • Garcia (2014) • McKinlay (2014) • Jokanović (2014–15) • Flores (2015–16) • Mazzari (2016–17) • Silva (2017–18) • Gracia (2018–19) • Sánchez Flores (2019) • Pearson (2019–)

Aston Villa Football Club - Managers

Ramsay (1884–1926) • Smith (1926–34) • McMullan (1934–35) • Hogan (1936–39) • Massie (1945–50) • Martin (1950–53) • Houghton (1953–58) • Mercer (1958–64) • D. Taylor (1964–67) • Cummings (1967–68) • Docherty (1968–70) • Crowe (1970–74) • Saunders (1974–82) • Barton (1982–84) • Turner (1984–86) • McNeill (1986–87) • G. Taylor (1987–90) • Venglos (1990–91) • Atkinson (1991–94) • Little (1994–98) • Gregory (1998–2002) • G. Taylor (2002–03) • O'Leary (2003–06) • O'Neill (2006–10) • Houllier (2010–11) • McLeish (2011–12) • Lambert (2012–15) • Sherwood (2015) • Garde (2015–16) • Di Matteo (2016) • Bruce (2016–)

England national football team - Managers

Winterbottom (1946–62) • Ramsey (1962–74) • Mercer (caretaker) (1974) • Revie (1974–77) • Greenwood (1977–82) • Robson (1982–90) • G. Taylor (1990–93) • Venables (1993–96) • Hoddle (1996–99) • Wilkinson (caretaker) (1999) • Keegan (1999–2000) • Wilkinson (caretaker) (2000) • P. Taylor (caretaker) (2000–01) • Eriksson (2001–06) • McClaren (2006–07) • Capello (2008–12) • Pearce (caretaker) (2012) • Hodgson (2012–16) • Allardyce (2016) • Southgate (2016–)

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club - Managers

Worrall (1877–85) · Addenbrooke (1885–1922) · Jobey (1922–24) · Hoskins (1924–26) · Scotchbrook (1926–27) · Buckley (1927–44) · Vizard (1944–48) · Cullis (1948–64) · Beattie (1964–65) · Allen (1965–68) · McGarry (1968–76) · Chung (1976–78) · Barnwell (1978–82) · Greaves (1982) · Hawkins (1982–84) · Docherty (1984–85) · McGarry (1985) · Chapman (1985–86) · Turner (1986–94) · Taylor (1994–95) · McGhee (1995–98) · Lee (1998–2000) · Jones (2001–04) · Hoddle (2004–06) · McCarthy (2006–12) · Connor (2012) · Solbakken (2012–13) · Saunders (2013) · Jackett (2013–16) · Zenga (2016–)

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England England
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England – UEFA Euro 1992

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