New Watford FC manager Graham Taylor given the tour of Vicarage Road by Elton John 37 years ago today

New Watford FC manager Graham Taylor given the tour of Vicarage Road by Elton John 37 years ago today

New Watford FC manager Graham Taylor given the tour of Vicarage Road by Elton John 37 years ago today

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Today marks the anniversary of the day in 1977 that Graham Taylor officially became the manager of Watford FC.

He was shown around Vicarage Road for the first time by club chairman Elton John, as shown in this picture.

For a full report on the day, including Taylor’s first interview as a Watford manager, don’t miss Friday’s Watford Observer.

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9:30am Tue 24 Jun 14

The Not-so-enlightened one says...

Ok, so now I do feel old! What a ride! 4 divisions in 5 years, Div. 1 runners up, cup final and Europe - happy days!
Ok, so now I do feel old! What a ride! 4 divisions in 5 years, Div. 1 runners up, cup final and Europe - happy days! The Not-so-enlightened one
  • Score: 25

9:52am Tue 24 Jun 14

TRT says...

Did he not like it?
Did he not like it? TRT
  • Score: 1

9:55am Tue 24 Jun 14

mkhornet says...

"And so it began!"
"And so it began!" mkhornet
  • Score: 9

9:59am Tue 24 Jun 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

The Not-so-enlightened one wrote:
Ok, so now I do feel old! What a ride! 4 divisions in 5 years, Div. 1 runners up, cup final and Europe - happy days!
You took the words out of my mouth
[quote][p][bold]The Not-so-enlightened one[/bold] wrote: Ok, so now I do feel old! What a ride! 4 divisions in 5 years, Div. 1 runners up, cup final and Europe - happy days![/p][/quote]You took the words out of my mouth Hornets number 12 fan
  • Score: 6

10:15am Tue 24 Jun 14

jasonwatford says...

Best days ever
Best days ever jasonwatford
  • Score: 14

10:34am Tue 24 Jun 14

craig239 says...

What an amazing choice. Don t know who was responsible but boy what a great recruitment
What an amazing choice. Don t know who was responsible but boy what a great recruitment craig239
  • Score: 13

10:39am Tue 24 Jun 14

Horns24 says...

Anyone else think he sold out a bit with the cider advert?
Anyone else think he sold out a bit with the cider advert? Horns24
  • Score: -11

10:42am Tue 24 Jun 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Hornets number 12 fan wrote:
The Not-so-enlightened one wrote:
Ok, so now I do feel old! What a ride! 4 divisions in 5 years, Div. 1 runners up, cup final and Europe - happy days!
You took the words out of my mouth
First season I started watching them. 8th before the first game I saw (Darlington), 4th before the second game (Bournemouth) and top afterwards and for the rest of the season. It was all down to me.
[quote][p][bold]Hornets number 12 fan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Not-so-enlightened one[/bold] wrote: Ok, so now I do feel old! What a ride! 4 divisions in 5 years, Div. 1 runners up, cup final and Europe - happy days![/p][/quote]You took the words out of my mouth[/p][/quote]First season I started watching them. 8th before the first game I saw (Darlington), 4th before the second game (Bournemouth) and top afterwards and for the rest of the season. It was all down to me. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 7

10:44am Tue 24 Jun 14

gasguzzler says...

Isn't it time we moved on from these pointless ancient historical articles about WFC ?

I'd like to witness some success now and not have to drown on about how great things were for a short period during the last century.

It's similar to the England debacle.
Isn't it time we moved on from these pointless ancient historical articles about WFC ? I'd like to witness some success now and not have to drown on about how great things were for a short period during the last century. It's similar to the England debacle. gasguzzler
  • Score: -62

10:45am Tue 24 Jun 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

"By David Crozier, Nostalgia Editor "
I remember the days before had a nostalgia editor, it was a simpler time, programmes were 25p, the Main Stand was where the posh rich people sat, we wore scarves not shirts, ....
"By David Crozier, Nostalgia Editor " I remember the days before had a nostalgia editor, it was a simpler time, programmes were 25p, the Main Stand was where the posh rich people sat, we wore scarves not shirts, .... Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 7

11:16am Tue 24 Jun 14

warrenhornet says...

best days of my football life me and my late dad loved every second of it .
best days of my football life me and my late dad loved every second of it . warrenhornet
  • Score: 9

11:33am Tue 24 Jun 14

Retlas says...

I remember buying the 'Echo' and reading that Graham had been appointed and not Bobby Moore.
I thought Graham who? but what an inspired choice by Elton and whoever advised him!!
I remember buying the 'Echo' and reading that Graham had been appointed and not Bobby Moore. I thought Graham who? but what an inspired choice by Elton and whoever advised him!! Retlas
  • Score: 11

11:39am Tue 24 Jun 14

bowzer says...

I bet Les shouted at them when he saw them on his tools and his pitch
I bet Les shouted at them when he saw them on his tools and his pitch bowzer
  • Score: 17

12:27pm Tue 24 Jun 14

gloryhornet4 says...

craig239 wrote:
What an amazing choice. Don t know who was responsible but boy what a great recruitment
Elton said he asked Don Revie's recommendation for an up and coming young manager. Revie said Graham Taylor at Lincoln.

I lived in Lincoln and left there at the time GT left and Bassett came in. Although 10 years after he had left Lincoln he was still being talked about. He coached local youngsters for years before he became their manager. He had lots of Lincoln kids playing football that may otherwise not been playing at all, he was that infectious.

After a narrow league cup defeat against a side a couple of divisions higher he went to see some fans outside the ground to talk about the game and said why he thought Lincoln had lost, and was apologetic about it.

He lost his first 9 games as manager. 4 seasons later Lincoln were debt free and with money in the bank and running away with the 4th Div title. He has always hated spending money unless he was sure it was going to be a good investment.

The greatest manager of all time, bar none. Fergie and Jose bought their success, Sir Graham earned it.
[quote][p][bold]craig239[/bold] wrote: What an amazing choice. Don t know who was responsible but boy what a great recruitment[/p][/quote]Elton said he asked Don Revie's recommendation for an up and coming young manager. Revie said Graham Taylor at Lincoln. I lived in Lincoln and left there at the time GT left and Bassett came in. Although 10 years after he had left Lincoln he was still being talked about. He coached local youngsters for years before he became their manager. He had lots of Lincoln kids playing football that may otherwise not been playing at all, he was that infectious. After a narrow league cup defeat against a side a couple of divisions higher he went to see some fans outside the ground to talk about the game and said why he thought Lincoln had lost, and was apologetic about it. He lost his first 9 games as manager. 4 seasons later Lincoln were debt free and with money in the bank and running away with the 4th Div title. He has always hated spending money unless he was sure it was going to be a good investment. The greatest manager of all time, bar none. Fergie and Jose bought their success, Sir Graham earned it. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 37

12:32pm Tue 24 Jun 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Retlas wrote:
I remember buying the 'Echo' and reading that Graham had been appointed and not Bobby Moore.
I thought Graham who? but what an inspired choice by Elton and whoever advised him!!
I knew who Graham Taylor was as we got thumped twice 5-1 and 3-1 by his Lincoln City who run away with the 4th Div and narrowly missed back to back promotions. Something he did twice at Watford of course.

I sent the WO page to my brother in the States adding that we had got ourselves a brill manager.
[quote][p][bold]Retlas[/bold] wrote: I remember buying the 'Echo' and reading that Graham had been appointed and not Bobby Moore. I thought Graham who? but what an inspired choice by Elton and whoever advised him!![/p][/quote]I knew who Graham Taylor was as we got thumped twice 5-1 and 3-1 by his Lincoln City who run away with the 4th Div and narrowly missed back to back promotions. Something he did twice at Watford of course. I sent the WO page to my brother in the States adding that we had got ourselves a brill manager. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 11

12:43pm Tue 24 Jun 14

gloryhornet4 says...

gasguzzler wrote:
Isn't it time we moved on from these pointless ancient historical articles about WFC ?

I'd like to witness some success now and not have to drown on about how great things were for a short period during the last century.

It's similar to the England debacle.
Maybe we could have two types of awards for scribes to this site.

A Golden Hornet mounted like an Oscar for good posts.

For the miserable kn*bs a Plaster of Paris Bell End.
[quote][p][bold]gasguzzler[/bold] wrote: Isn't it time we moved on from these pointless ancient historical articles about WFC ? I'd like to witness some success now and not have to drown on about how great things were for a short period during the last century. It's similar to the England debacle.[/p][/quote]Maybe we could have two types of awards for scribes to this site. A Golden Hornet mounted like an Oscar for good posts. For the miserable kn*bs a Plaster of Paris Bell End. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 17

12:49pm Tue 24 Jun 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Horns24 wrote:
Anyone else think he sold out a bit with the cider advert?
Not at all.

Media exposure is always good for getting punditry jobs, autobiographies and after dinner speaking roles.

Look at the late Eric Morecambe - 4 lame jokes - paper bag, two fat hairy legs, you can't see the join, and the lamest of them all - references to L*t*n Town gave him a 40 year career.
[quote][p][bold]Horns24[/bold] wrote: Anyone else think he sold out a bit with the cider advert?[/p][/quote]Not at all. Media exposure is always good for getting punditry jobs, autobiographies and after dinner speaking roles. Look at the late Eric Morecambe - 4 lame jokes - paper bag, two fat hairy legs, you can't see the join, and the lamest of them all - references to L*t*n Town gave him a 40 year career. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 12

3:02pm Tue 24 Jun 14

longcliffe says...

Do I not like that!!!!
Do I not like that!!!! longcliffe
  • Score: -5

6:34pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Paul Gadd says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
Horns24 wrote:
Anyone else think he sold out a bit with the cider advert?
Not at all.

Media exposure is always good for getting punditry jobs, autobiographies and after dinner speaking roles.

Look at the late Eric Morecambe - 4 lame jokes - paper bag, two fat hairy legs, you can't see the join, and the lamest of them all - references to L*t*n Town gave him a 40 year career.
I can see how references to Scum Town would have kept people laughing for 40 years!
I'm still laughing about a certain D Pleat & a red light...
COYH!
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Horns24[/bold] wrote: Anyone else think he sold out a bit with the cider advert?[/p][/quote]Not at all. Media exposure is always good for getting punditry jobs, autobiographies and after dinner speaking roles. Look at the late Eric Morecambe - 4 lame jokes - paper bag, two fat hairy legs, you can't see the join, and the lamest of them all - references to L*t*n Town gave him a 40 year career.[/p][/quote]I can see how references to Scum Town would have kept people laughing for 40 years! I'm still laughing about a certain D Pleat & a red light... COYH! Paul Gadd
  • Score: 1

7:55pm Tue 24 Jun 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Paul Gadd wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
Horns24 wrote:
Anyone else think he sold out a bit with the cider advert?
Not at all.

Media exposure is always good for getting punditry jobs, autobiographies and after dinner speaking roles.

Look at the late Eric Morecambe - 4 lame jokes - paper bag, two fat hairy legs, you can't see the join, and the lamest of them all - references to L*t*n Town gave him a 40 year career.
I can see how references to Scum Town would have kept people laughing for 40 years!
I'm still laughing about a certain D Pleat & a red light...
COYH!
You will like Southampton's former boss Lawrie McMenemy's comments on Radio 5 many years ago about Luton.

Along the lines of (not direct quote) -

Everyone hates Luton. Their bl00dy awful Subuteo pitch, their awful ground and their awful Tory MP Chairman David Evans spouts nonsense about football supporters - (to please Thatcher). A holier than thou attitude by banning away supporters.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Gadd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Horns24[/bold] wrote: Anyone else think he sold out a bit with the cider advert?[/p][/quote]Not at all. Media exposure is always good for getting punditry jobs, autobiographies and after dinner speaking roles. Look at the late Eric Morecambe - 4 lame jokes - paper bag, two fat hairy legs, you can't see the join, and the lamest of them all - references to L*t*n Town gave him a 40 year career.[/p][/quote]I can see how references to Scum Town would have kept people laughing for 40 years! I'm still laughing about a certain D Pleat & a red light... COYH![/p][/quote]You will like Southampton's former boss Lawrie McMenemy's comments on Radio 5 many years ago about Luton. Along the lines of (not direct quote) - Everyone hates Luton. Their bl00dy awful Subuteo pitch, their awful ground and their awful Tory MP Chairman David Evans spouts nonsense about football supporters - (to please Thatcher). A holier than thou attitude by banning away supporters. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 8

10:30pm Tue 24 Jun 14

bornyellow says...

two of the greatest men ever....
two of the greatest men ever.... bornyellow
  • Score: 2

9:35pm Wed 25 Jun 14

3.45 t-crew says...

Paul Gadd wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
Horns24 wrote:
Anyone else think he sold out a bit with the cider advert?
Not at all.

Media exposure is always good for getting punditry jobs, autobiographies and after dinner speaking roles.

Look at the late Eric Morecambe - 4 lame jokes - paper bag, two fat hairy legs, you can't see the join, and the lamest of them all - references to L*t*n Town gave him a 40 year career.
I can see how references to Scum Town would have kept people laughing for 40 years!
I'm still laughing about a certain D Pleat & a red light...
COYH!
how do you tell a prostitute in L*t^n?? it will normally have a pleat in its skirt.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Gadd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Horns24[/bold] wrote: Anyone else think he sold out a bit with the cider advert?[/p][/quote]Not at all. Media exposure is always good for getting punditry jobs, autobiographies and after dinner speaking roles. Look at the late Eric Morecambe - 4 lame jokes - paper bag, two fat hairy legs, you can't see the join, and the lamest of them all - references to L*t*n Town gave him a 40 year career.[/p][/quote]I can see how references to Scum Town would have kept people laughing for 40 years! I'm still laughing about a certain D Pleat & a red light... COYH![/p][/quote]how do you tell a prostitute in L*t^n?? it will normally have a pleat in its skirt. 3.45 t-crew
  • Score: 2

3:06am Thu 26 Jun 14

watford sheeple says...

Elton john really opened a lot of peoples mouths when this happened and I know I met him I was so happy I got drunk really drunk and I must have fallen over or something because I could not sit down for a week , when I woke up I saw Elton just grining at me saying don't worry there is a first time for everone what a nice bloke I remember we had dinner first time I saw a **** and mash with peas my dad hatted faggots but said there not to bad when you close your eyes and don't look at them my mate said the thought of having a **** in his mouth made him sick but its not as bad as you think its pork I think because Elton said just b4 I fell asleep drunk he couldn't wait for me to tast his pork and mash and peas , well what a great occasion thanks everyone and we must try to remember the good times like these :
Elton john really opened a lot of peoples mouths when this happened and I know I met him I was so happy I got drunk really drunk and I must have fallen over or something because I could not sit down for a week , when I woke up I saw Elton just grining at me saying don't worry there is a first time for everone what a nice bloke I remember we had dinner first time I saw a **** and mash with peas my dad hatted faggots but said there not to bad when you close your eyes and don't look at them my mate said the thought of having a **** in his mouth made him sick but its not as bad as you think its pork I think because Elton said just b4 I fell asleep drunk he couldn't wait for me to tast his pork and mash and peas , well what a great occasion thanks everyone and we must try to remember the good times like these : watford sheeple
  • Score: 0

11:32pm Thu 26 Jun 14

gloryhornet4 says...

watford sheeple wrote:
Elton john really opened a lot of peoples mouths when this happened and I know I met him I was so happy I got drunk really drunk and I must have fallen over or something because I could not sit down for a week , when I woke up I saw Elton just grining at me saying don't worry there is a first time for everone what a nice bloke I remember we had dinner first time I saw a **** and mash with peas my dad hatted faggots but said there not to bad when you close your eyes and don't look at them my mate said the thought of having a **** in his mouth made him sick but its not as bad as you think its pork I think because Elton said just b4 I fell asleep drunk he couldn't wait for me to tast his pork and mash and peas , well what a great occasion thanks everyone and we must try to remember the good times like these :
a post well deserving of a plaster bell end.
[quote][p][bold]watford sheeple[/bold] wrote: Elton john really opened a lot of peoples mouths when this happened and I know I met him I was so happy I got drunk really drunk and I must have fallen over or something because I could not sit down for a week , when I woke up I saw Elton just grining at me saying don't worry there is a first time for everone what a nice bloke I remember we had dinner first time I saw a **** and mash with peas my dad hatted faggots but said there not to bad when you close your eyes and don't look at them my mate said the thought of having a **** in his mouth made him sick but its not as bad as you think its pork I think because Elton said just b4 I fell asleep drunk he couldn't wait for me to tast his pork and mash and peas , well what a great occasion thanks everyone and we must try to remember the good times like these :[/p][/quote]a post well deserving of a plaster bell end. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 2

9:28pm Sat 28 Jun 14

bornyellow says...

we should have a stand for sir Elton....and be grateful for his massive contribution..man utd did it for sir matt busby..
we should have a stand for sir Elton....and be grateful for his massive contribution..man utd did it for sir matt busby.. bornyellow
  • Score: 0

4:55pm Thu 3 Jul 14

exeterhornet says...

I remember looking in to the skies to the west/ southwest of Potters Bar and seeing a bright new star. I opened my window to hear choirs of angels and just knew something special was about to happen in Hertfordshire. The rest, as they say, is history.
I remember looking in to the skies to the west/ southwest of Potters Bar and seeing a bright new star. I opened my window to hear choirs of angels and just knew something special was about to happen in Hertfordshire. The rest, as they say, is history. exeterhornet
  • Score: 0

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