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Graham Taylor was a former professional football player, manager, and chairman of Watford, where he was honorary life-president. Graham’s playing career took him from Scunthorpe United to Lincoln City via Grimsby Town, before he was forced to retire through injury at the age of 27. Next, Graham embarked on a successful managerial career. He began back at his old club Lincoln City, when in 1977 Watford owner, Elton John, appointed Taylor as the Hornets’ new manager. At Vicarage Road, Taylor led Watford from the Football League Fourth Division to the First Division in only five years, and in their debut season in the top flight, finished runners-up. Taylor also led Watford to the 1984 FA Cup Final before joining Aston Villa in 1987, securing their immediate return to the First Division. In 1990, Taylor became England manager before returns to Aston Villa and Watford, as well as short spell in charge of Wolves.

Graham was a Football Foundation Ambassador. Our Ambassadors support the Foundation's commitment to building better community sports facilities across the county, which support the health of the nation – its people, communities and economy.

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My role as Football Foundation Ambassador allows me to see the massive difference that these types of grassroots facilities make. They enable more and more people of all ages and abilities to enjoy playing football and many other sports purely for the love of it.

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