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Date
05/10/2010
Subject
Football honours Graham Taylor
Graham Taylor Wins Community Award
Press release

The National Football Museum honoured former England team manager, Graham Taylor, at its Football Hall of Fame dinner in Manchester in September.  Taylor received the Football Foundation Community Champion Award for his unstinting service to the game.


A player, manager and now sports journalist whose career has spanned several years since he first signed for Grimsby Town in 1962.  An unusual move for a sixth form grammar school pupil which did not win the approval of his teachers!  
He later moved to Lincoln City retiring in 1972 because of a hip injury.


In 1977, 32 year old Graham was hired by Elton John as manager of Watford.  It was here that he shone and led the team from the Fourth to the First Division in just four years and to the FA Cup Final in 1984.  He then took Aston Villa back to top flight football, becoming England manager in 1990.


Graham is now an ambassador for the Football Foundation and for Chance to Shine, a programme run by the Cricket Foundation.  In these roles he has been a passionate advocate in the media of the need to support both football and cricket at grass roots level.


 He is also a celebrity patron of Sense, a charity for deafblind youngsters for whom he has worked tirelessly to raise funds, which included running the London Marathon.


Paul Thorogood, CEO of the Football Foundation, who presented the award, said: “Graham is the perfect choice for this prestigious award.  He regularly visits community projects and the dedication and enthusiasm he demonstrates to youngsters and volunteers is impressive.


“I am delighted that his peers in the game have selected him for this rightful recognition as the Football Foundation Community Champion.’


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