Funeral of Lincoln City legend Graham Taylor takes place today

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The football world will come to a standstill as ex-Lincoln City hero Graham Taylor’s funeral takes place today in Watford.

Taylor, who passed away suddenly aged 72 on January 12, played over 150 games for Lincoln City before managing them between 1972 and 1977, winning the Division Four back in the 1975/1976 season.

The funeral will be at St Mary’s church in Watford at 1pm and there will be a reception at Watford football club, where football stars past and present are expected to attend.

Taylor, who was born in Worksop and raised in Scunthorpe, went on to manage England for three years in the 90s after a successful spell at Watford where he guided the Hornets to four promotions in six seasons.

The family have stated there will be family flowers only and people should donate to the National Memorial Arboretum instead, the charity of Taylor’s choice.

Following the news of Taylor’s death, many left their condolences on The Lincolnite’s Facebook page.

Eric Farrington said: “Sad news, he was a legend in Lincoln, always will be remembered for that special season 975/76, RIP Graham.”

Rob Wilson posted: “A lovely bloke who had time for you. Used to chat to him whilst filling up my van for fuel at local garage! RIP Graham, a real gent!

John Newstead said: “Enormous effort to make it as a player to England manager. Lincoln City FC should be proud to have him associated with the clubs history.”

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