New road named after Lincoln football legend Graham Taylor

The late Graham Taylor, who played for and managed Lincoln, will see a new road in the Ermine area of the city named after him during a ceremony next week.

Graham Taylor Way is one of two new roads running through a development of 88 homes off Ingleby Crescent. The other new road will be called Imp Close.

Former Lincoln City manager and player, Graham Taylor

Friends and family of former England boss Graham, who died in January 2017, will join representatives from City of Lincoln Council, Lincoln City FC, Waterloo Housing and Lindum for a treat naming ceremony at the site on Monday, October 22.

Lincoln City chief executive Liam Scully, vice chairman Roger Bates and a number of former Imps who played under Graham, who made around 150 appearances for the club, are expected to attend the ceremony.

The other new road will be called Imp close. Photo: Lindum

Graham’s widow Rita Taylor will plant an oak tree at the entrance of the development and will unveil the new street signs bearing her late husband’s name.

The ceremony will also mark the completion of two years of building work at the site by Lindum on behalf of Waterloo Homes, which has seen construction of 14 one-bedroomed flats, four one-bedroomed houses, 34 two-bedroomed houses, 28 three-bedroomed houses and eight four-bedroomed houses.

The City of Lincoln Council will take ownership of 74 homes on the site, which it will offer to people on its housing waiting list.

A development of 88 homes off Ingleby Crescent on the Ermine estate. Photo: Lindum

Councillor Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Quality Housing at City of Lincoln Council, said: “We have been working with Lindum Group and Waterloo Housing on a significant new build development programme which, by the beginning of next year, will have seen more than 170 new council properties fill a housing void in the city.

“On Monday, we will not only be celebrating the development of these properties, but we will be remembering the late Lincoln City FC player and manager, Graham Taylor, through the naming of a new street in his honour on a new Ermine development.

“The introduction of the properties on the newly named Graham Taylor Way is just part of a wider new build programme by City of Lincoln Council as we work toward the Vision 2020 target of 400 new council and affordable homes by 2020.”

In a statement Lincoln City said: “Lincoln City Football Club are proud to be able to play a small part in what is a wonderful new housing development for the City. To have one of the football club’s and City’s greatest ever sporting icons honoured in such a way is a fantastic honour.

“Graham is remembered fondly by everyone at the football club and for Lindum, Waterloo Housing and the City of Lincoln Council to come together and name the new development after him, it serves not only as a lasting legacy for his work at the football club both as a player and a manager, it’s also an indication of the positivity he brought to the whole City and its people.”