Sad News – However Graham Taylor Left His Personal Mark On Football.

IMG_1685 graham taylorIt was sad news indeed last week when Graham Taylor, the former Manager of England, Aston Villa The Wolves & Watford was reported as passing away.

Since then there has been a whole range of people making trips into their past and rightly speaking of their memories of this very decent man.

I met him a number of times over the years at functions, right across the West Midlands.

But here is the day that I remember most, when Sir Jack Hayward opened the news Wolves Training Ground in November 2005. Sir Jack was full of praise for Graham Taylor on that day. Insisting it was his vision that led to the training ground plans being drawn up.

Here is the press cutting from that day and a photograph with myself and Sir Jack Hayward talking with Graham Taylor.

Like many thousands of people I thought Graham Taylor was a polite and gifted Football Manager and he certainly left his personal mark on football. I know he will be remembered fondly here in the West Midlands, and that is I hope a degree of comfort for his wife and family.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more