Graham Taylor In His Own Words: The autobiography (Hardback)Graham Taylor (author)
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“Graham spent two years working on his book and it was very important to him to tell the story of his life and career the way he wanted to. As his family, we are so pleased that it has been possible to complete the book. We are very happy with it and we know Graham would have been proud of it too.” - Rita Taylor
The book covers Taylor’s playing days at Grimsby Town and Lincoln City and his development into one of the best young club managers in the country, first with the Imps and then with Elton John’s Watford, who he guided from the Fourth Division to the top flight in a remarkable five-season run.
An equally successful spell at Aston Villa, where he came close to winning the league title, led to his appointment as England manager in 1990. The failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup and the impact the subsequent press mockery had on his family proved to be the biggest disappointment of his career, although he restored his reputation as a great club manager with a second spell at Watford.
In His Own Words tells the story of a life and career spent working with the people and the game he loved. It is an intimate and affectionate depiction of how English football changed during the forty years of his career, and a lasting portrait of a man whose humour and decent values saw him cherished by so many.
Graham Taylor was born in Worksop in 1944, but grew up in Scunthorpe because his father got a job as a sports reporter for the town’s local newspaper. A prolific goalscorer as a junior footballer, he was offered a professional contract by Grimsby Town and owed his playing career to a successful conversion from centre-forward to full-back.
He was the youngest person to qualify as an FA coach and became a hugely successful club manager at Lincoln City, Watford and Aston Villa before stepping into the England hot seat. When the national team missed out on qualification for the 1994 World Cup, Taylor tendered his resignation, but within six months he was drawn back to management with a brief spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A second period of great success followed at Watford before a return to Villa and his eventual retirement from management in 2003. He carried on working in football, chiefly as part of BBC 5Live’s commentary team. Taylor died in Kings Langley on 12 January 2017.
Publisher: Peloton Publishing Ltd
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