​Watford have confirmed plans to commemorate former manager Graham Taylor with a statue.


Taylor passed away earlier this year due to a suspected heart attack, and the club have ​confirmed a statue will be commissioned after Taylor's family gave their blessing. 


"With the blessing of Graham Taylor’s family, Watford FC will move forward with two significant tributes to the late Graham Taylor OBE," the club confirmed in a statement on their ​website.

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"A statue of Graham is to be commissioned and sited at the stadium, with its location to be agreed with Graham’s family and Watford Borough Council.


"In addition, a pre-season tribute fixture – which is expected to become an annual opportunity to remember Watford’s greatest-ever manager – will be arranged to take place at Vicarage Road Stadium ahead of the Hornets’ 2017/18 campaign.

"Watford FC is pleased to confirm that it will engage with fans’ representatives to ensure that supporters play a lead role alongside the club in bringing the statue to life. Again, Graham’s family are very supportive of these actions."


The exact location and details of the design are yet to be announced.


Taylor took Watford from the Fourth Division of English football to a second-placed finish in just five seasons. He also took the club to a first ever FA Cup final, a 2-0 loss to Everton in 1984, and also helped the Hornets qualify for European football.

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