After taking over as manager of Watford, Graham Taylor once said, “I am not here just to build a team, but to build a club.” Graham Taylor was not a man who, at the first possible step up the road, would not be hung up on the tune of 'a train that only goes by once'. He would be attached to Watford over two periods, for fifteen years. A real shock when he suddenly died in 2017, at only 72 years old.
In no time at all, the Rous Stand was renamed the Graham Taylor Stand and a year after his death, the great manager received his finest tribute. On the corner of Vicarage Road and Occupation Road – right in front of the fan shop – a statue appeared for, as the caption reads, 'Watford's greatest ever manager'.
Recently, another memorial was added just down Vicarage Road. On a side wall of Cornerstone Church (on the corner of Vicarage Road and Banbury Street) appeared a beautiful mural of a laughing Graham Taylor in a Watford outfit, with a quote and the manager's signature on it.