England manager who divided opinion

Graham Taylor
Graham Taylor

This week’s Archive Corner picture shows a contrite Graham Taylor.

The Worksop-born football manager was making his point to Watford fans during his first spell in charge of the club.

Taylor, 68, was born at Castle Farm in September 1944, the son of Bernard and Dorothy.

This picture appeared in a special Worksop Guardian publication to mark the millennium in 2000.

He is famous for being England manager, guiding them to the European Championships in 1992.

However a 2-1 defeat at the hands of hosts Sweden sparked fierce criticism.

England and Taylor parted company after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup finals in 1994.

His family moved to Scunthorpe when he was three, but used to come back to Worksop regularly on holiday to visit his grandparents.

He told us: “I had many happy times on those holidays, but two things in particular stick out in my mind - my grandad taking me to the allotments on his wheelbarrow and the wonderful, wonderful, Manfredi’s ice cream!”

He also watched Worksop Town with his grandaparents.

His dad was a sports reporter for the Scunthorpe Evening Telgraph and used to take him to games there.

After representing England at schoolboy level, Taylor played professionally with Grimsby and Lincoln before an injury cut short his career in 1972.

He became the youngest FA coach at just 21.

After managing Lincoln he moved to Watford, guiding them to the FA Cup Final in 1984, losing 2-0 to Everton.

He returned to Watford after his spell as England manager, taking them to the premiership.