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Graham Taylor to be honoured by London Midland

Watford FC legend Graham Taylor is to be honoured by train service provider London Midland, by naming a train after him.

The former Watford, Aston Villa and England manager died suddenly back in January from a heart attack, aged 72.

And London Midland are recognising the man who led Watford to four promotions in five years on June 2 at platform 10 of Watford Junction.

Steve Helfet, head of West Coast services at London Midland, said: “Graham played such an influential role at football clubs across the length and breadth of the country, not least here in Watford. We wanted to do something special for the local community and dedicate one of our trains to his memory.

“The train will be fitted with a commemorative name plate and will be running past many of the locations that were so important in Graham’s career, both on the West Coast main line and in the West Midlands.

“We hope that passengers travelling on this train in the future will take a few moments to remember Graham, a true football hero.”

Scott Duxbury, chairman at Watford Football Club, said: “London Midland’s respectful suggestion about Graham was put to his family for approval and we’re delighted they accepted this offer.

“Alongside other planned tributes, this gesture is a mark of just how widely Graham’s work and warm personality were appreciated across our town.”

Picture courtesy of Alan Cozzi

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