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Kevin Hogg

Dec 5, 2011
Altea, Spain
The " Watford Years" were an incredible serious of matches in the later 1970's that created an excitement and intensity of rivalry not matched since. Yet prior to Mr Taylor taking over at Vicarage Road, I am fairly certain they were just another "local...ish" club we crossed swords with across the years.
We had the two monumental promotion clashes in 77/78 which took on enough prominence for the away fixture to feature on Match Of The Day - despite being a basement tier game.
The following season - in addition to the league clashes - we had two memorable cup ties. Both clubs massively aware the reward was a home game with the Champions of Europe and the best club side in the world. Indeed an anniversary thread appeared on SZ this very week discussing the Liverpool match.
There was such a rivalry between the two sets of fans. That is probably enough detail on the day Mr Taylor passed away.

I believe that none of the incredible excitement, that created life-long memories. would have happened without Graham Taylor becoming manager of Watford and teaming up with Elton John.
If I am honest - Taylor, Elton and Watford FC gave Southend United the additional inspiration and desire to battle for the 4th Division title in 78 and the following year earn the biggest home match in our history. They brought the very best out of our club (and of course - the worst ; )).
Thanks for the memories Graham Taylor.