GT Tributes | Fans, Players & Clubs

When the saddest of news broke yesterday afternoon that Honorary Life-President and former Hornets' Manager Graham Taylor had passed away, Watford fans and former players began paying tribute to a man whose contribution to this club can never be overstated. 

Below is but a small selection of messages from social media remembering Graham, and the effect he had on the Watford family. 

If you would like to contribute, use the hashtag #thankyouGT on social media for use on the big screen at Vicarage Road during Saturday's Middlesbrough fixture.

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First Team 13/01/2017

Cleverley | "I Jumped At The Chance To Come Back"

Despite only spending one season on loan with Watford early in his career, for the returning Tom Cleverley, Vicarage Road was the only place he wanted to go upon leaving Goodison Park. 

The 27-year-old previously spent a successful loan spell with the Hornets during the 2009/10 Championship season, scoring 11 goals in his 35 appearances and scooping the prestigious Player of the Season award. 

It is a mark of how highly Cleverley regarded the Watford faithful and the esteem he was held in by them, that despite acknowledging he did have offers from other clubs, it was an easy decision to sign for Walter Mazzarri's men on an initial six-month loan deal. 

"Obviously I wasn’t playing as much as I wanted to at Everton so when Watford came calling I jumped at the chance to come down here," he told watfordfc.com

"I spoke to a couple of clubs but I’ve got so many good memories here and want to make so many more, so hopefully I can hit the ground running."

"I remember scoring some great away goals, scoring at home and I think I was the first one to get to Lloyd when he scored his goal!

"So many great memories at this club and hopefully I can make some more now."

Click HERE for the full details of Cleverley's move to the Hornets and HERE for a factfile of his career to date. 

When you spend over £30 at The Hornets Shop this weekend you will receive a free Watford FC 2017 Annual! (subject to availability, offer starts Friday Jan 13 9am, and ends Sunday Jan 15 11.59pm). 

Drop-in to the Hornets Shop ahead of kick-off or after full-time on Saturday (Jan 14 v Middlesbrough) or if you can’t make the game, don't fret, you can still take advantage by shopping online now at thehornetsshop.co.uk.