GT Tributes | Watford Fans

Watford fans united as one to pay their respects to the late, great Graham Taylor at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon, with tributes paid to GT throughout the day.

Messages, shirts and flowers were all placed at the top of Vicarage Road despite the rain, while the Rookery Stand marked the occasion with a spectacular display prior to kick-off. 

Following the clash against Middlesbrough, watch the above video to hear from a number of fans who shared some of their favourite memories of Graham with the watfordfc.com cameras. 


GT Tribute | Troy Deeney

It spoke volumes for the high esteem in which Graham Taylor is held that Troy Deeney, long after training had finished and his teammates had gone home, navigated the rush-hour Watford traffic on an arctic afternoon to head down to Vicarage Road and pay tribute to the club legend who sadly died on Thursday.

In the backdrop of The Graham Taylor Stand, Deeney spoke with genuine, heartfelt affection about how GT had touched not only his life, but that of his grandfather.

"It's a massive shock," said the club captain. "I saw him at the [reopening of the] Meriden Community Centre before Christmas. He was in good spirits then and every time I have met him and had the pleasure of being in his presence, he's been a great guy. He was always bubbly and lived and breathed football."

Having played and lived in both the Midlands and Hertfordshire, Deeney is perfectly placed to assess the impact that Graham had as both manager of Watford and Aston Villa and Wolves.

"My grandad was a Villa fan and he loved Graham Taylor," said Deeney. "He actually stopped his season ticket [at Villa] when Graham Taylor left, so he's been part of my family for a long, long time. It's massive loss for the town and a massive loss for football in general. I don't think I have enough words to express the gratitude and respect Watford Football Club has for him."

Deeney is the leader of this team and you suspect he'll be outlining to the players in the dressing room just before kick-off just what GT means to this club and the significance of the occasion against Middlesbrough.

"We've just got to make sure we do him proud," said Deeney. "The fans will be up for it. Hopefully his family will be at the game and hopefully we can show them how much we respected him. We will have a word [with the squad] and let them know just how big this is for the town. Football is just a game and this is bigger than that."

Deeney & Taylor at the recent reopening of the Meriden Community Centre

You can read the official club statement on Thursday's sad events, and view some tributes from fans and former Hornets below.

Club Statement