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Minute's applause to be held at Midlands derby

Graham Taylor died of a heart attack on Thursday Credit: PA

Wolves and Villa fans will hold a minute's applause in memory of Graham Taylor ahead of tomorrow's Midlands derby.

The 72-year-old, who managed both clubs, died of a heart attack on Thursday.

Villa and Wolves players from past and present will lay flowers prior to kickoff and fans will be invited to take part in a minute's applause.

The flags at Molineux have been flying at half mast since news of Taylor's untimely death broke.

A four-page tribute will be included within Saturday's match day programme.

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Appeal for clubs to stage tribute to Graham Taylor

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The English Football League is appealing for clubs to stage a minute's applause this weekend to honour popular Midlands manager Graham Taylor, who died at the age of 72.

The ex-Aston Villa manager died of a suspected heart attack at his home on Thursday.

Clubs will have the option of wearing black armbands in his memory ahead of the weekend's fixtures.

Tributes have been pouring in from across the football and entertainment world.

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Northampton Town move for right-back Eardley

Neal Eardley could make his debut against Scunthorpe on Saturday. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed experienced defender Neal Eardley to help ease their injury crisis.

The Cobblers are currently short of options at right-back due to a succession of injuries to players in that position, and have now brought in Eardley on a deal until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old has moved to Sixfields on a free transfer after his contract at Scottish club Hibernian expired.

Eardley has previously played in the Premier League for Blackpool and has 16 senior caps for Wales to his name.

With the Cobblers currently without a manager following the sacking of Rob Page earlier this week, the move was sanctioned by Chief Executive James Whiting.

With Brendan Moloney and Aaron Phillips currently unavailable through injury and Paul Anderson also sustaining an injury last weekend it become a priority to sign a right back ahead of this weekend’s game.

– James Whiting, Northampton Town Chief Executive
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