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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.

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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Graham Taylor's death was 'totally unexpected'

Graham Taylor's death was 'unexpected' Credit: BPM media

Graham’s family have this afternoon released a short statement, explaining that the death was entirely unexpected:

With the greatest sadness, we have to announce that Graham passed away at his home early this morning of a suspected heart attack.

The family are devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss.

– Family statement

Sir Doug Ellis, former Villa owner and chairman, who brought Taylor to the club on both occasions, spoke of his shock at the news this afternoon:

We had five years working together very well. I am shocked, absolutely shocked.

He died in his sleep, apparently. I wasn’t aware he had any illness.

– Sir Doug Ellis

Sir Elton John pays tribute to former Midlands manager

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Sir Elton John has expressed his sadness via an Instagram post to the former Midlands manager Graham Taylor.

The pop star was Taylor's chairman at Watford during his time as manager.

He wrote: "I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Graham's passing. He was like a brother to me"

Wolves 'extremely saddened' over death of Graham Taylor

Wolverhampton Wanderers have said they are "extremely saddened" to head about the death of their former manager Graham Taylor.

He was appointed by Sir Jack Hayward in March 1994, replacing Graham Turned.

He took the Midlands club to fourth in Division One to qualify for the playoffs.

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Lincoln City pay tribute to former player and manager

In 1968, Taylor was bought by Lincoln for £4,000 and played 151 games for the Imps.

He captained the side before retiring in 1972 due to a serious hip injury.

Taylor then chose to pursue a long-held interest in coaching, having already qualified as the youngest-ever Football Association staff coach aged 21.

He took the manager's job at Lincoln and guided the club to the Fourth Division title in 1976.

Football world reacts to death of Graham Taylor

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