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.
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Graham Taylor became the first Villa manager to be appointed for a second time.Read the full story ›
Claudio Ranieri on Graham Taylor: “It’s very sad news. I want to give my condolences to his family and all the footballing world.”
Very saddened to learn of the passing of former England manager Graham Taylor.
Extremely saddened to hear the news that Graham Taylor has passed away. Genuinely kind and funny man, condolences to his family and friends.
#SCFC extends sincere condolences to the family of former England manager Graham Taylor following his death. May he rest in peace.
Sad news about Graham Taylor . Had so much respect for him . Gave me my premier league debut and I will always be thankful .
Devastated to hear the news Graham Taylor has passed away. Greatest influence on my career. My condolences to Rita and family
Taylor earned the national team job after heroics at Watford and Aston Villa but was sacked after failing to qualify for the 1994 World Cup.Read the full story ›
He became a legendary figure at Villa after leading them from Division Two to runners up in Division One in the late 1980s.Read the full story ›
Aston Villa are still waiting to discover if their bid for Henri Lansbury will be accepted.
A £3million offer for the Nottingham Forest captain remains on the table as Steve Bruce looks to revamp his squad.
Midfielder Lansbury is out of contract in the summer and was not included in Forest's squad to face Wigan in the FA Cup on Saturday because of a hamstring injury.
Derby are also reportedly interested in the former Arsenal youngster, who has 19 appearances for Forest this season and joined from the Gunners in 2012.
Bruce is looking to revive his squad after replacing Roberto Di Matteo in October but will not allow Ross McCormack to go out on loan after Villa paid Fulham £12million for the striker in the summer.
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The FA is investigating Aston Villa and Leicester City's links to a former scout who was jailed for abusing boys in the 70s and 80s.Read the full story ›
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