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Graham Taylor carried in patriotic coffin in front of fans

The former England manager's coffin was draped in the Union flag. Credit: PA

Thousands of Watford supporters have gathered in the town to pay respects to former England manager Graham Taylor at his funeral.

Thousands of Watford fans turned out to pay their respects to the club's most celebrated manager. Credit: PA
The supporters gathered behind barriers opposite St Mary's Church. Credit: PA

Football figures join mourners at Graham Taylor's funeral

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson attended with his son Darren. Credit: PA

Leading figures from English football have arrived to pay their respects to ex-England manager Graham Taylor in Watford as Hornets fans turned out to honour the club legend.

The former Watford and Aston Villa boss died suddenly last month of a suspected heart attack at the age of 72.

Former Watford stars Luther Blissett and John Barnes arrived to honour the man who led Watford from the fourth division to the first. Credit: ITV News
Sir Trevor Brooking and Pat Rice arrived alongside around 450 others at St Mary's Church. Credit: PA
BBC commentator John Motson also paid tribute to Graham Taylor, who became a respected broadcaster after retiring from the sport. Credit: PA

Watford to come to a standstill for Graham Taylor's funeral

Widespread tributes were paid to Graham Taylor following his unexpected death last month. Credit: PA

Thousands of people are expected to turn out to join leading football figures in paying their respects to Graham Taylor at the ex-England manager's funeral.

The former Watford and Aston Villa boss died suddenly last month of a suspected heart attack at the age of 72.

Several streets will be closed in Watford ahead of the 1pm service at St Mary's Church before a private family committal later in the day.

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