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Abuse victim accuses ex-England football manager of cover-up

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London (AFP) – An abuse victim on Wednesday accused late England football manager Graham Taylor of telling him to sweep his warnings about a paedophile coach “under the carpet”.

Tony Brien said he was abused as a child by Ted Langford, a football scout who was jailed in 2007 for sexually abusing four young players in the 1970s and 1980s.

Abuse victim accuses ex-England football manager of cover-up

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London (AFP) – An abuse victim on Wednesday accused late England football manager Graham Taylor of telling him to sweep his warnings about a paedophile coach “under the carpet”.

Tony Brien said he was abused as a child by Ted Langford, a football scout who was jailed in 2007 for sexually abusing four young players in the 1970s and 1980s.

Watford to face Villa in Taylor tribute

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London (AFP) – Watford will salute their former manager Graham Taylor, who died earlier this year, with a memorial friendly against Aston Villa on July 29.

Taylor’s passing in January at the age of 72 sparked tributes from across the world of football and Watford have decided to play an annual pre-season fixture for the ‘Graham Taylor Trophy’ against other teams coached by the former England boss.

Watford to face Villa in Taylor tribute

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London (AFP) – Watford will salute their former manager Graham Taylor, who died earlier this year, with a memorial friendly against Aston Villa on July 29.

Taylor’s passing in January at the age of 72 sparked tributes from across the world of football and Watford have decided to play an annual pre-season fixture for the ‘Graham Taylor Trophy’ against other teams coached by the former England boss.

Elton John leads tributes at funeral of former England football manager Graham Taylor

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) Music star Elton John said Graham Taylor was the "most honest and open man I'd ever met" as tributes were paid to the former England manager at his funeral in Watford on Wednesday.

Taylor, who made his reputation as manager of Watford and had spells in charge of Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers, died on January 12 aged 72 after a suspected heart attack.

Elton John leads tributes at funeral of former England football manager Graham Taylor

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) Music star Elton John said Graham Taylor was the "most honest and open man I'd ever met" as tributes were paid to the former England manager at his funeral in Watford on Wednesday.

Taylor, who made his reputation as manager of Watford and had spells in charge of Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers, died on January 12 aged 72 after a suspected heart attack.

Watford held after emotional Taylor tribute

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) Watford fans paid an emotional tribute to Graham Taylor after the death of their former manager, but their team couldn't match that fitting send-off in a dour 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Taylor passed away on Thursday at the age of 72 after suffering a suspected heart attack and the club where he made his name did him proud with moving tributes before the Premier League clash at Vicarage Road.

Watford held after emotional Taylor tribute

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) Watford fans paid an emotional tribute to Graham Taylor after the death of their former manager, but their team couldn't match that fitting send-off in a dour 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Taylor passed away on Thursday at the age of 72 after suffering a suspected heart attack and the club where he made his name did him proud with moving tributes before the Premier League clash at Vicarage Road.

Watford fans honour late England manager Taylor

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) Watford fans paid a heartfelt tribute to their former manager Graham Taylor prior to Saturday's Premier League home game with Middlesbrough.

Taylor, who also managed England from 1990 to 1993, died aged 72 on Thursday following a heart attack.

He led Watford from the fourth tier to the top division during the first of his two spells as manager and there were emotional scenes at Vicarage Road as fans remembered him.

Graham Taylor, tabloid target and England statesman

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London (AFP) Graham Taylor, who died aged 72 on Thursday, was Watford's greatest manager and overcame a turbulent period as England boss to become one of English football's most fondly regarded figures.

Over 10 years, Taylor guided Watford from the Fourth Division to a second-place finish in England's top tier and an FA Cup final appearance.

Graham Taylor, tabloid target and England statesman

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London (AFP) Graham Taylor, who died aged 72 on Thursday, was Watford's greatest manager and overcame a turbulent period as England boss to become one of English football's most fondly regarded figures.

Over 10 years, Taylor guided Watford from the Fourth Division to a second-place finish in England's top tier and an FA Cup final appearance.

Former England manager Graham Taylor dead at 72

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London (AFP) Former England manager Graham Taylor died on Thursday at the age of 72 after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Taylor made his name as the mastermind behind Watford's rise to the English top-flight in the 1980s and also enjoyed a successful spell as Aston Villa boss before spending three years as England manager.

Former England manager Graham Taylor dead at 72

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London (AFP) Former England manager Graham Taylor died on Thursday at the age of 72 after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Taylor made his name as the mastermind behind Watford's rise to the English top-flight in the 1980s and also enjoyed a successful spell as Aston Villa boss before spending three years as England manager.

Former England manager Taylor dead at 72

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London (AFP) Former England manager Graham Taylor has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 72, his family announced on Thursday.

Taylor made his name as the mastermind behind Watford's rise to the English top-flight in the 1980s and also enjoyed a successful spell as Aston Villa boss before spending three years as England manager.

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‘That Was For Graham Taylor’ – Emotional Scenes As Lincoln City Knock Ipswich Out Of FA Cup In 90th Minute (Photos & Video)

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There was an outpouring of emotion at Sincil Bank last night as Lincoln City mustered a famous victory over Ipswich Town to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in over 40 years.

Of course, the night was tinged with sadness due to the death of Graham Taylor, who was in charge of Lincoln the last time they made it into the fourth round way back in 1976 the same year he led them to the Fourth Division title.

Graham Taylor: Watford Fans Pay Respects With Mass Shirt Tribute Outside Vicarage Road (Photos & Video)

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Watford fans used today's home game against Middlesbrough to stage a mass tribute to their former manager Graham Taylor, who sadly passed away in the week.

Supporters laid down shirts, scarves, flowers and hundreds of hand-written messages outside Vicarage Road, which quickly became a yellow and red shrine.

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‘Kind, Considerate And Totally Without Ego’ – BBC Radio Presenter Mark Pougatch Delivers Wonderful Tribute To Graham Taylor (Audio)

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Tributes have been flooding in from all and sundry after Graham Taylorsadly passed away on Thursdayat the age of 72.

Shortly after receiving news that his former BBC Radio colleague had gone, Mark Pougatch put together a wonderful tribute in honour of his friend, which he subsequently delivered with aplomb live on air.

Former England Manager Graham Taylor Dies At The Age Of 72

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Awful news is reaching Pies that former England manager Graham Taylor has passed away today at the age of 72.

A statement issued on behalf ofthe Taylor family confirmed that the ex-Watford and Aston Villaboss suffered a suspected heart attack.

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

Another fine mess at the F.A.

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Well, that did not last long.

Sam Allardyce may retire with a 100% record as English manager but his reputation is so sullied it is hard to see him going back into club management.

The egg is on the F.A.'s face of course for signing up a man already well-known as a bit of a wheeler-dealer.

Retro Football: Graham Taylor Politely Enquires As To Whether England Are Able To Knock It, 1992 (Video)

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On the occasion of his 72nd birthday, Pies thought we'd offer a humble congratulatory salute to one of our favourite footballing nice guys, the one and onlyGraham Taylor.

Reluctant to swear as if his mother might be listening, Taylor was a naturally gentle man who never quite seemedau fait with the blunt'pubs and clubs'dialect of the oafish Proper Football Men™ surrounding him.

The Euro Story: Denmark Enter As Wild Cards And Emerge Victorious While England Get Bogged Down With Swedes And Turnips At Euro 1992

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The 1992 European Championship finals saw the first appearance of a team representing a unified Germany. The huge political changes sweeping Europe also led to the expulsion of Yugoslavia just a week before the tournament began in Sweden. Denmark, fatefully, were selected to take their place.

The opening game saw hosts Sweden give France an almighty fright by taking an early lead and exposing a fragility and lack of organisation amid the ranks of Les Bleus.

Retro Football: San Marino Take Just 8.3 Seconds To Score Fastest Ever World Cup Qualification Goal Against England, 1993 (Video)

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While we're not presentingthis as an official On This Day... post, Pies would like to thank Emil Navarro for giving us a nudge via email that it was on this very day in 1993 that England suffered the humiliation of conceding against part-time perma-minnows San Marino after just 8.3 seconds.

After muddling through a fairly dire campaign, England went into their final 1994 World Cup qualifier in Bologna needing to beat San Marino by at least seven clear goals to move above the Netherlands on goal difference.

On This Day In 1993: Graham Taylor Becomes A Root Vegetable After England Get Duffed By The Dutch

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October 13th, 1993, and for reasons unbeknownst, England boss Graham Taylor decided toallow a TV documentary crew into the dugout for avital World Cup qualifier.

His reactions on a controversial and frustrating night for England would be used as a stick to beat him with as the media turned on him, but really what was shown was the human side of a man struggling against his inevitable fate.

Former England boss slams Prem

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Former England and Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor spoke out to slam the current state of the Premier League, stating his belief that the ownership of some clubs has driven negative changes. Taylor, who left his managerial post at Aston Villa in 2003, believes that a number of club owners have purchased clubs for the wrong reason as they care more about the status of being a Premier League club owner rather than making the club successful.

England Should Eye Double Figure Victory over San Marino!

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TweetIt is almost impossible to preview the upcoming World Cup qualifier between England and San Marino this week without reminding ourselves of that San Marino goal that inflicted a final ignominy on Graham Taylor when he was the England manager that ended England's hopes of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup.

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BigFourZa’s date with Dwight Yorke

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Another day, another big date. BigFourZa has been star struck yet again, getting a timely dose of bodybuilding supplement to keep labouring away at keeping this site alive. After meeting a Scouse legend last time around, this time it was our turn to meet Manchester United and Aston Villa legend Dwight Yorke.

Great Football League Teams 32: Aston Villa, 1987-88

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Poor Graham Taylor. Forever criticized for his bewilderment at people not being able to ‘knock it' and taking on the impossible job, his career trajectory more than stands scrutiny but, even when winning, the praise he is damned with is feinter than feint – ‘a dull long ball merchant, out of his depth in more rarefied climes and the personification of English football's problems'.

TAYLOR: Give the England captaincy to Steven Gerrard, but only if...

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Who should replace Chelsea's John Terry as England captain? Former England and Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor believes that Liverpool talisman Steven Gerrard is the ideal candidate for the job, but only if he can prove that he's up to it. Speaking to BBC Sport, Taylor argued:"Gerrard's been captain before and I'd expect [Fabio] Capello to give it to him if he gets his top-class form back.

Confirmed Teamsheets: Bolton vs Aston Villa

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With Shay Given out for a month, Brad Guzan gets his first Premier League start, and it's also emerged this week that the American is in contract discussions with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season. Jermaine Jenas is out for the season, and with the club apparently on the hook for his wages the less said about that the better.

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New Manager. Same Old Chelsea?

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In April Chelsea announced that they had reached a deal to sign Werder Bremen striker Marko Marin. The deal was said to be around £10 million. It came at a time when the managerial job was still undecided, Andre Villas-Boas has been removed from the job and the fate of caretaker Roberto Di Matteo was still unclear.

Video: Roberto Di Matteo’s comedy goal celebration slip (Chelsea 4-1 Napoli)

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Bobby Di Matteo is falling over himself to get the Chelsea job on a permanent basis. The Blues' interim boss enjoyed a comedy fall as he celebrated the first goal in Chelsea's 4-1 win over Napoli last night, which saw them progress to the Champions League quarter finals 5-4 on aggregate. He needs a pair [.

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Aston Villa

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Not to take away from Rich's most recent post, but lost among Chelsea's guerrilla tactics on Tuesday was the fact Aston Villa choked a lead away and lost, at home, to relegation candidates Bolton.

So, with three games left, Aston Villa are just three points above the drop. And if Mark Schwarzer's parry hadn't fallen to the feet of Andreas Weimann at the death last month, they would be one point above the drop, with three matches left.

Aston Villa

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Not to take away from Rich's most recent post, but lost among Chelsea's guerrilla tactics on Tuesday was the fact Aston Villa choked a lead away and lost, at home, to relegation candidates Bolton.

So, with three games left, Aston Villa are just three points above the drop. And if Mark Schwarzer's parry hadn't fallen to the feet of Andreas Weimann at the death last month, they would be one point above the drop, with three matches left.

Old-school methods can rid AVB of Roman’s shadow

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It is hard to imagine two more unlikely Premier League bed-fellows than Mick McCarthy and Andre Villas-Boas. One a sophisticated, multi-lingual wine connoisseur; the other a former bruising Millwall centre half, born and raised in Barnsley.

But as McCarthy departed Wolves yesterday, the Portuguese may have sympathised with the muppet-faced plastic Paddy.

Ferguson, Villas-Boas & “Keeping It Simple”

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"Football is a simple game" were four words of Graham Taylor's wisdom when he was managing Watford up the Football League in the late 70s and early 80s. And his Watford sides certainly "kept it simple." But it is an unfortunate consequence of the contemporary 24-hour news culture that "keeping" football analysis "simple" leaves a gap in the media schedules.

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Great signing: Fulham purchase Matt Smith from Leeds Utd

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I like the Matt Smith signing. I remember watching him a couple of times when he was at Oldham. They played Liverpool and Everton in the cup and for some reason I had access to the TV.

What struck me about Smith was that he had this transcendental power. Power that if harnessed any team will struggle to defend.

Gadsby’s England gives a match day special from Oslo as well as an exclusive full interview with former England manager Graham Taylor

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On the continued build-up to Euro 2012, a Gadsby's England Matchday Special from Oslo with all the coverage and reaction to England's warm-up match with Norway. Plus, after a damning BBC Panorama documentary on racist violence in Poland and Ukraine, Sol Campbell tells England fans to stay away from Euro 2012.

Percentage of winning/losing teams by player

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Here's the full list for every player who's played in at least five seasons. It's not winning and losing seasons, because some players played for multiple teams in a year due to trades. Each player is given credit for a team for which they made a regular season appearance. Even years are counted as half of a winning year.

Mick in context – a look at McCarthy’s Wolves reign

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To put Mick McCarthy's Wolverhampton Wanderers reign into perspective you need to go much further back than its beginning in 2006. You need to go back to 1989 – the year that Wolves won the old Division Three title.

Until McCarthy's arrival at the club that was not only the last team to win a league title but it was also the last team that had a meaningful connection with the club's supporters.

Confirmed Teamsheets: Aston Villa vs Man Utd

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One of the bigger talking points has been the return of Ashley Young. James Milner showed class by not celebrating at Eastlands recently, expect Ashley Young to do exactly the same today, but preferably because he hasn't scored.

Either way, it's a tough game ahead and I suspect there will be a bigger interest in the manner we McLeish approaches the game than any real expectation in getting much from it.