Watford’s values a credit to the game, and to Graham Taylor
I was struck by 3 pieces of news involving Watford this week. The club’s impressive win at The Emirates was the first noteworthy event, but this was pushed into perspective by the funeral of Graham Taylor.
Such was the stature of the man, and the huge impact on the football club and the local community, that Graham’s funeral was covered by a live feed on the BBC’s website. The people of Watford came out in theirs 1000’s to pay tribute, and to say a fond farewell to a man who had re-written the club’s history.
Graham’s footballing achievements have been well documented, but what strikes me as he leaves us is that inherently he was an incredibly decent, hard-working and caring man who saw himself as a servant of the game. There aren’t many around who extol these virtues in the era of mega money, huge TV deals and player power.
Maybe there are more examples of decent values than we think. Adlene Guedioura left Watford on transfer window day to move to Boro’, and he paid tribute to Watford and the fans he is leaving on Twitter.
His Tweet was brilliant, and shows that some players do build genuine and lasting bonds with their clubs and supporters, and moving on really means something to them.
This might well say something about the values Graham Taylor instilled at Watford, and that his legacy lives on through these values.