Watford to rename the Rous Stand after Graham Taylor

Watford Observer: Back together again: Graham Taylor with Elton John at Vicarage Road in 1996. Picture: Action Images Back together again: Graham Taylor with Elton John at Vicarage Road in 1996. Picture: Action Images

Watford are to honour Graham Taylor’s achievements as manager at Vicarage Road by renaming the Rous Stand after him.

The Hornets will hold an official renaming ceremony towards the start of the next campaign, with other associated items around the ground to be changed throughout the close-season.

Hornets chief executive Scott Duxbury told the club’s website: "It's always been our intention to honour one of the club's greatest servants and renaming the Rous Stand is hugely appropriate.

"We intend to permanently reserve two seats, for Graham and his wife Rita, within the directors' seating area in a stand which already contains The Sir Elton John Suite.

"Both men are synonymous with a special time in the club's history, so we feel this is a fitting tribute."

Taylor said: “I feel truly honoured that Watford would seek to recognise my time at the club in this way.

“As everybody is very well aware, I spent a big part of my working life at the club and as part of the town and its community.

“What we created, among the success on the field of play, was a very special feeling – the memories of which have always remained with me.

“It will certainly feel strange coming to future Watford home matches and sitting in a stand named after myself, although it’s something that myself and my family can take immense pride in. So I would [like to] thank everyone at the club most sincerely for this wonderful gesture.”

Taylor first became Watford manager in 1977 and famously led the club to the old first division with three promotions in the space of five years.

The Hornets finished runners-up in their first season in the top-flight to qualify for Europe and reached their only FA Cup final to date in 1984.

The Hornets boss left to join Aston Villa in 1987 but after becoming England manager and then taking over at Wolves, he returned to Watford in 1996.

Taylor was unable to stop the Hornets from being relegated to the third tier but after a year as general manager, he again assumed the hot seat and guided the club to back-to-back promotions, with their elevation to the Premier League achieved via play-off glory at Wembley.

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9:34am Thu 1 May 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

Hmm..and there we all were expecting the new East Stand to be named in his honour.
An odd decision in some ways, however I suspect the new stand will attract a sponsor and be known as that.
I'm delighted that GT has been honoured of course, but I'd rather the Rookery had become the GT stand if renaming was the favoured option, thereby preserving the memory of Sir Stanley Rous.
Either way, a decision has been made; we finally have a new east stand, Graham Taylor has been rightly honoured and, presumably, sponsor's money earmarked for naming rights to the new stand.
Hmm..and there we all were expecting the new East Stand to be named in his honour. An odd decision in some ways, however I suspect the new stand will attract a sponsor and be known as that. I'm delighted that GT has been honoured of course, but I'd rather the Rookery had become the GT stand if renaming was the favoured option, thereby preserving the memory of Sir Stanley Rous. Either way, a decision has been made; we finally have a new east stand, Graham Taylor has been rightly honoured and, presumably, sponsor's money earmarked for naming rights to the new stand. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 14

9:37am Thu 1 May 14

llloydwithathirdl says...

Yes! Fantastic news.
Yes! Fantastic news. llloydwithathirdl
  • Score: 13

9:40am Thu 1 May 14

Bush Hornet says...

Good.

Stanley Rous was not a Watford legend and had a dodgy legacy as FIFA president. Endorsed Apartheid by letting S Africa field an all white team. Refused to move Chile's qualifier from the very stadium where Pinochet was torturing people.

Graham Taylor is a legend and should have run for Prime Minister.
Good. Stanley Rous was not a Watford legend and had a dodgy legacy as FIFA president. Endorsed Apartheid by letting S Africa field an all white team. Refused to move Chile's qualifier from the very stadium where Pinochet was torturing people. Graham Taylor is a legend and should have run for Prime Minister. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 69

9:43am Thu 1 May 14

Romo says...

Delighted, he deserves it more than most who have stands named after them - The Jessica Ennis Stand!

What I am not delighted about, is having a corporate sponsored stand. Appreciate it will be purely for financial reasons, but it says nothing about the football club, its history, or family values.

What's your bets? The Evolution HD Stand?
Delighted, he deserves it more than most who have stands named after them - The Jessica Ennis Stand! What I am not delighted about, is having a corporate sponsored stand. Appreciate it will be purely for financial reasons, but it says nothing about the football club, its history, or family values. What's your bets? The Evolution HD Stand? Romo
  • Score: -16

9:57am Thu 1 May 14

the sniper says...

About time,Watford wouldn't be the club it is today without GT.
Just hope the stand is renamed in front of a full house at the Vic.
Wouldn't mind seeing him as an assistant manager to whoever is in charge next season.I've been fortunate to have met GT on a couple of occasions, once when he presented my Dad with a tankard acknowledging 65 years of supporting Watford(the ol' man still goes)GT took the time before we played Bristol City in a top of the table clash and chatted and posed for photos confirming what a nice bloke he is.Great to hear the renaming is going ahead,good on you Watford !!!
About time,Watford wouldn't be the club it is today without GT. Just hope the stand is renamed in front of a full house at the Vic. Wouldn't mind seeing him as an assistant manager to whoever is in charge next season.I've been fortunate to have met GT on a couple of occasions, once when he presented my Dad with a tankard acknowledging 65 years of supporting Watford(the ol' man still goes)GT took the time before we played Bristol City in a top of the table clash and chatted and posed for photos confirming what a nice bloke he is.Great to hear the renaming is going ahead,good on you Watford !!! the sniper
  • Score: 20

10:04am Thu 1 May 14

andyhooked says...

I too was hoping for the East Stand to be named after GT but pleased with the Rous Stand being renamed. I hate that term - a servant - to the club. Graham together with Elton started it all offf and the story was repeated yet again. Mr Duxbury, if you feel like a servant to the club then so be it but Graham is not and never was after his revolution started. A corporate sponsored East Stand seems on the cards now. However, I would still like to see some recognition within the ground to another former manager in Ken Furphy.
I too was hoping for the East Stand to be named after GT but pleased with the Rous Stand being renamed. I hate that term - a servant - to the club. Graham together with Elton started it all offf and the story was repeated yet again. Mr Duxbury, if you feel like a servant to the club then so be it but Graham is not and never was after his revolution started. A corporate sponsored East Stand seems on the cards now. However, I would still like to see some recognition within the ground to another former manager in Ken Furphy. andyhooked
  • Score: -1

10:08am Thu 1 May 14

micksolly says...

Well done Pozzos his legacy will live on, well deserved for a truly great man who totally transformed the club.
Well done Pozzos his legacy will live on, well deserved for a truly great man who totally transformed the club. micksolly
  • Score: 26

10:15am Thu 1 May 14

BuckoDallas says...

I know for a fact that the reason they have re-named the Rous, is that Bassini promised to name the East Stand after Graham Taylor
I know for a fact that the reason they have re-named the Rous, is that Bassini promised to name the East Stand after Graham Taylor BuckoDallas
  • Score: -6

10:41am Thu 1 May 14

bishopofwatford says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
Good.

Stanley Rous was not a Watford legend and had a dodgy legacy as FIFA president. Endorsed Apartheid by letting S Africa field an all white team. Refused to move Chile's qualifier from the very stadium where Pinochet was torturing people.

Graham Taylor is a legend and should have run for Prime Minister.
Here here ...Rous was a nasty piece of work , thank goodness WFC are removing hs name !
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: Good. Stanley Rous was not a Watford legend and had a dodgy legacy as FIFA president. Endorsed Apartheid by letting S Africa field an all white team. Refused to move Chile's qualifier from the very stadium where Pinochet was torturing people. Graham Taylor is a legend and should have run for Prime Minister.[/p][/quote]Here here ...Rous was a nasty piece of work , thank goodness WFC are removing hs name ! bishopofwatford
  • Score: 13

10:46am Thu 1 May 14

bishopofwatford says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
Good.

Stanley Rous was not a Watford legend and had a dodgy legacy as FIFA president. Endorsed Apartheid by letting S Africa field an all white team. Refused to move Chile's qualifier from the very stadium where Pinochet was torturing people.

Graham Taylor is a legend and should have run for Prime Minister.
Here here ...nasty piece of work Rous was and thank goodness WFC are going to remove his name from the stand.

As for the new east stand ....how about calling it. The ringfenced stand in memory of another regime?
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: Good. Stanley Rous was not a Watford legend and had a dodgy legacy as FIFA president. Endorsed Apartheid by letting S Africa field an all white team. Refused to move Chile's qualifier from the very stadium where Pinochet was torturing people. Graham Taylor is a legend and should have run for Prime Minister.[/p][/quote]Here here ...nasty piece of work Rous was and thank goodness WFC are going to remove his name from the stand. As for the new east stand ....how about calling it. The ringfenced stand in memory of another regime? bishopofwatford
  • Score: 16

10:47am Thu 1 May 14

LoveKeithDublin says...

Great news & well deserved - GT is the Watford legend, a brilliant man.

I'd love a bigger tip of the cap to Elton too - maybe the team running out to one of his songs. I realise this would break with tradition but Elton is a more prominent part of our history than some scouse manager back in the 1960's who picked the theme tune to his favourite TV show!

'I'm still standing' could be a fitting tune - the hairs stand up on the back of your neck when it kicks in on the end of season highlights videos back in the day!
Great news & well deserved - GT is the Watford legend, a brilliant man. I'd love a bigger tip of the cap to Elton too - maybe the team running out to one of his songs. I realise this would break with tradition but Elton is a more prominent part of our history than some scouse manager back in the 1960's who picked the theme tune to his favourite TV show! 'I'm still standing' could be a fitting tune - the hairs stand up on the back of your neck when it kicks in on the end of season highlights videos back in the day! LoveKeithDublin
  • Score: 14

10:56am Thu 1 May 14

andyandyandy says...

Why would anyone hope the new east stand was named after GT? Its a temporary pre fab, dont you think GT deserves better than that?
Why would anyone hope the new east stand was named after GT? Its a temporary pre fab, dont you think GT deserves better than that? andyandyandy
  • Score: 15

11:00am Thu 1 May 14

lockerbiehornet says...

LoveKeithDublin wrote:
Great news & well deserved - GT is the Watford legend, a brilliant man.

I'd love a bigger tip of the cap to Elton too - maybe the team running out to one of his songs. I realise this would break with tradition but Elton is a more prominent part of our history than some scouse manager back in the 1960's who picked the theme tune to his favourite TV show!

'I'm still standing' could be a fitting tune - the hairs stand up on the back of your neck when it kicks in on the end of season highlights videos back in the day!
You'll be wanting EJ to re-write/name Benny and the Jets to Beppe and the Horns next!!
[quote][p][bold]LoveKeithDublin[/bold] wrote: Great news & well deserved - GT is the Watford legend, a brilliant man. I'd love a bigger tip of the cap to Elton too - maybe the team running out to one of his songs. I realise this would break with tradition but Elton is a more prominent part of our history than some scouse manager back in the 1960's who picked the theme tune to his favourite TV show! 'I'm still standing' could be a fitting tune - the hairs stand up on the back of your neck when it kicks in on the end of season highlights videos back in the day![/p][/quote]You'll be wanting EJ to re-write/name Benny and the Jets to Beppe and the Horns next!! lockerbiehornet
  • Score: 6

11:03am Thu 1 May 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Did they name Sherwood Forest after Steve Sherwood? I knew he was good that goalkeeper.....
Did they name Sherwood Forest after Steve Sherwood? I knew he was good that goalkeeper..... Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -13

11:10am Thu 1 May 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

Romo wrote:
Delighted, he deserves it more than most who have stands named after them - The Jessica Ennis Stand!

What I am not delighted about, is having a corporate sponsored stand. Appreciate it will be purely for financial reasons, but it says nothing about the football club, its history, or family values.

What's your bets? The Evolution HD Stand?
Would that make it a TV stand?
[quote][p][bold]Romo[/bold] wrote: Delighted, he deserves it more than most who have stands named after them - The Jessica Ennis Stand! What I am not delighted about, is having a corporate sponsored stand. Appreciate it will be purely for financial reasons, but it says nothing about the football club, its history, or family values. What's your bets? The Evolution HD Stand?[/p][/quote]Would that make it a TV stand? Hornets number 12 fan
  • Score: 12

11:11am Thu 1 May 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

I've heard all the toilets are going to be named after Bassini!!!
I've heard all the toilets are going to be named after Bassini!!! Hornets number 12 fan
  • Score: 29

11:12am Thu 1 May 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

Well done it's about time GT was recognised properly in the ground. A great manager with great morals and a thoroughly nice bloke !
Well done it's about time GT was recognised properly in the ground. A great manager with great morals and a thoroughly nice bloke ! Hornets number 12 fan
  • Score: 17

11:16am Thu 1 May 14

tgb1963 says...

the sniper wrote:
About time,Watford wouldn't be the club it is today without GT. Just hope the stand is renamed in front of a full house at the Vic. Wouldn't mind seeing him as an assistant manager to whoever is in charge next season.I've been fortunate to have met GT on a couple of occasions, once when he presented my Dad with a tankard acknowledging 65 years of supporting Watford(the ol' man still goes)GT took the time before we played Bristol City in a top of the table clash and chatted and posed for photos confirming what a nice bloke he is.Great to hear the renaming is going ahead,good on you Watford !!!
Duxbury should ask the football league if our first game could be home against Wolves who I believe still hold him in high regard. Also with Kenny Jackett as manager it would be fitting that one of GT's stalwarts would be there.
[quote][p][bold]the sniper[/bold] wrote: About time,Watford wouldn't be the club it is today without GT. Just hope the stand is renamed in front of a full house at the Vic. Wouldn't mind seeing him as an assistant manager to whoever is in charge next season.I've been fortunate to have met GT on a couple of occasions, once when he presented my Dad with a tankard acknowledging 65 years of supporting Watford(the ol' man still goes)GT took the time before we played Bristol City in a top of the table clash and chatted and posed for photos confirming what a nice bloke he is.Great to hear the renaming is going ahead,good on you Watford !!![/p][/quote]Duxbury should ask the football league if our first game could be home against Wolves who I believe still hold him in high regard. Also with Kenny Jackett as manager it would be fitting that one of GT's stalwarts would be there. tgb1963
  • Score: 21

11:27am Thu 1 May 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Top, top decision. For its entire history WFC had barely been in the top 2 leagues til he came in 1977. The fact that we've only had one year out of the top 2 leagues since he took us up, and are now moaning about a mid table championship finish, is down to what he built at the club. Don't forget he turned down the WBA job in the top league to come to little Watford as we were then. First game I ever saw we were about 8th in old Div 4 in his first season. We beat darlington 2-1 and went 4th. The next game we beat Bournemouth 2-1 and went top and the journey was underway. Top man. Excellent decision.
Top, top decision. For its entire history WFC had barely been in the top 2 leagues til he came in 1977. The fact that we've only had one year out of the top 2 leagues since he took us up, and are now moaning about a mid table championship finish, is down to what he built at the club. Don't forget he turned down the WBA job in the top league to come to little Watford as we were then. First game I ever saw we were about 8th in old Div 4 in his first season. We beat darlington 2-1 and went 4th. The next game we beat Bournemouth 2-1 and went top and the journey was underway. Top man. Excellent decision. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 23

11:29am Thu 1 May 14

Bobbyhowfield says...

Graham who !
Graham who ! Bobbyhowfield
  • Score: -38

11:30am Thu 1 May 14

Harry's Bar says...

Hornets number 12 fan wrote:
I've heard all the toilets are going to be named after Bassini!!!
Boggini
[quote][p][bold]Hornets number 12 fan[/bold] wrote: I've heard all the toilets are going to be named after Bassini!!![/p][/quote]Boggini Harry's Bar
  • Score: 18

11:30am Thu 1 May 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

Bobbyhowfield wrote:
Graham who !
Where have you been? Living under a rock?
[quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: Graham who ![/p][/quote]Where have you been? Living under a rock? Hornets number 12 fan
  • Score: 10

11:34am Thu 1 May 14

rousman 2 says...

This could & should have been done year's ago. GT WFC legend.
This could & should have been done year's ago. GT WFC legend. rousman 2
  • Score: 11

12:01pm Thu 1 May 14

kathy_in_adelaide says...

The most appropriate accolade. Rous showed application to order the rules of the game and the FIFA President (1961-1974), HOWEVER, Graham Taylor has brought on-field achievements, organization, enthusiasm, a genuine and caring interest in the wider Watford community for over nearly 37 years. There is his ongoing involvement in the Community Trust. He is Mr. Watford.
Maybe the East Stand could be the Holton Blissett.
The most appropriate accolade. Rous showed application to order the rules of the game and the FIFA President (1961-1974), HOWEVER, Graham Taylor has brought on-field achievements, organization, enthusiasm, a genuine and caring interest in the wider Watford community for over nearly 37 years. There is his ongoing involvement in the Community Trust. He is Mr. Watford. Maybe the East Stand could be the Holton Blissett. kathy_in_adelaide
  • Score: 14

12:11pm Thu 1 May 14

MainStandShambles says...

Wow! There are so many sensible and great ideas coming out on this thread from the fact that the Rous stand is a better and more appropriate structure to name after our No.1 hero to Wolves being our season opener for the naming ceremony.

Whatever transpires this is a great decision and long overdue in my humble opinion. As mentioned above GT was not only a superb manager but a genuine person who always had time for the fans and left us with so many happy memories.
Wow! There are so many sensible and great ideas coming out on this thread from the fact that the Rous stand is a better and more appropriate structure to name after our No.1 hero to Wolves being our season opener for the naming ceremony. Whatever transpires this is a great decision and long overdue in my humble opinion. As mentioned above GT was not only a superb manager but a genuine person who always had time for the fans and left us with so many happy memories. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 20

12:11pm Thu 1 May 14

ORBY says...

I remember Watford speaking to GT about the club wanting to name a stand after him about 20 years ago and he politely refused, but the time is now right. Onwards and upwards and I am in favour of naming a stand after Ken Furphy, how about the Vicarage Road end?
I remember Watford speaking to GT about the club wanting to name a stand after him about 20 years ago and he politely refused, but the time is now right. Onwards and upwards and I am in favour of naming a stand after Ken Furphy, how about the Vicarage Road end? ORBY
  • Score: 9

12:58pm Thu 1 May 14

Nordin's Hooter says...

We love you Graham and Rita, fantastic and much welcomed news .
Thank you and Well Done to everyone involved in this decision !!
We love you Graham and Rita, fantastic and much welcomed news . Thank you and Well Done to everyone involved in this decision !! Nordin's Hooter
  • Score: 12

1:18pm Thu 1 May 14

The Rover says...

Romo wrote:
Delighted, he deserves it more than most who have stands named after them - The Jessica Ennis Stand!

What I am not delighted about, is having a corporate sponsored stand. Appreciate it will be purely for financial reasons, but it says nothing about the football club, its history, or family values.

What's your bets? The Evolution HD Stand?
or the Meccano stand?
[quote][p][bold]Romo[/bold] wrote: Delighted, he deserves it more than most who have stands named after them - The Jessica Ennis Stand! What I am not delighted about, is having a corporate sponsored stand. Appreciate it will be purely for financial reasons, but it says nothing about the football club, its history, or family values. What's your bets? The Evolution HD Stand?[/p][/quote]or the Meccano stand? The Rover
  • Score: -2

1:38pm Thu 1 May 14

Watfordengineer says...

Sir Stanley Rous was the sports teacher who bought Rugby to Watford Boys Grammar school, apparently it was because as a 15 a side sport it involved more pupils... knowing that it always perplexed me why the stand got named after him.
Sir Stanley Rous was the sports teacher who bought Rugby to Watford Boys Grammar school, apparently it was because as a 15 a side sport it involved more pupils... knowing that it always perplexed me why the stand got named after him. Watfordengineer
  • Score: 2

2:34pm Thu 1 May 14

Poppet Bear says...

Brilliant news, nothing more to say, is there ???
Brilliant news, nothing more to say, is there ??? Poppet Bear
  • Score: 3

3:01pm Thu 1 May 14

1987Hornet says...

andyandyandy wrote:
Why would anyone hope the new east stand was named after GT? Its a temporary pre fab, dont you think GT deserves better than that?
Exactly my thoughts too. The Rous stand will be there for years and years to come (unless we get to the premier league and a huge construction job is undertaken), whereas the new East Stand is 'temporary' and the smallest of all (?). Very happy GT will have his name permanently linked to this club.
[quote][p][bold]andyandyandy[/bold] wrote: Why would anyone hope the new east stand was named after GT? Its a temporary pre fab, dont you think GT deserves better than that?[/p][/quote]Exactly my thoughts too. The Rous stand will be there for years and years to come (unless we get to the premier league and a huge construction job is undertaken), whereas the new East Stand is 'temporary' and the smallest of all (?). Very happy GT will have his name permanently linked to this club. 1987Hornet
  • Score: 2

3:02pm Thu 1 May 14

Surbiton says...

No more than the man deserves. Now for a yellow brick road in Occupation Road?
No more than the man deserves. Now for a yellow brick road in Occupation Road? Surbiton
  • Score: 12

3:03pm Thu 1 May 14

D.unstable says...

Excellent decision...I raised the question a few months back as to why it was named previously after somebody with no connection to the club whatsoever. Nobody more deserving than GT of such an honour.

30 years ago this month he led a Watford team out at Wembley for our only ever FA Cup Final, seems like yesterday!!!
Excellent decision...I raised the question a few months back as to why it was named previously after somebody with no connection to the club whatsoever. Nobody more deserving than GT of such an honour. 30 years ago this month he led a Watford team out at Wembley for our only ever FA Cup Final, seems like yesterday!!! D.unstable
  • Score: 13

3:19pm Thu 1 May 14

demerit says...

The Rover wrote:
Romo wrote:
Delighted, he deserves it more than most who have stands named after them - The Jessica Ennis Stand!

What I am not delighted about, is having a corporate sponsored stand. Appreciate it will be purely for financial reasons, but it says nothing about the football club, its history, or family values.

What's your bets? The Evolution HD Stand?
or the Meccano stand?
Well, let's look for clues - the East Stand is cheap, takes forever, offers nothing in terms of flair, probably won't get used much - what about the Chris Iwelumo Stand.
[quote][p][bold]The Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Romo[/bold] wrote: Delighted, he deserves it more than most who have stands named after them - The Jessica Ennis Stand! What I am not delighted about, is having a corporate sponsored stand. Appreciate it will be purely for financial reasons, but it says nothing about the football club, its history, or family values. What's your bets? The Evolution HD Stand?[/p][/quote]or the Meccano stand?[/p][/quote]Well, let's look for clues - the East Stand is cheap, takes forever, offers nothing in terms of flair, probably won't get used much - what about the Chris Iwelumo Stand. demerit
  • Score: -1

3:32pm Thu 1 May 14

Hornet Cornet says...

demerit wrote:
The Rover wrote:
Romo wrote:
Delighted, he deserves it more than most who have stands named after them - The Jessica Ennis Stand!

What I am not delighted about, is having a corporate sponsored stand. Appreciate it will be purely for financial reasons, but it says nothing about the football club, its history, or family values.

What's your bets? The Evolution HD Stand?
or the Meccano stand?
Well, let's look for clues - the East Stand is cheap, takes forever, offers nothing in terms of flair, probably won't get used much - what about the Chris Iwelumo Stand.
I like it. How about double-barrelling it to the Ellington-Iwelumo stand?
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Romo[/bold] wrote: Delighted, he deserves it more than most who have stands named after them - The Jessica Ennis Stand! What I am not delighted about, is having a corporate sponsored stand. Appreciate it will be purely for financial reasons, but it says nothing about the football club, its history, or family values. What's your bets? The Evolution HD Stand?[/p][/quote]or the Meccano stand?[/p][/quote]Well, let's look for clues - the East Stand is cheap, takes forever, offers nothing in terms of flair, probably won't get used much - what about the Chris Iwelumo Stand.[/p][/quote]I like it. How about double-barrelling it to the Ellington-Iwelumo stand? Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -5

3:34pm Thu 1 May 14

Bobbyhowfield says...

Watfordengineer wrote:
Sir Stanley Rous was the sports teacher who bought Rugby to Watford Boys Grammar school, apparently it was because as a 15 a side sport it involved more pupils... knowing that it always perplexed me why the stand got named after him.
He was also in charge of the FA when we won the world cup in 66
[quote][p][bold]Watfordengineer[/bold] wrote: Sir Stanley Rous was the sports teacher who bought Rugby to Watford Boys Grammar school, apparently it was because as a 15 a side sport it involved more pupils... knowing that it always perplexed me why the stand got named after him.[/p][/quote]He was also in charge of the FA when we won the world cup in 66 Bobbyhowfield
  • Score: 1

4:01pm Thu 1 May 14

andyhooked says...

I think some of you guys in referring to NOT NAMING the East Stand after GT, as it is a temporary to be improved upon is spot on. I just did not expect or imagine that the Rous stand would be named after Graham. Thanks ORBY for supporting my often said comment that Ken Furphy should be recognised before his illness over takes him. I still hate as I have posted Duxbury's comment about Graham being referred to as a servant of the club
I think some of you guys in referring to NOT NAMING the East Stand after GT, as it is a temporary to be improved upon is spot on. I just did not expect or imagine that the Rous stand would be named after Graham. Thanks ORBY for supporting my often said comment that Ken Furphy should be recognised before his illness over takes him. I still hate as I have posted Duxbury's comment about Graham being referred to as a servant of the club andyhooked
  • Score: 1

4:10pm Thu 1 May 14

LifeLongHornet says...

From the rookery end will be relieved :')
From the rookery end will be relieved :') LifeLongHornet
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4:11pm Thu 1 May 14

Andrew1963 says...

The BestTrip2011 wrote:
Hmm..and there we all were expecting the new East Stand to be named in his honour.
An odd decision in some ways, however I suspect the new stand will attract a sponsor and be known as that.
I'm delighted that GT has been honoured of course, but I'd rather the Rookery had become the GT stand if renaming was the favoured option, thereby preserving the memory of Sir Stanley Rous.
Either way, a decision has been made; we finally have a new east stand, Graham Taylor has been rightly honoured and, presumably, sponsor's money earmarked for naming rights to the new stand.
I never understood the naming of the Shrodells new stand as the Rous stand. Rous had no connections with Watford FC. He was president of FIFA but his only connection with Watford was in the early 20th century when as games master at Watford Boys grammar School he replaced football with Rugby
[quote][p][bold]The BestTrip2011[/bold] wrote: Hmm..and there we all were expecting the new East Stand to be named in his honour. An odd decision in some ways, however I suspect the new stand will attract a sponsor and be known as that. I'm delighted that GT has been honoured of course, but I'd rather the Rookery had become the GT stand if renaming was the favoured option, thereby preserving the memory of Sir Stanley Rous. Either way, a decision has been made; we finally have a new east stand, Graham Taylor has been rightly honoured and, presumably, sponsor's money earmarked for naming rights to the new stand.[/p][/quote]I never understood the naming of the Shrodells new stand as the Rous stand. Rous had no connections with Watford FC. He was president of FIFA but his only connection with Watford was in the early 20th century when as games master at Watford Boys grammar School he replaced football with Rugby Andrew1963
  • Score: 4

4:32pm Thu 1 May 14

andyhooked says...

Not easy to find a contact to send messages to WFC via email yet I have found an option of how to contact the club via email. I have asked for my message to go through to Mr Duxbury to name something in the ground after Ken Furphy whilst he is sitll with us. Those of you that remember those days please also try and contact WFC with my suggestion that has supoort from others of my generation. Ken did write a book called A Portrait of Promotion that I still have and treasure.
Not easy to find a contact to send messages to WFC via email yet I have found an option of how to contact the club via email. I have asked for my message to go through to Mr Duxbury to name something in the ground after Ken Furphy whilst he is sitll with us. Those of you that remember those days please also try and contact WFC with my suggestion that has supoort from others of my generation. Ken did write a book called A Portrait of Promotion that I still have and treasure. andyhooked
  • Score: 11

6:46pm Thu 1 May 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Ken Furphy like GT took a leap of faith in joining Watford. The reason he took Watford up to Div 2 in 1969 was because he planned in detail to make it happen. Then he had two seasons of Bonser starving him of cash, so he decided reluctantly after a lot of coaxing to leave for more money.

A very good manager who deserves some recognition.
Ken Furphy like GT took a leap of faith in joining Watford. The reason he took Watford up to Div 2 in 1969 was because he planned in detail to make it happen. Then he had two seasons of Bonser starving him of cash, so he decided reluctantly after a lot of coaxing to leave for more money. A very good manager who deserves some recognition. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 9

12:16am Fri 2 May 14

Sahorn says...

Excellent gesture well deserved. Congratulations GT and all at WFC.

Also agree with other posters:-
1. Unveiling of GT stand vs Kenny Jackets Wolves with Graham and Rita as guests of honour in our new four sided stadium - maybe at second home game as focus of attention in first game will be the new East/Community/Happy Egg stand. (Can the 1881 get the 'left side' 'right side' chant going from the new stand across the ground?)
2. More formal recognition of Elton.
3. Recognition of Ken Furphy (renaming Vic Road End after him?) while he can still appreciate it.

And while we're on the theme I would personally like to see more formal recognition of our record appearance/goal scorer Luther.
Excellent gesture well deserved. Congratulations GT and all at WFC. Also agree with other posters:- 1. Unveiling of GT stand vs Kenny Jackets Wolves with Graham and Rita as guests of honour in our new four sided stadium - maybe at second home game as focus of attention in first game will be the new East/Community/Happy Egg stand. (Can the 1881 get the 'left side' 'right side' chant going from the new stand across the ground?) 2. More formal recognition of Elton. 3. Recognition of Ken Furphy (renaming Vic Road End after him?) while he can still appreciate it. And while we're on the theme I would personally like to see more formal recognition of our record appearance/goal scorer Luther. Sahorn
  • Score: 1

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