A statue honouring a Watford legend is set to be placed in front of a stadium’s shop.

Watford Football Club has confirmed a planning application has been put forward to pay homage to former manager Graham Taylor, who died at the age of 72 in January last year.

The application proposes to construct a bronze statue of Mr Taylor on a two tier plinth outside the Vicarage Road Stadium, in Watford.

It was revealed last month that it will be unveiled by his family on the Graham Taylor Match day, which will take place on Saturday, August 4.

Led by his wife Rita, his family have taken an active role in the design of the statue and have made regular visits to see the final design take shape during its manufacture.

Graham Taylor’s first stint as manager saw Watford climb from the fourth division in 1977 to finishing as runners up in English football’s top tier in 1983.

He then took Watford to Wembley in the 1984 FA Cup final which ended in a 2-0 defeat against Everton.

Time in charge of Aston Villa, England and Wolverhampton Wanderers followed before Taylor returned to Watford in 1996.

His appointment resulted into the Premier League for the first time in 1999.

Details on how to attend the Graham Taylor Matchday will be revealed closer to the date of the event and the game will form part of the Hornets’ pre-season schedule.

Watford Observer:

A photo of the proposed placement of the statue.