The family of late Watford FC legend Graham Taylor OBE have visited Cassiobury Park to see the bench and four magnolia trees funded in tribute to him by Sir Elton John.
Graham Taylor – who transformed Watford FC by taking them from the fourth division to the first in five years, and who is heralded as their greatest manager – passed away earlier this year. For years he worked with Sir Elton John, who owned Watford FC from 1976 to 1987 and 1997 to 2002.
Graham Taylor’s widow Rita with their daughter Karen Colley
The pair developed a close bond and Sir Elton said he wanted to pay for ‘something to remember my wonderful friend Graham’ in Cassiobury Park. Both were awarded the honorary title of Freeman of the Borough by Watford Borough Council, who installed the bench and trees for Sir Elton with Borras Construction’s help.
The bench and trees are near the Rickmansworth Road entrance to Watford’s historic Cassiobury Park, set back from the main paths in a peaceful enclave.
Graham’s daughter Karen Colley said: “It’s really nice to think that when we come to Cassiobury Park, there’s a bit of my Dad here at the same time.”