Watford and Villa to meet in memorial match in memory of Graham Taylor

06 April 2017

Watford will pay tribute to former manager Graham Taylor with a memorial pre-season match against Aston Villa on July 29.

Taylor, who died on January 12 aged 72, managed both Watford and Villa before going on to take charge of England and Wolves. He then returned for second spells with the Hornets and Villa before his retirement from management.

A statement on Watford's official website said: "Watford will host Aston Villa on Saturday July 29 at Vicarage Road (3pm kick-off), in a special memorial matchday for the late Graham Taylor OBE.

"At the request of his family, profits from the friendly will be split evenly between two charities Graham had a close connection to - the National Memorial Arboretum and the Hornets' self-financing registered charity, the Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust."

The two sides will compete for the Graham Taylor Trophy, an annual fixture contested by Watford and any one of Taylor's former sides.

Source: PA