The death of Graham Taylor at just 72 this week had me thinking about fairy tales.
Because Watford’s rise from the fourth division to first division runners up under Taylor’s first 10-year reign commencing in 1977 really was one.
Elton John provided some profile and would arrive in a chopper to watch games, but he didn’t plough squillions of quid into the club. This was no artificially inseminated Blackburn, Chelsea or Manchester City story.
So Watford’s tale, like Wimbledon’s, really was the stuff of dreams, not matched in England until Leicester City’s unbelievable premiership winning run last season.
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