Watford are to rename a stand at Vicarage Road in honour of their former manager and chairman Graham Taylor.

The Rous Stand will be officially renamed at an official ceremony towards the start of next season to mark Taylor's achievements at the club.

The ex-England boss took over at Watford in 1977 and led the Hornets from the fourth tier to second place in the top flight following three promotions in five years.

They also reached their only FA Cup Final to date in 1984, losing 2-0 to Everton, before he left Vicarage Road to join Aston Villa in 1987. He then returned to the club in 1996, guiding them to the Premier League.

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

“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. I would like to thank everyone at the club most sincerely for this wonderful gesture.”

Posted on 01/05/2014