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Lincoln Pay Lovely Tribute To Graham Taylor In FA Cup Match Programme

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Live on BBC last night, non-league Lincoln caused one of the FA Cup third round's biggest upsets when they beat the Championship's Ipswich Town 1-0.

It was fitting that Lincoln were the hosts for the BBC's game of choice this week. The game came just five days following the death of Graham Taylor.

It was at Lincoln where Taylor finished his days as a player before becoming manager of the club in 1972. In 1976, Taylor won the fourth division with the club before moving on to manage Watford.


In the Lincoln match programme for last night's game, the club republished Taylor's first ever programme notes as manager of the club. They showed a man completely self-aware of his circumstances, though also one not lacking ambition.

I demand nothing from you as the Supporters. I am not in a position to do that. You have that privilege. However, I would ask of you that before you make any demands you try and assess everything as fairly as possible.

I have had 12 years in football and won nothing. I am fully aware of Lincoln City's decline during a similar period of time. In terms of lack of success we are in the same boat. However, I refuse to become obsessed with the idea of immediate success (but I do know what I am working for) but I find that obsessions can be dangerous.

If things do not go as planned that can lead to frustration, bitterness, and irrational thinking. So that eventually one has little chance of achieving anything.

Therefore all that I and my players can do on your behalf is to try and work at our best at all times and to keep fingers crossed that this will bring its due reward not only to ourselves but to all genuine good City supporters.

Prior to kick-off, there was also a passionately observed minute's silence for the former England manager.

Picture credit; Damien Eagers/SPORTSFILE



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