Former England manager Graham Taylor was laid to rest today
The funeral, held at St Mary’s church in Watford, drew thousands of fans outside who gathered to bid him farewell.
Following news of his death, tributes poured in from the world of sport for the football legend who died on January 12, from a suspected heart attack, at 72.
Former England players Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker were among the first to send their condolences on social media following his death.
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Football stars both past and present gathered to pay their respects to Graham Taylor
Mr Shearer tweeted: “Completely shocked by news of Graham Taylor. Always held him in the very highest regard – the man who gave me my first England cap. So sad.”
He was joined by Mr Lineker who said: “Very sad news that Graham Taylor has passed away. An outstanding manager, lover of football and thoroughly decent man.”
The congregation was packed with a host of stars from the British football world including Sir Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United boss, and footie star John Barnes.
Sir Alex Ferguson, left, the former Manchester United boss arrives at the funeral
Former Arsenal defenders Martin Keown and Lee Dixon also attended the service. They were joined by Burnley manager Sean Dyche and Ex-Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood.
Mr Taylor's popularity led him to become a familiar face in the media to those who love football and those who don’t follow the sport.
He is survived by his wife Rita and daughters Joanne and Karen.
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Footie star John Barnes (centre) attended the service for Graham Taylor
His death shocked the world of football as he had been a regular fixture in all parts of the sport since the late 1970s.
He will mainly be remembered for managing England during the 1992 Euros in Sweden where they were knocked out at the group stage by the hosts.
But he began his career as a footballer at Lincoln in 1968, yet was forced to retire due to injury.
Taylor's daughter Karen gave an emotional reading to her father
He later went on to manage Lincoln and took the team to glory which culminated in a 1984 FA Cup final.
He was recruited by Watford chairman Sir Elton John in 1977.
The Rocket Man singer paid a heartfelt tribute to him on Instagram describing him as “like a brother”.
His wife Rita (pictured) described their family’s utter devastation at his death
He said: “We shared an unbreakable bond since we first met. We went on an incredible journey together and it will stay with me forever.
“He took my beloved Watford from the depths of the lower leagues to uncharted territory and into Europe. We have become a leading English club because of his managerial wisdom and genius.
“This is a sad and dark day for Watford. The club and the town. We will cherish Graham and drown our sorrows in the many brilliant memories he gave us.
“I love you Graham. I will miss you very much. My thoughts go out to Rita, Joanne, Karen and the whole Taylor family. @watfordfcofficial #GrahamTaylor #RIP.”
After his stint at Lincoln, Mr Taylor moved on to manage Aston Villa next.
But while he was popular at that level, the role that fans and the media will remember him best for is as England manager.
Mr Taylor was born on September 15, 1944 in Nottinghamshire.
His father was a sports journalist for Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph and this is where he found a deep love for the beautiful game.
His wife described their family’s utter devastation at his death.
In a statement she said: “The family are devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss.”
Fans gather outside Graham Taylor's funeral to pay their respects to the legend
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