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Football world gathers for funeral of Watford legend Graham Taylor

Even in death, Graham Taylor’s legacy in English football lives on.

Look no further than Wednesday’s funeral at St. Mary’s in Watford, where the former Hornets boss and England manager was laid to rest with some of British football’s biggest luminaries in attendance.

Related: Ex-England manager Graham Taylor dies aged 72

When Taylor died in mid-January, the Nottinghamshire-born gaffer’s memory was eulogised by former colleagues and friends, while his efforts in helping the club enjoy multiple promotions was recognised by Watford’s faithful.

Wednesday was no different, as managers past and present, former players and fans alike gathered to pay tribute to the heralded Watford legend.

Pallbearers carry the casket of one of England’s most celebrated managers.

Watford captain Troy Deeney speaks to the media a day after his goal was the winner in a shock victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Former Hornets midfielder and ex-Tottenham and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood.

Hornets supporters gathered on the streets surrounding St. Mary’s where two big screens broadcast the service for the club legend who died of a heart attack Jan. 12.

Fans line the streets to pay their respects to Taylor.

Former England international, West Ham midfielder and football administrator Sir Trevor Brooking.

Ex-Watford stars Luther Blissett (left) and John Barnes (centre) arrive at the service. Two of the Hornets’ most revered players, Blissett and Barnes have between them 648 Watford appearances and 213 goals for the club.

Former Arsenal and England international tough-tackler Martin Keown.

Placards and banners pay tribute to Taylor, who oversaw Watford’s rise from the fourth tier to the top flight of English football.

Current Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri arrives a day after enjoying his greatest Premier League conquest to date with Tuesday’s unexpected victory over Arsenal. Post-match, Mazzarri announced that he dedicated the win to his fallen colleague.

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson and current Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger (below) were in attendance.

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