REVEALED: Graham Taylor once named 'gay icon' by Sir Elton John


The former Watford manager worked under Sir Elton in the 70s and early 80s. 

Taylor and the musician quickly struck up a solid friendship at Vicarage Road.

But it was a surprise to many – inside and outside the football world – when Sir Elton picked his former manager, who was not homosexual, as a gay icon for an exhibition. 

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BIZARRE: Graham Taylor was once named as one of Sir Elton John’s gay icons

Ten people – including Sir Elton – had been asked by the National Portrait Gallery to pick their gay icons.

Explaining his decision to pick Taylor, Sir Elton said: “I had been a lifelong Watford fan and Graham truly made whatever dreams I had for my team come true.

“In only four seasons Graham took Watford from the fourth division to the first, and of course the FA Cup Final in 1984.”

Sir Elton included fashion designer Gianni Versace, John Lennon and the pop star’s writing partner as his other gay icons.

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PALS: Graham Taylor was pals with Sir Elton John during their time together at Watford

along with the rest of the football world after his death was announced.

He wrote on Instagram: “I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Graham’s passing. 

“He was like a brother to me. We shared an unbreakable bond since we first met.

“We went on an incredible journey together and it was stay with me forever.”

His family announced aged 72. 


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