May 25, 2024

Watford FC Trust’s Taylor Trek named after Graham Taylor

Walkers can now sign up to take part in an “inspiring journey” in honour of Watford FC’s greatest ever manager and help raise money for a charity close to his heart.

After a successful first year, The Taylor Trek is due to return on Sunday, October 15 to raise funds for the club’s Community Sports & Education Trust.


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Created by the Trust in collaboration with their patrons the Taylor Family, the event is named after the late Graham Taylor, who famously guided the Hornets from the Fourth Division to finish runners-up in Division One, into Europe and the FA Cup final, before later returning to Vicarage Road and achieving consecutive promotions to the Premier League.

The trek is again set to bring together Hornets fans, club legends, Trust beneficiaries and families who can tackle one of the three routes of varying distances, ranging from three to 18 miles starting under the watchful eye of the Graham Taylor statue at Vicarage Road Stadium and finishing with a pitch-side walk.

The walk will take participants on an inspiring journey through the key sites of Taylor’s Hornets history while raising vital funds for the Trust.

More than 100 people took in last year’s event, raising more than £10,000 along the way.

There were smiles aplenty as everyone that took part finished their walk before claiming their medal from Rita Taylor herself.

The Trust reported that a post-event survey completed by trekkers showed that 100 per cent of respondents rated the walk as either Excellent or Good – with 82 per cent of those being excellent.

This year’s Taylor Trek is again being sponsored by Mercer & Hole.

The accountancy firm’s audit and business advisory partner Jo Upshall said: “We are excited to be involved with The Taylor Trek for the second time.

“Last year the Mercer & Hole team, and our families, thoroughly enjoyed it. We walked alongside the academy players, chatting about football and the atmosphere in the ground at the end of the walk was fantastic – we all had a great time.”



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