Taylor is in charge of Reading's first-game victory (1977)

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Graham Taylor took charge of Watford's first competitive game on this day in 1977, when they faced Reading in the opening leg of the League Cup first round.

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Taylor was a big success in the lower levels with Lincoln City, so the Hornets were fortunate to have him on board, especially because West Bromwich Albion of the premier league had expressed interest in hiring him.

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An overview of Taylor's accomplishments was given to fans in the first matchday programme of the year.

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The record of 111 goals scored by Lincoln City speaks for itself, and we are convinced Graham will be able to turn things around for our club after our recent disappointments.

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However, Rome was not built in a day, and no one should expect quick or instant victory; it is critical to lay the groundwork from the outset, and I beg all fans to provide Graham and his team every encouragement in the battle ahead." 

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The Board will assist Graham Taylor in any way it can, and we are confident that our new manager will bring a breath of fresh air to Watford Football Club both on and off the field." 

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Few could have predicted the impact Taylor would have on the team both on and off the field, despite the board's confidence in him.

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Years before Taylor demanded for its demolition, the ground's greyhound track was still present when Watford's greatest manager took charge of his first match while sitting in the home dugout. 

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A double from Keith Mercer gave Watford a 2-1 win over the Berkshire club in a two-match tie that ended in Watford's favour after an away leg and replay.

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