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Armstrong in tribute to shining light Taylor

Graham Taylor: 1944-2017

Northern Ireland legend Gerry Armstrong paid a heartfelt tribute to his revered former club boss Graham Taylor following the sudden death yesterday of the ex-England manager from a suspected heart attack, aged 72.

Armstrong was a Watford player under Taylor when the striker secured his place in Northern Ireland football history with his iconic winning goal against hosts Spain at the 1982 World Cup finals.

Deeply saddened Gerry wrote on his Facebook page: "Really devastated to hear the sad news of not only my manager at Waford, but such a good friend. Graham, you will be sadly missed and football has lost a true shining light. Thank you for all the help and good advice you gave me and many other players over the years, but your legacy lives on. Rest in peace. My condolences to Rita (Taylor's wife) and all the family."

Armstrong's tribute was one of many from the world of football to a much loved and widely regarded figure who will be accorded a minute's applause ahead of all fixtures in England this weekend.

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