Peter Taylor’s family say the renaming of the Main Stand in his honour ‘means everything’ to them.
Daughter Wendy Dickinson, son Phil Taylor and granddaughter Laura Dickinson were all present at the unveiling of the Peter Taylor Stand and are pleased that Taylor’s contribution to the club’s success has been recognised.
“Our whole family are absolutely delighted this is happening,” said Phil. “Brian and Peter did everything together so it’s fitting there’s a stand named after Dad too. They are both there looking at each other now.”
Taylor was born in the Meadows, just a stone’s throw from The City Ground.
“He learnt all about football down on the Victoria Embankment,” said Wendy. “He could have seen The City Ground from there, so it’s amazing that the Main Stand, which has got a lot of memories for us, has got his name on it.”
Laura added: “He’d have been really proud and we’re really proud. I think he’d have found it nice that his grandchildren could see something of it. It’s nice we can enjoy some of the success he had back then.”
Club ambassador John McGovern, who captained The Reds to their two European Cup wins under Brian Clough and Taylor, believes the tribute is long overdue.
He said: “It’s about time. Sometimes things are overdue – well, a tribute to Peter Taylor is long overdue.
“The players had a fantastic time while Peter and Brian were here. I’m lucky that I’ve got a cupboard full of medals and it’s all because of the brilliance of Clough and Taylor as a management duo.
“Here at Forest they had matured to the point where they were at their best. There are few management duos who could brag of such a record in such a short space of time.”