Ex-England boss Taylor puts the boot in at charity bash

Derrick Williams presented Graham Taylor with a commemorative shirt at KitAid's 15th year anniversary event.
Derrick Williams presented Graham Taylor with a commemorative shirt at KitAid's 15th year anniversary event.

Former Watford FC and England manager Graham Taylor donated two pairs of his cherished football boots to KitAid’s 15th year anniversary event.

The signed size 7.5 boots were delivered by Taylor when he gave a speech for the charity that was founded by Derrick Williams from Gadebridge.

In return Taylor was presented with a football shirt that had come all the way from Ugandan team Stegota FC, who have been supported by KitAid.

Taylor, who has been patron for KitAid since 2006, requested that his boots joined numerous other donated auction items, including signed Lewis Hamilton caps, a signed Ryan Giggs shirt, and Andy Carroll’s football boots.

“I hope they raise more than Andy Carroll’s boots!” said Taylor, who was keen to support the charity that has sent more than 200,000 items of unwanted kit around the globe in the past 15 years.

Generous bidders helped make Taylor’s request a reality and his boots scooped £370 in the auction.

More than £6,000 was raised at the celebratory event, and Derrick thanked the KitAid supporters who have helped his charity move from strength to strength over the past 15 years.

“I am extremely proud of what we have all achieved,” he said.

“It seems incredible that a little boy I met in a remote Tanzanian village in 1998 wearing a tattered Liverpool shirt would inspire so many people to share and benefit from the KitAid vision.

Watford Football Club and grassroots teams such as Hemel Aces are among the many clubs who regularly donate shirts and other items to KitAid.

“The common love of football and a desire to work together to help improve the lives of some of the poorest people in the developing world has brought together football clubs from grassroots to the Premiership, to deliver kit to 58 countries on a shoe string budget,” said Derrick

Taylor added: “As Patron of KitAid I am pleased and proud to say how much the charity has progressed over the years.

“KitAid brings happiness and laughter to children and adults all over the world by providing them with football kit. Thanks are due to the numerous people who come together to do this.”