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Ex-England manager becomes editor for a day

Former England manager Graham Taylor became guest editor of the Scunthorpe Telegraph for a day after returning to the town where he grew up.

One of Scunthorpe’s best known sons, he agreed to take the helm after a request from the real editor, Jane Manning.

Graham said he wanted the content of the paper to reflect the town’s unsung heroes and celebrate the town and the editorial team successfully hunted out a good number of people whose achievements have been previously unreported.

Readers and web users were also urged to send in their nominations for Graham’s ‘Unsung heroes’.

During his day in the hot seat Graham visited his former primary school and wrote an article on his classroom memories.

Graham, a vice president of Scunthorpe United, also penned the leader column on why people of Scunthorpe should be proud of their town and spent an hour doing a live webchat on which received more than 7,000 hits.

And he took part in the SAS bulletin, a weekly online video done by sports editor Bob Steels and deputy sports editor Chris Sumpter, and joined them for a chat which will be turned into a series of videos running over the next few days.

Jane said: “Graham’s visit came on the back of Scunthorpe United’s successful promotion to the Championship which has really given Scunthorpe a reason to celebrate.

“Graham, who will be writing a monthly column for us from the start of next season, is a vice president of the club, and a Scunthonian so it all made sense. We also wanted to do something a bit different.

“The theme he chose for his day’s paper followed on nicely from our Platinum Pride campaign of last year which set out to give a voice to local people’s pride in the area.

“We were able to mix the news of the day which needed to be published with some really lovely stories celebrating local people and encouraging good community spirit.

“The front page headline, perhaps predictably, was ‘Do I like that!’ but it got the editor’s approval and did it exactly what it said on the tin!

“Of course the day was not all work – Graham not only managed England he can pretty much talk for England, and it’s all absolutely fascinating stuff.

“He ended up chatting to many members of staff, from all departments, having his picture taken and signing loads of autographs.”

Sports reporter and video journalist Sarah Clapson caught all Graham’s actions on camera for a series of videos on

A behind the scenes report with pictures was also published in the paper.