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Former Liverpool manager and player passes away

Former Liverpool manager and player passes away

TRIBUTES have been paid to Phil Taylor the former manager and player at Liverpool football club who has passed away aged 95.

Mr. Taylor had been a footballing prodigy as a teenager in his home city of Bristol, captaining the England schoolboys’ side before eventually playing for Bristol Rovers.

Cricket was another passion of the young Taylor. He played in a Gloucestershire first team in the late 1930s.

Mr. Taylor was 18 when he was signed by Liverpool in 1936. He got off to a perfect start, scoring on his debut against Derby County.

It was the beginning of a 23-year association with the club.

His playing career with the side was interrupted by War service with the 9th. King’s Regiment.

He returned to become team captain during the 1949-50 season when Liverpool reached the final of the FA Cup but lost 2-0 to Arsenal.

Mr. Taylor had started out as a forward player but injury led him to take up a wing-half position for most of his career.

He was eventually to make 343 appearances for the Reds as well as earning 3 caps with England. During his time with the Reds he scored on 32 occasions.

When his playing days ended in 1954, Mr. Taylor took up a coaching position with the club before becoming manager in 1956 after taking over from Don Welsh.

But his managerial career was to be relatively short-lived. After failing to win promotion for Liverpool in three successive seasons, Mr. Taylor resigned in 1959. His successor at Anfield was Bill Shankly.

Paying tribute to their former player and manager, Liverpool FC described Mr. Taylor as having been a “truly great servant” of the club.

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