Southwell, Nottinghamshire born half back (he played in all three positions equally often) Bill Taylor began his football career with Southwell and joined Mansfield Mechanics in 1912, spending part of 1913 on the books of Notts County without making their first eleven. He played for Central Alliance club Shirebrook in 1914, helping them to finish as runners-up in 1914-15, before the First World War interrupted his career. He played one match as a guest for Port Vale during the War, in a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in a Lancashire regional Section, Subsidiary Tournament match at the Old Recreation Ground on 13th April 1918.
After the War he joined First Division club Burnley, making his Football League debut at Notts County in August 1919 but lost his place in October and struggled to regain it as The Clarets finished runners up in the League Championship, Taylor scoring twice in 17 appearances during the campaign. However the following season he only played twice more as Burnley won the League Championship, but before they had done so Taylor was transferred to Oldham Athletic in November 1920, where he was a regular performer for three seasons.
Despite Oldham’s relegation in 1923, Taylor stayed a further two seasons at Boundary Park although he was less regular, playing his last match for The Latics in October 1924 before joining Midland League club Newark Town in 1925 after scoring twice in 115 appearances for Oldham Athletic, his final club before his eventual retirement.