Taylor Jack Image 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1937

Taylor Jack Image 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1937


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Barnsley, Yorkshire born left back Jack Taylor began his football career with Worsborough Bridge Athletic in 1930 and from there joined First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 1934, making his Football League debut at Brentford in February 1936. He became a first team regular after Cecil Shaw left in November 1936 and was a virtual ever-present for the next season and a half, playing 41 matches during the 1937-38 campaign as Wolves finished runners up in the League Championship.

Having made 89 appearances for Wolves he was transferred to Norwich City in June 1938, and was replaced in the Wolves side by his younger brother Frank. He managed one full season at Carrow Road before the abandonment of League football due to the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939. After guesting for Barnsley and Watford during the War, he returned to Carrow in its aftermath, making 59 appearances for The Canaries before he joined Hull City in July 1947.

Hull were at the time were managed by former Sunderland and England inside forward, Raich Carter, and Taylor was part of the side that won the Third Division (North) Championship in 1948-49. He played 26 matches in their 1949-50 campaign he dropped into the non-league to become player-manager of Southern League club Weymouth in May 1950.

He returned to the Football League in June 1952, when he replaced Dave Mangnall as manager at Queen’s Park Rangers, who had been recently relegated from the Second Division. Under Taylor they never managed to finish higher in the League than 10th. In addition to this they suffered two humiliating FA Cup defeats to non league opposition, including a 6-1 thrashing by Hereford United in the 2nd round in December 1957. He was asked to manage the Third Division (South) representative team in October 1957.

Taylor left QPR in May 1959 to take over at Leeds United but within a year Leeds were relegated to the Second Division and he resigned in March 1961 to be succeeded by Don Revie. He never managed in League football again.

NB in the photograph he trains with Wolves team-mates Joe Gardiner and George Ashall.



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