Norwich, Norfolk born forward Wally Taylor began his football career with Norwich St James and first joined hometown Southern League club Norwich City as an amateur in 1906. He joined Midland League club Doncaster Rovers in 1908, before returning to The Canaries not long thereafter. He is perhaps best known for scoring the winner that beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in an FA Cup Second Round tie at The Nest in January 1915, the last time that Spurs have lost to a team from outside the Football League, in the last FA Cup tournament before the onset of the First World War forced the suspension of peacetime football.
During the First World War Taylor served in the Armed Forces, but after the War he returned to play for Norwich, and after they joined The Football League’s new Third Division in 1920 he remained at the club for three further seasons, making his Football League debut in a defeat at Brentford in November 1921, playing left half. His only other League appearance came on Boxing Day 1922 in a defeat to Charlton Athletic. He played for non league side Phoenix Works in 1923 before his eventual retirement.