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Details about  Signed Brian Taylor Walsall Birmingham City Shrewsbury Rotherham Port Vale 1950s

Signed Brian Taylor Walsall Birmingham City Shrewsbury Rotherham Port Vale 1950s See original listing
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Brian Taylor Signed Photograph

Brian Taylor
Personal information
Full nameBrian Joseph Taylor
Date of birth24 March 1937 (age 77)
Place of birthWalsall, England
Playing positionWinger
Youth career
1952–1954Walsall
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1954–1958Walsall77(17)
1958–1961Birmingham City54(7)
1961–1963Rotherham United42(5)
1963–1965Shrewsbury Town73(8)
1965–1967Port Vale46(2)
1967–1968Barnsley24(2)
1968–1970Kidderminster Harriers
1970–19??Bromsgrove Rovers
Welshpool Town
Oswestry Town
Darlaston
Total316+(41+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Brian Joseph Taylor (born 24 March 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a winger. In a career spanning over sixteen years he made 316 league appearances in the Football League.

He turned professional with Walsall in September 1954, before winning a £10,000 move to Birmingham City in June 1958. He played in the top flight, as well as in Europe, for the "Blues", before he was struck down with a broken leg. He moved down a division to join Rotherham United in October 1961, before dropping down another division to play for Shrewsbury Town two years later. His descent to the basement division was complete when he was signed by Port Vale for £3,000 in July 1965. He transferred to Barnsley in May 1967, and helped the club to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1967–68. He later played non-league football with Kidderminster HarriersBromsgrove RoversWelshpool TownOswestry Town and Darlaston.

Playing career

Taylor started his career as an amateur with Walsall, and turned professional in September 1954. He made more than 70 appearances for the "Saddlers" in the Third Division SouthFrank Buckley failed to keep Walsall out of the re-election zone in the 1954–55 season, and the Fellows Park outfit continued to struggle in the lower half of the table in 1955–56 and 1956–57 under the stewardship of John Love. Despite the introduction of new boss Bill Moore, a 20th place finish in 1957–58 left the club to become founder members of the Fourth Division.

He moved to First Division club Birmingham City in June 1958 in exchange for £10,000 and the inside-forward Jimmy Cochrane. Manager Arthur Turner described him as a "wonderful prospect". He scored six goals from 30 appearances in the 1958–59 season. Each of the six was the last goal of its match: his first top-flight goal, "tearing through straight from the second-half kick-off", helped earn his club a draw at Portsmouth, the other five all came in comfortable wins. Having come into the first team early in the 1959–60 season when Gordon Astall was injured in the home defeat of Newcastle United, Taylor suffered double vision in the reverse fixture a week later and was out for a month. He was selected regularly during October by manager Pat Beasley until a broken leg, sustained in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup semi-final win over R.U. Saint-Gilloise in mid-November, kept him out for a year. Though he returned to the first team, the injury had robbed him of much of his pace. He scored on his return, against Manchester United, and made 24 appearances during the remainder of the season, sharing the outside-left position with Billy Rudd: Taylor was preferred on a heavy pitch.

After the removal of the maximum wage in 1961, Taylor was unable to agree terms for the coming season, so Birmingham circulated other clubs inviting offers for him. By mid-September, it became clear that the remaining few contract "rebels", Taylor included, would get no help from the League in settling their disputes with their clubs, and theProfessional Footballers' Association advised them to submit transfer requests. Taylor played four first-team matches during September, then signed for Rotherham United on 13 October for a £10,000 fee.

Rotherham were competing in the Second Division under the stewardship of Tom Johnston. Taylor quickly became an established member of the team at Millmoor with his "good crossing ability", making a total of 26 appearances in the 1961–62 season. In the following season he was in and out of the team under new boss Danny Williams, but still managed another 20 appearances for the "Millers".

He moved to Shrewsbury Town for the 1963–64 seasonArthur Rowley's "Shrews" posted 11th and 16th place finishes in the Third Division in 1963–64 and 1964–65. Taylor played 73 league games in his two seasons at the Gay Meadow.

Taylor was sold to Jackie Mudie's Port Vale for £3,000 in July 1965. He scored three goals in 42 appearances in the 1965–66 campaign, but made just 11 appearances at Vale Park in the 1966–67 season.[2] He was given a free transfer to Fourth Division rivals Barnsley in May 1967.

Taylor played 24 games, and helped Johnny Steele's "Tykes" to win promotion with a second place finish in 1967–68, five points behind champions Luton Town. Despite this success, he left Oakwell and entered non-league football with Kidderminster Harriers (West Midlands (Regional) League), Bromsgrove RoversWelshpool TownOswestry Townand Darlaston.

THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN FROM THE CHARLES BUCHAN SOCCER GIFT BOOK 1958-59

IT MEASURES 8.5cms x 12.5cms & BEARS A GOOD SIGNATURE IN BLUE INK

IT IS AN EXCELLENT COLLECTORS ITEM

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