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Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor
Full name Philip Henry Taylor
Nationality Eng England
Caps (goals) 3 (0)
Rovers apps (goals)a 21 (2)
Position Inside forward
Date of birth 18 September 1917
in Bristol
Date of death 1 December 2012
1935 from youth team
1936 to join Liverpool
Senior clubs Teams managed
Bristol Rovers
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 18/12/2012

Phil Taylor (full name Philip Henry Taylor) was an inside forward and wing half who started out as an apprentice at Bristol Rovers, and later earning a professional contract with the club. He initially played in the old inside forward position, before being converted into his more successful position of wing half – a role that would later bring him three caps for the England national team.

Up until his death in December 2012, he was the the oldest known living Rovers player, being born in 1917 in the Greenbank area of Bristol. He was 95 years old when he died.

He was also a talented cricketer, playing a single first-class cricket match for Gloucestershire, against Kent in 1938.


Taylor played 21 league games during the 1935-36 season, scoring twice, before making the move north to Merseyside to join Liverpool in March 1936. The Reds paid £5,000 plus forward Billy Hartill for Taylor's services, and it proved to be a shrewd investment as he went on to make 312 league appearances for the Anfield side, scoring 32 times in the process.

After retiring from playing in 1954 he joined the Liverpool coaching staff, and two years later he became the club's manager – a position he held for three years before being succeeded by the great Bill Shankly.

International appearances[]

N.B. England's score written first for all results. (Source:
Date Opponent Result Venue Competition
18 October 1947 Wal Wales 3–0 Ninian Park, Cardiff Home Championship
5 November 1947 Ire Ireland 2–2 Goodison Park, Liverpool Home Championship
19 November 1947 Swe Sweden 4–2 Highbury, London Friendly

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