Taylor, Dick

Birth Date

9th April 1918





Biographical Text

Dick Taylor was a wartime guest player for Exeter City during 1944/45 when, as the situation eased, a number of games were organised to constitute the first football played by the club since 1939. He managed Aston Villa in the 1960s. 

A guest player for Exeter City in 1944-45 whilst on the books at Grimsby Town. He made his debut for the Grecians in a 4-1 home win against the Royal Marines in February 1945.

Richard Taylor was born in Wolverhampton, and began his career as an amateur with Wolves. He signed for Grimsby in 1938, and returned to them after the Second World War, eventually making 36 appearances for them.

He signed for Scunthorpe of the Midland League in 1948 at the age of 30 and played regular first-team football for five seasons as the club began life in the Football League in 1950. 

After retiring as a player he joined Scunthorpe's coaching staff before moving to Sheffield United in 1956 to work under manager Joe Mercer. Following his mentor to Aston Villa, Dick eventually took over as manager when Mercer stepped down due to ill-health. At the helm between 1964 and 1967, Dick retired from football and, after running a sports shop, died in 1995.



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