Jack Taylor (footballer, born 1914)

John Taylor (15 February 1914 – 22 February 1978) was an English footballer who became a manager.

Jack Taylor
Personal information
Full name John Taylor
Date of birth (1914-02-15)15 February 1914
Place of birth Barnsley, England
Date of death 22 February 1978(1978-02-22) (aged 64)
Place of death Barnsley, England
Position(s) Full-back
Youth career
Worborough Bridge
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1931–1938 Wolverhampton Wanderers 79 (0)
1938–1947 Norwich City 50 (0)
1947–1950 Hull City 72 (0)
Teams managed
1950–1952 Weymouth (player-manager)
1952–1959 Queens Park Rangers
1959–1961 Leeds United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Taylor was a full-back who started his playing career with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1931. He made his senior debut on 1 February 1936 in a 0–5 loss at Brentford. 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. His only full season in the team saw the club missed out on the league title by a single point.

He was transferred to Norwich City in Summer 1938, and replaced in the Wolves side by his younger brother Frank. He managed one full season at Carrow Road before the suspension of league football due to World War II. After guesting for Barnsley and Watford during the war, he joined Hull City in July 1947.

Hull were at the time were managed by former Sunderland and England inside-forward, Raich Carter, when Taylor was part of the side that won the Third Division North championship in 1948-49.

In May 1950, he dropped into the non-league to become player-manager of Weymouth. He returned to the Football League in June 1952, when he replaced Dave Mangnall at Queens 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.

He died in his home town of Barnsley on 22 February 1978.


  • Macey, Gordon (1993). Queens Park Rangers - A Complete Record. The Breedon Books Publishing Company Limited. ISBN 978-1-873626-40-5.