Wideman Billy Taylor joined City in June 1926 after a four year foray playing in Wales. He played in every game in his first City season, opening his goal account in a 3-2 at home to Manchester City in late November 1926. He remained a first team regular for three more seasons, and contributed significantly to City’s famous 1929/30 FA Cup run that ended in controversial semi-final defeat – Taylor scored the second half winner in a notorious 2-1 Fifth Round giant-killing at Manchester City. However with City relegated that season to Division Three North a clearout was required and Taylor’s role in 1930/31, his final season, was that of supporting the first XI with occasional appearances.
Born in Langley Green, a Birmingham suburb, Taylor began his career at West Bromwich Albion in 1920, moving to Cardiff City in 1922. Two seasons at Ninian Park yielded only six starts for Taylor and in 1924 he joined Cardiff’s league rivals Aberdare Athletic, who had a seven year spell in Division Three South during the 1920s. At Aberdare Taylor finally established himself as a first team starter.
Taylor joined Norwich City in 1931 where he spent one season before ending his playing career.
Date/Place of Birth: 5 June 1898, Langley Green
Hull City First Game: 28 August 1926, Wolverhampton Wanderers H (Division Two), 28 years, 84 days old
Hull City Final Game: 11 April 1931, Carlisle United A (Division Three North), 32 years, 310 days old
West Bromwich Albion (1920-1922), Cardiff City (1922-1924), Aberdare Athletic (1924-1926), Hull City (1926-1931), Norwich City (1931-1932)
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Career: 165 apps, 18 goalsBilly Taylor