Pacy right winger Archie Taylor joined Hull City in the 1962 close season after impressing at Goole Town, where he had landed after injury and illness had stalled his Football League career. Taylor was given his debut in the seventh League game of the 1962/63 season in faraway Swindon, but was not selected again by manager Cliff Britton and was released in July 1963.
Born in the coal mining village of Dunscroft near Doncaster, Arthur Matson “Archie” Taylor joined the Doncaster Rovers groundstaff at 16 and played in Rovers’ impressive youth team of the late-1950s. In May 1958 he joined Bristol City after Doncaster did not offer him a professional contract and while injury and illness dogged his time in the south west he was able to impress in the Robins’ colts side before scoring a goal on his league debut against Charlton in September 1959. He made just one further appearance for Bristol City that season, four days later against Hull City, and by the summer of 1960 he was up for sale with a £2,000 price tag on his head, which Archie appealed to the Football League to get reduced.
Despite this turmoil, Taylor remained at Bristol City for the 1960/61 season and made ten starts in the opening three months of the season. However Taylor soon left Bristol City and in September 1961 he started two Division Three games for Barnsley while on an extended trial. The Tykes declined to offer Archie a contract so he returned to the Doncaster area and joined local side Goole Town. His form in the Midland League attracted the attention of City manager Cliff Britton during the 1962 close season.
Taylor joined Halifax Town in July 1963 and at The Shay he found his form and consistency as a professional footballer. For four and a half years he was a first team regular for the Shaymen, making 189 senior appearances and scoring 21 goals at Halifax floated around the middle of the Division Four table. His reputation for pacy wing play was sealed and in December 1967 he secured a move to Fourth Division rivals Bradford City, who were challenging for promotion. He struggled to break into the Bantams’ first team and after 10 months at Valley Parade and just 12 senior appearances he joined York City in October 1968 for a four figure fee. Archie scored on his York City debut against Bradford Park Avenue and for three seasons he was a reliable first team presence for the Minstermen. When he left York City in the 1971 close season he had made 112 appearances and 9 goals, taking his senior career total over 12 seasons to 328 appearances and 32 goals.
Taylor remained in the Doncaster area and spent a further six years playing in the Lincolnshire and Yorkshire non-league scene, ending his career at Goole Town, the club where he resurrected his stalling career 15 years earlier. After football he worked as a salesman for haircare products and regularly attended Derby County home games, who were managed by his former teammate Jim Smith.
Date/Place of Birth: 7 November 1939, Dunscroft
Hull City First Game: 8 September 1962, Swindon Town A (Division Three), 22 years, 305 days old
Hull City Final Game: 8 September 1962, Swindon Town A (Division Three), 22 years, 305 days old
Doncaster Rovers (1956-1958), Bristol City (1958-1961), Barnsley (1961), Goole Town (1961-1962), Hull City (1962-1963), Halifax Town (1963-1967), Bradford City (1967-1968), York City (1968-1971), Gainsborough Trinity (1971-1972), Frickley Athletic (1972-1973), Hatfield Main (1973), Goole Town (1973-1977)
Hull City Record
Career: 1 apps, 0 goalsArchie Taylor