Wednesday, 12 May 2010

4. Brian Taylor

Position : Centre half

Played : 1978-79 to 1982-3

Appearances : 154

Goals : 10

Brian was , I think, the last signing by manager Mike Ferguson. He began his career at Jack Charlton’s Middlesbrough making 18 appearances , one of them in the First Division, before being sold on to Doncaster where he made 118 appearances over 4 seasons (ever-present in 1976-77).

He was soon made Dale’s captain. His playing style can be guessed at from his nickname of “Brains”. My first game saw the effective end of his career when he broke his leg in the second half posing a problem for much of the following season. He made a comeback in the last few games but was released by Jimmy Greenhoff and went into Sunday League football in Bolton.

Three years later Vic Halom found some coaching work for him at Spotland so he was on hand to become caretaker manager for a couple of games in December 1986 making the useful signing of Brian Stanton in that time. He left the club for good shortly after Eddie Gray took over.

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