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Key Facts

Full name
Richard John Taylor

Known as
Dick Taylor

Born
28 November 1900

Place of birth
Armadale, VIC (3143)

Died
25 May 1962 (aged 61)

Place of death
Heidelberg, VIC (3084)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 292d
Last game: 34y 192d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 35
North Melbourne: 35

Recruited from
Melbourne (1932); North Melbourne (1935)

State of origin
VIC

Dick Taylor

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1922-1931, 19351641000.6157%15.333.5019
North MelbourneV/AFL1932-193440250.6333%13.004.002
V/AFL1922-19352041250.6152%14.173.8021
Total1922-19352041250.6152%14.173.8021

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 2,774th player to appear, 585th most games played, 826th most goals kickedMelbourne: 404th player to appear, 43rd most games played, 77th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 153rd player to appear, 319th most games played, 222nd most goals kicked

A perennial VFL interstate representative, Dick Taylor was almost universally acknowledged as one of the most accomplished centremen, or indeed players, of his era. He began with Melbourne in 1922, and was a key member of the 1926 Challenge Final victory over Collingwood. After 10 seasons with the Fuchsias he transferred to North Melbourne where he served as captain in 1932-3-4, and as coach for part of 1932, the whole of 1933, and the first half of 1934. He returned to Melbourne for one final season at the top level in 1935.

Lithe, elusive and tricky, his use of the ball was impeccable, and when playing in the centre his understanding with his wingmen was first rate. He ended his 14-season VFL career with 204 games to his credit, all but 40 of which were with Melbourne.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.