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Key Facts

Full name
Jason Taylor

Known as
Jason Taylor

23 September 1968 (age 55)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 210d
Last game: 28y 314d

Height and weight
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 96 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; Hawthorn; Collingwood

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 23
Hawthorn: 25
Collingwood: 15

Recruited from
Fitzroy (1992); Hawthorn (1997)

Family links
Noel Taylor (Father)Cliff Taylor (Grandfather)

Jason Taylor

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 10,111th player to appear, 2,686th most games played, 2,735th most goals kickedFitzroy: 1,080th player to appear, 723rd most games played, 520th most goals kickedHawthorn: 735th player to appear, 191st most games played, 183rd most goals kickedCollingwood: 976th player to appear, 938th most games played, 1,146th most goals kicked

After playing initially for TFL side New Norfolk Jason Taylor was recruited by Fitzroy but struggled to make an impression, at least in part because he felt homesick. Between 1986 and 1991 he managed just seven senior appearances and four goals. However, at his next port of call, the Hawthorn Football Club, it would appear that he came into his own almost immediately, playing 20 games in his debut season. Mainly utilised at centre half forward, he was strong, mobile and good overhead, but appearances can be deceptive, for the consensus was that Taylor only intermittently made the most of his undoubted talent. Capable of the challenging and the spectacular, he sometimes erred when attempting simple tasks such as passing the ball to an unmarked team mate 30 metres away. Nevertheless, from 1992 to 1996 he played 80 AFL games for the Hawks and booted 30 goals, figures which strongly suggest that the club hierarchy believed he was worth persevering with. In the end though he was de-listed.

Collingwood duly picked him up, but he failed to fire, and, after a 1997 season which yielded just four goalless appearances, his AFL career was over.

Jason Taylor’s father Noel also played for New Norfolk as well as once in the VFL for Hawthorn.

Author - John Devaney


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