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Key Facts

Full name
James Taylor

Known as
Jim Taylor

6 January 1932

18 April 2000 (aged 68)

Place of death
Herston, QLD (4006)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 191d
Last game: 29y 218d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne; Norwood

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 20

Recruited from
South Melbourne (1955); Norwood (1956)

Jim Taylor

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1949-1954, 1956-1961153350.2339%50

AFL: 5,929th player to appear, 1,233rd most games played, 2,636th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 695th player to appear, 67th most games played, 214th most goals kicked

Pacy, strong and versatile, Jim Taylor was a superb player for South Melbourne in 153 VFL games between 1949 and 1954 and from 1956 to 1961. In between he spent a season with Norwood where he played 13 SANFL games, including the losing Grand Final against Port Adelaide, when he was the Redlegs' best player. With South he played mostly as a ruckman or centre half back, although he could turn his hand to most positions when needed. 

Originally from amateur club Caulfield Grammarians, he had a tremendous leap and was unusually nimble for a big man. He won the Southerners' best and fairest award in 1953 and 1957. His 13 interstate appearances for the VFL included games at the 1961 Brisbane carnival. He also played four interstate matches for South Australia.

Author - John Devaney


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