Eric Taylor

Born: 1912, Birley Carr.
Died: September 1974.

Managerial Career

Manager: Sheffield Wednesday, April 1942 - July 1958.


Division Two champions: 1952, 1956.
Division Two runners-up: 1950.

Eric Taylor spent the whole of his working life as an employee of Sheffield Wednesday having joined the club in 1929 as an office boy to Wednesday’ s first secretary-manager - Bob Brown. For 16 of those years he was responsible for the team and although h’ d never played professional football, he knew the game well and proved an able manager. He broke the British transfer record when he signed Jackie Sewell for £ 35,000 in 1951 and he also brought Ron Springett to the club. It was also in his time as manager that Dooley, Quixall and Fantham all came to the fore.

Taylor had great ambitions for the club, he wanted to make the ground one of the best stadiums in the country and worked hard to make it a choice for representative games and semi-finals. He succeeded in this respect, and it was a venue for the World Cup when England staged the event in 1966.

When Wednesday were relegated for the third time in seven years, in 1957-58, Taylor decided to give up responsibility for the team management and Catterick was appointed as manager.

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