|Full name||Philip Henry Taylor|
|Caps (goals)||3 (0)|
|Rovers apps (goals)a||21 (2)|
|Date of birth||18 September 1917|
|Date of death||1 December 2012|
|1935 from youth team|
|1936 to join Liverpool|
|Senior clubs||Teams managed|
|a League appearances and goals only|
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 18/12/2012
Phil Taylor (full name Philip Henry Taylor) was an inside forward and wing half who started out as an apprentice at Bristol Rovers, and later earning a professional contract with the club. He initially played in the old inside forward position, before being converted into his more successful position of wing half – a role that would later bring him three caps for the England national team.
Up until his death in December 2012, he was the the oldest known living Rovers player, being born in 1917 in the Greenbank area of Bristol. He was 95 years old when he died.
He was also a talented cricketer, playing a single first-class cricket match for Gloucestershire, against Kent in 1938.
Taylor played 21 league games during the 1935-36 season, scoring twice, before making the move north to Merseyside to join Liverpool in March 1936. The Reds paid £5,000 plus forward Billy Hartill for Taylor's services, and it proved to be a shrewd investment as he went on to make 312 league appearances for the Anfield side, scoring 32 times in the process.
After retiring from playing in 1954 he joined the Liverpool coaching staff, and two years later he became the club's manager – a position he held for three years before being succeeded by the great Bill Shankly.
- N.B. England's score written first for all results. (Source: englandstats.com)
|18 October 1947||Wales||3–0||Ninian Park, Cardiff||Home Championship|
|5 November 1947||Ireland||2–2||Goodison Park, Liverpool||Home Championship|
|19 November 1947||Sweden||4–2||Highbury, London||Friendly|
- Phil's obituary on the Liverpool Echo website.