Gordon Taylor, OBE

Gordon is former professional footballer and long standing Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Gordon was an inside forward before establishing himself as a winger with Bolton in the Sixties, playing over 250 games for them, mainly in Division 2.  Voted Player of the Season 1967/68.  Signed for Birmingham in December 1970 and linked up with young stars Trevor Francis and Bob Latchford to eventually win promotion to Division 1 in 1972 (the season he joined the PFA Management Committee when Terry Venables and Bobby Charlton were also on the Committee).  After losing to a Bobby Moore-led Fulham at Maine Road in the 1975 FA Cup Semi-Final Replay, he returned to Lancashire to help Blackburn Rovers avoid relegation to Division 3 in 1976.  Played in the North American Soccer League in the summer of 1977 with Vancouver Whitecaps beating New York Cosmos of Pele and Beckenbauer 5-3.  Returned to Blackburn Rovers before joining Bury in 1978 at which time he was appointed Chairman of the PFA succeeding Derek Dougan.  Retired from playing in 1980.

Gordon has a degree in economics and was Appointed President of FIFPro, the International Association of Football Players’ Unions, in 1994.  Retired in 2005 and now Honorary President. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.

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