BT tells of pain at miss­ing Tigers’ GF

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BRIAN Tay­lor has re­vealed the heartache at hav­ing to tell his fam­ily he had been over­looked for Rich­mond’s last Grand Fi­nal side in 1982 and be­ing asked to run out with the team be­fore the game just to keep Carl­ton guess­ing.

In a frank Open Mike, to air on Fox Footy at 8.30pm on Tues­day, he also de­tailed how he was of­fered a blank cheque when the Tigers tried to re­cruit him back off the Mag­pies dur­ing the late 1980s.

Tay­lor re­mains philo­soph­i­cal about how close he came to play­ing in three Grand Fi­nals, but said the hard­est thing was telling his fam­ily he hadn’t been cho­sen for the 1982 game.

He in­jured his knee in the fi­nal round of the sea­son, but kicked five goals in a half in a in­tr­a­club match on pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal week­end, giv­ing hope he might be in­cluded.

“I wasn’t se­lected, (but) I wasn’t al­lowed to tell any­one,” Tay­lor said. “On the Thurs­day night to have to go and tell the fam­ily they had come (from WA) for no good rea­son ... (it) was a bit heart­break­ing.”

“Then Fran­cis Bourke, who was the coach at the time, thought it would be a good idea if I ran out with the team to try and keep them guess­ing un­til the last minute.”

He went from run­ning out with his team­mates to sit­ting in the third tier of the North­ern Stand, watch­ing on as the Tigers lost to the Blues.

He doesn’t har­bour grudges for be­ing dropped from Colling­wood’s 1990 team dur­ing the fi­nals, miss­ing the club’s first flag in 32 years.

“In the end my form didn’t war­rant it (se­lec­tion),” Tay­lor said. “In an over­all sense, we play to play in pre­mier­ships. I feel sad­dened that I didn’t reach the ul­ti­mate but in terms of the big­ger pic­ture ... it is wa­ter off a duck’s back.”

VETER­ANS’ AF­FAIR: Giants team­mates mob Steve John­son af­ter he kicked one of his six goals against the Ea­gles in Syd­ney last night, while, above, Brett Dele­dio cel­e­brates a ma­jor of his own and, be­low, Ea­gle Sam Mitchell takes a mark in his fi­nal AFL game.

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