BT tells of pain at missing Tigers’ GF
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.”
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