40yr reign at top of union

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

GOR­DON Tay­lor was first elected PFA chair­man in

1978, when he was a

33-year-old winger.

The ap­point­ment fol­lowed an 18-year pro­fes­sional ca­reer which saw him make 548 first team ap­pear­ances for

Bolton, Birm­ing­ham,

Black­burn and Bury.

In 1980, Tay­lor be­came the union’s as­sis­tant sec­re­tary then sec­re­tary the fol­low­ing year.

His salary has been con­sid­ered ex­ces­sive.

In 2002 Birm­ing­ham City chair­man David Gold said: “This cash is com­ing from TV monies awarded to the clubs which should be used to pay our play­ers. In­stead a per­cent­age is go­ing to the union who then hand them­selves big pay in­creases. It’s scan­dalous.”

In 2013 it was re­ported that Tay­lor had run up a gam­bling debt of more than £100,000.

But af­ter the claims his deputy, Bobby Barnes, in­sisted: “Gor­don Tay­lor has done a tremen­dous job for foot­ball and foot­ballers over the last 30 years.”

The PFA at­tracted con­tro­versy in 1999 for buy­ing Lowry paint­ing Go­ing To The Match at Sotheby’s for £1,926,500 – nearly four times the es­ti­mated value.

In 2008 Tay­lor re­ceived an OBE in the New Year Hon­ours.

CON­TRO­VERSY PFA boss Tay­lor

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