40yr reign at top of union
GORDON Taylor was first elected PFA chairman in
1978, when he was a
The appointment followed an 18-year professional career which saw him make 548 first team appearances for
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