Never Forgotten - Colin Taylor

Colin Taylor was born in Stourbridge on August 24th, 1940. After just a handful of games for his home town club playing in the Birmingham League, he was snapped up by Walsall FC on February 5th, 1958. It didn't take long for the flame haired winger to progress to Saddlers first team, making his debut that August against Millwall. He missed just one game in that 1958-59 season helping himself to 13 goals.

His second season, 1959 - 60, saw Walsall crowned Fourth Division champions and he rattled home 21 goals. The following season saw Colin bang home an amazing 33 goals as again Saddlers were promoted, to the Second Division, under Bill Moore. A remarkable start to his early career.

In May, 1963, Colin was transferred to Newcastle United for a reported fee of £20,000 for whom he scored 7 goals in 33 appearances. However in October, 1964, he returned to Fellows Park for half that fee and continued where he had left off - scoring goals. Crystal Palace came in for him and he was off to Selhurst Park in May, 1968, where he found the net 8 times in 34 appearances for them helping them to promotion to the top flight.

Thankfully 'Cannonball' returned to Fellows Park for his 3rd and final spell in 1969 under Bill Moore again and stayed until his release at the end of the 1972- 3 season. He joined Kidderminster Harriers and had a good two seasons there before hanging up his books to concentrate on his painting and decorating business.

He totted up 502 appearances in total for Walsall FC, the same figure Nick Atthey reached. Only Colin Harrison and Jimmy Walker have appeared more times in our colours. His Walsall record of 190 goals has only been bettered by Tony Richards and Alan Buckley. He was described as having the hardest shot in football with his left foot being absolutely lethal.

Colin was well respected by his team mates and fans alike and those of us fortunately to have seen him play can testify to his powerful shooting. His goal scoring record for a winger was amazing . Sadly he passed away all too soon at 64 years of age in June, 2005. He was always popular on his return to Fellows Park as this picture shows taken in April, 1988 before the centenary game against Doncaster Rovers.

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