JOHN “TATE” TAYLOR – COLESHILL TOWN 1986-1989
Before tonight’s game, Tuesday 19th November, in the Birmingham Senior Cup against Tamworth there will be a minutes silence in memory of former Town player John Taylor who lost his brave battle with cancer recently at the tender age of 52. His funeral service will take place at Woodlands Cemetery tomorrow morning, 20th November.
John played for Coleshill Town from 1986 to 1989 and at over six foot, was a big strong centre forward. John made over 100 appearances for Town scoring 20 goals but he was best known as the first Town player to score a goal against a professional side when he scored against Birmingham City at St Andrews, ironically also in the Birmingham Senior Cup, almost exactly 25 years ago. The Birmingham Evening Mail wrote: “Birmingham trailed to a Tate goal”. John was affectionately known as “Tate”, but I think he would have preferred his full name to have made the press. The game ended 1-1 but Coleshill won on penalties and went on to play Wolverhampton Wanderers in the next round. Evening Mail Wrote: Three superbly taken second-half goals from top of Division Three Wolves knocked brave Coleshill Town out of the Birmingham Senior Cup, in front of a 2,038 fans at Molineux. Manager Graham Taylor fielded his first team against Town and, understandably, they were just too good for the Midland Combination side. Wolves striker Steve Bull, the leading marksman in the Football League, was taken off at half-time, but he had earlier hit the Town cross-bar with a powerful header”.
The Coleshill Town Team At Molineux 1989.
John Taylor 4th from the right, back row.
REST IN PEACE JOHN TAYLOR!
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