Brian Taylor (Australian footballer)

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Brian Taylor
Personal information
Full name Brian Taylor
Nickname(s) "BT", "Bristle"
Date of birth (1962-04-10) 10 April 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Mandurah, Western Australia
Height/Weight 191 cm / 91 kg
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1980 – 1984
1985 – 1990
Total
Richmond
Collingwood
043 (156)
097 (371)
140 (527)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1990 season.
Career highlights

Brian Taylor (born 10 April 1962) is a former Australian rules footballer and current Australian Football League commentator on television for the Seven Network and on radio for 3AW. He played with Richmond and Collingwood from 1980 to 1990.

Taylor was only 16 when recruited from Mandurah, Western Australia, to the Richmond Football Club.[1]

Playing career[edit]

The moustached Taylor, known as "BT" and "Bristle", began his VFL career with Richmond in 1980. He was a full-forward at the same club as the legendary Michael Roach. It was for this reason that he was left out of the 1980 Grand Final team. He eventually left the Tigers at the end of the 1984 season, having played 43 games and kicking 156 goals. His height was 191cms and his weight was 102 kg.

In 1985, Taylor joined Collingwood. He kicked 100 goals in 1986 to win the Coleman Medal. Due to repeated knee injuries, he retired from playing in the AFL at the end of the 1990 season at 28 years of age. He had played 97 games for Collingwood, kicking 371 goals.

In 1991 Taylor became playing coach of Prahran in the VFA, taking the club to the finals. In 1992, after he had kicked 16 and 9 goals in the opening two rounds, his knee gave way and he retired from playing after finishing that season with 64 goals. Continuing as coach, he again took the Two Blues to the finals. He retired as coach after the 1993 season.

Statistics[edit]

[2]

Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1980 Richmond 21 1 0 0 2 1 3 0 - 0.0 0.0 2.0 1.0 3.0 0.0 -
1981 Richmond 21 5 5 5 14 7 21 10 - 1.0 1.0 2.8 1.4 4.2 2.0 -
1982 Richmond 21 15 71 25 110 23 133 78 - 4.7 1.7 7.3 1.5 8.9 5.2 -
1983 Richmond 21 6 19 16 41 23 64 33 - 3.2 2.7 6.8 3.8 10.7 5.5 -
1984 Richmond 21 16 61 44 125 24 149 90 - 3.8 2.8 7.8 1.5 9.3 5.6 -
1985 Collingwood 9 21 80 37 168 42 210 111 - 3.8 1.8 8.0 2.0 10.0 5.3 -
1986 Collingwood 9 20 100 63 192 36 228 135 - 5.0 3.2 9.6 1.8 11.4 6.8 -
1987 Collingwood 9 18 60 28 121 45 166 79 14 3.3 1.6 6.7 2.5 9.2 4.4 0.8
1988 Collingwood 9 21 73 38 136 37 173 104 10 3.5 1.8 6.5 1.8 8.2 5.0 0.5
1989 Collingwood 9 11 49 27 85 23 108 58 4 4.5 2.5 7.7 2.1 9.8 5.3 0.4
1990 Collingwood 9 6 9 6 21 7 28 12 2 1.5 1.0 3.5 1.2 4.7 2.0 0.3
Career 140 527 289 1015 268 1283 710 30 3.8 2.1 7.3 1.9 9.2 5.1 0.5

Media career[edit]

On radio, Taylor was the lead commentator for the high rating[citation needed] Triple M commentary team from 1997 when the station commenced broadcasting Australian rules football matches until 2009; In 2010, he joined 3AW's football commentary team, replacing Rex Hunt who had moved to Triple M to call football on Saturday afternoons.[3]

On television, Taylor was an AFL commentator for the Nine Network until the station lost the broadcasting rights in 2007 to the Seven Network. He remained with the station as a panellist on the The Sunday Footy Show until 2010 while also being the host of AFL Teams on Foxtel and calling the Sunday afternoon or twilight match on Fox Sports.

From the start of the 2012 season, Taylor started calling Saturday night matches for the Seven Network and is contracted until the end of the 2016 season.[4] In 2012 he also hosted Seven's pre and post match coverage of the grand final with his fellow Saturday night commentators, with Bruce McAvaney and Dennis Cometti calling the match.

Taylor also calls the Friday night and either the Saturday or Sunday afternoon game for 3AW, alternating with Tony Leonard subject to commitments with the Seven Network.

Controversy[edit]

On 12 July 2014, during the Seven Network's Saturday Night Football preview, Taylor referred to Geelong player Harry Taylor as a "big poofter". The incident was widely condemned and Taylor apologised at half time.[5][6] He was stood down from his role of broadcasting a match the following afternoon on radio station 3AW.[7]

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Preceded by
Simon Beasley
Coleman Medallist
1986
Succeeded by
Tony Lockett