Gordon Alexander Taylor OBE (born 28 December 1944) is an English former professional footballer who played as a winger. He has been chief executive of the English footballers' trades union, the Professional Footballers' Association since 1981. He is reputed to be the highest paid union official in the world. [2 ]
Taylor was born in
Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire. He played over 250 games for Bolton Wanderers and scored more than 50 goals before being transferred to Birmingham City in 1970. He joined Blackburn Rovers in 1976 and spent the 1977 close season playing in the North American Soccer League for the Vancouver Whitecaps. He returned to play for Blackburn and finally Bury before retiring in 1980 to work full-time for the PFA. [1 ] [4 ]
Taylor has a degree in economics and is a member of
FIFA's football committee. He is an alumnus of Manchester Metropolitan University. [5 ]
He was appointed
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours. [6 ]
His mobile phone messages were allegedly
hacked by a private investigator employed by the newspaper. News of the World reported that The Guardian (the owner of News International News of the World) paid Taylor £700,000 ($1.1 million) in legal costs and damages in exchange for a confidentiality agreement barring him from speaking about the case. [7 ]
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^ a b Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 128. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
^ * "Gordon Taylor on Asians in Football", Ethnic Now, 1 June 2007
^ "Gordon Taylor". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Neil Brown . Retrieved 11 March 2008.
^ "Notable Alumni in Sport". Manchester Metropolitan University . Retrieved 24 November 2009.
^ "New Year Honours: full list". (London). 29 December 2007 The Times . Retrieved 11 March 2008.
^ Davies, Nick (8 July 2009). "Murdoch papers paid £1m to gag phone-hacking victims". The Guardian . Retrieved 9 July 2009.
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