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Remembering Our Heroes: John “Jock” Taylor

5 November 2021

Ahead of Remembrance Day, we are taking a look at former Hull City players who served in the military during the First or Second World War...


Heading south from his native Scotland to join Hull City in August 1907, John “Jock” Taylor made his first-team debut in February 1908 against Stockport County.

Taylor competed with John Smith for a starting position in the team and scored twice in a 4-1 victory over Derby County and once in a 4-1 victory over Stockport.

After making his last appearance against Wolverhampton Wanderers in April 1909, he went on to spend the next four years playing in Kent, representing Tunbridge Wells Rangers and New Brompton (which later became Gillingham FC).

At Gillingham, Taylor made over 137 starts for the club and became a prominent goalscorer before moving to Ireland to represent Distillery for the 1913/14 season. At the time, Taylor was still held by Hull City until May 1914 when a £25 fee demanded was waived before joining Scottish side Leith Athletic. He scored 20 goals that season and also served another Scottish club in St Bernard’s before signing up to the war effort in 1915.

Taylor served the Royal Scottish Regiment in France during World War One, and was sadly killed in action at the Battle for the Somme on 15th September 1916. He is commemorated in the Picardy district of France on the Thiepval Memorial.


Thanks goes to On Cloud Seven for providing information and images.

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