Don Taylor

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 Glenelg Career Highlights
  • Glenelg-West 1942
  • Glenelg, 19501954
    • 77 games
    • 26 goals
  • Best & Fairest 1950, 1952
  • 1952 "Sporting Life" Team of the Year - HBF
 Other Career Highlights
  • West Adelaide and West Adelaide-Glenelg
    • 59 games
  • South Melbourne (VFL) 1942, 1947-48
    • 36 games, 38 goals
  • Represented South Australia 9 times

* Stats current to end of 1954

Don Taylor


  • Born: 24 June 1920
  • Height: 183 cm
  • Weight: 80 Kg
  • Recruited from: West Adelaide
  • GFC League Debut: 1950

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Don Taylor, like his brothers John and Laurie, began his career at West Adelaide and finished it at Glenelg. In between he had two separate stints with South Melbourne in the VFL.

Don Taylor was residentially bound to West Adelaide and he and his brothers were unable to follow their father's lead and play for Port Adelaide. In 1939 all three brothers played for the first time in the same Senior team.

Taylor played with South Melbourne initially while on war service in 1942 when he appeared in five VFL games, two of them finals, including their Preliminary Final loss to Essendon. He returned in 1947 and from mid season was used as a forward and on the ball, kicking at least two goals in each of his final six games. In one of those games, against Hawthorn at Glenferrie Oval, he kicked a career best bag of six goals.

As a result of his consistent performances up forward in 1947, Taylor remained there in 1948 and kicked five goals against Richmond in the opening round of the 1948 VFL season. He finished the year in defence, his preferred position while at West Adelaide, and in 1949 returned to South Australia and joined Glenelg, where his brother Johnny had been appointed Coach.

Taylor won Glenelg's Best and Fairest award in both 1950 and 1952 before playing the last of his 135 SANFL games in 1954. He was recognised in the 1952 'Sporting Life' Team of the Year (the precursor to All Australian teams) as a half back flanker. He represented South Australia in nine interstate matches during his career.

His final contribution to South Australian football came in 1965 when he coached West Adelaide for the season. The club however struggled and finished the year in ninth position.

See also

Gallery pictures


1. "Pride of the Bay"

2. Wikipedia

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