John (Jack) Taylor

For over twenty years John Daniel Taylor, Jack Taylor, played top-flight football and on both sides of the border. He born in 1872 on Clyde St. in Dumbarton. His father was  a locally-born Ships Joiner. His mother was from the Bridgend of the town.  

At seventeen Jack, another of the strong winger, in which the club seemed to specialise, he was already in the First Team. And he would stay there for five seasons, in the process winning two Scottish League championships and two  Scotland caps. That was before, aged still only twenty-two, he went professional, but still in Scotland. He joined St. Mirren, one place lower in the League, and for two seasons that saw Dumbarton relegated.   

However at twenty-four and not yet at his prime 1896 saw him move South and to Everton, where he was to remain for sixteen seasons, fourteen in the First Team. In that time after almost sixty appearances at Dumbarton, almost thirty more at St. Mirren and two more caps he would rack up another four hundred at Goodison Park, winning, as captain, the FA Cup in 1906 and being on the losing sides a decade apart in 1897 and 1907, plus three Benefit matches. And even after finishing a Everton, aged forty, he continued to play, dropping down into local, Merseyside football to play for another two years, only hanging up is boots in 1914. 

Meantime, of which there was plenty, in 1897 a year into his time at Everton he had returned to Dumbarton to marry Elizabeth Goudie, a lassie who lived just round the corner back home. He is recorded as living in Walton, Liverpool, a Marine Engineer; he had trained as a fitter/turner. They immediately settled back in Liverpool. And it was there that all of their six children were born, five girls and a boy. Jack would also go into business as a Newsagent, something he seems to have pursued until retirement. Then post-Great War, perhaps due to war-work, he is recorded as back at his old profession of engineer before finally working as an Insurance Agent. 

At the same time the family moved in stages from more central Liverpool to Seaforth and then across the water to West Kirby in The Wirral and it would be there as a retired insurance agent that Jack Taylor would pass away in 1949 just past his seventy-seventh birthday. He would be survived by Elizabeth by a decade. His and her last resting places are St. Luke's Churchyard in Great Crosby, so north of the river once more. And there remains one little twist to note; a reference to his and indeed her still-recalled origins. He, or he and Elizabeth, had called the house, in which he was to live out at least the last decade of his life, "Alclutha", which is, of course, the ancient name for Dumbarton.   

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