Bert Taylor (footballer, born 1900)

Gilbert Roy Taylor (9 July 1900 – 1 April 1980)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played for Fitzroy and coached Geelong in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[2]

Bert Taylor
Personal information
Full name Gilbert Roy Taylor
Date of birth 9 July 1900
Place of birth Allansford, Victoria
Date of death 1 April 1980(1980-04-01) (aged 79)
Place of death Vermont, Victoria
Original team(s) Warragul
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1919–1922 Fitzroy 50 0(7)
1924–1925 West Perth (WAFL)
1926–1927 Geelong A (VFA) 34 0(7)
1928–1931 Preston (VFA) 75 (19)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1923 Geelong 17 (9–8–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1922.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Originally from Warragul, Taylor spent four seasons at Fitzroy where he played as a defender. His last league game was the 1922 Grand Final win, in which he starred from the back pocket. A policeman, he had been transferred to Geelong in 1922[3] but having failed to gain a clearance from Fitzroy he left the club after the Grand Final. The following season he joined Geelong as non playing coach and steered the club to the finals.

In 1924 he went to Western Australia and played for West Perth for two years, winning selection for Western Australia in their 1924 Hobart Carnival team. He returned to Victoria in 1926 as playing coach for the Geelong Association side in the Victorian Football Association.[4] In 1928 he became player-coach of Preston.


  1. "Bert Taylor - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  2. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2014). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (10th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. p. 815. ISBN 978-1-921496-32-5.
  3. "PLAYER OR POLICEMAN". Geelong Advertiser (23, 413). Geelong, Victoria. 13 June 1922. p. 2.
  4. "Policeman—Footballer". Sporting Globe (707). Victoria, Australia. 4 May 1929. p. 6.
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