Phil Taylor succeeds Jack Balmer as captain of Liverpool Football Club


July 4, 1950
Phil Taylor, the English international half-back, has been elected captain of Liverpool Football Club for the 1950-51 season. This was decided at last evening’s meeting of the directors.

Phil succeeds his friend Jack Balmer in the appointment, although for the major portion of last season he was the actual captain on the field, Balmer, who was on the injured list for long periods, being the club captain. Now Taylor takes over the entire job, and is certain to be a success, for he is popular with officials, players and public alike.

Phil came to Liverpool in 1936 from Bristol Rovers when Liverpool paid a fee, and gave Billy Hartill in part exchange, and made his first team debut against Derby County at the Baseball ground.

Taylor came here as an inside right, but has taken over successfully the role formerly played by Matt Busby, and has played for England several times at right half, actually touring the Continent with the “B” team this summer. No vice-captain has been appointed.
(Source: Evening Express: July 5, 1950)

Phil Taylor, Liverpool Football Club (Source: Football Card from private collection).

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