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Tommy Taylor

Appearances: 191
Goals: 131

Signed from: Barnsley
Debut: 7 March 1953 v Preston
Died 6 Feb 1958

Honours: League (55/56, 56/57)
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08/01/2011 08:00

United greats: Tommy Taylor

ManUtd.com is showcasing 20 players nominated by Inside United magazine for the title of United's greatest-ever player. Next up, Tommy Taylor...

The steel to Dennis Viollet's silk, Taylor was prolific in front of goal. 

The ‘smiling executioner’ revolutionised the striker’s art in Matt Busby’s jubilant mid-1950s side, forging a deadly partnership with  Viollet. Two-footed and brilliant in the air, hanging before coiling cobralike neck muscles, Taylor netted 131 times in just 191 outings. Tragically, Munich robbed the Reds – and England – of untold riches.

Did you know: Sir Matt Busby paid Barnsley a club-record fee of £29,999 for Taylor's services in 1953 - giving the spare £1 to the tealady because he did not want his new striker burdened £30,000 price tag.

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