Carlton U19's/Reserves Career: 1953-55
Reserve Games: TBA
Reserve Goals: TBA
Guernsey No. 13 (1954)
DOB: 15 June, 1935
DOD: 14 June, 2023
Keith Taylor played U19's footy for the Blues in 1953-54 and reserves in 1955 before being cleared to Northcote. He played at Northcote for a couple of seasons before persistant concussions forced an end to his football career. Despite his short stature for a footballer, Keith was a fine mark and had been compared to John Coleman in this particular skill in the media.
Wearing guernsey number 13 and playing on the wing Taylor was one of the best on field in the 1954 U19s grand final which Carlton narrowly lost to Footscray in controversial and dramatic circumstances. Taylor kicked Carlton's final goal of the game which put the Blues in front with just seconds to go in the game. The game ended in controversy when a boundary umpires signal for out of bounds was missed by the ground umpire and a subsequent free kick gave Footscray the winning goal. Tensions were so great a Carlton listed player, George Stafford jumped the fence and assaulted two of the boundary umpires. This lead to court proceedings, a suspension and the end of Stafford's career at the Blues. As a result of these events a new rule was introduced in the 1955 season that boundary umpires were to have whistles to signal out of bounds.
Keith remained a passionate Carlton supporter until his final days, having enjoyed a 65 year Marriage to Chrissie, two children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.