Former Football League referee and ambassador Jack Taylor OBE is to be inducted into the National Football Museum's prestigious Hall of Fame it has been announced. Taylor is among 10 football legends to receive the honour this year.
Taylor, who passed away last year aged 82, is first referee to take a place in the Hall of Fame. Taylor officiated in over 1,000 matches during a career that spanned 33 years, and is regarded by many as perhaps the finest English referee of all time. In 1974 he refereed the World Cup Final, and awarded the first ever World Cup Final penalty after just a minute of the game.
After retiring from refereeing he worked for The Football League in various capacities, before being appointed an ambassador.
Speaking at the time of his death, Greg Clarke, Chairman of The Football League, said: "Jack Taylor set the benchmark for refereeing, not just in this country but across the world, and in later life he applied the same levels of integrity, commitment and sheer love of the game to his other roles in football.
"Very few people in football can match the contribution made by Jack Taylor and fewer still have managed to do it whilst retaining the respect and admiration of absolutely everyone they have come into contact with.
Others that have been announced as inductees to the Museum's Hall of Fame include Leeds United legend Eddie Gray, Cliff Jones, Mike Summerbee, former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins, Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier and former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.
A posthumous award will also be made to Raich Carter, who led Sunderland to the League Championship in 1936, becoming the then youngest player to captain a title-winning side. As well as Sunderland, Carter played for both Derby County and Hull City.
The 10 are completed by inductees from outside of League football, including Sheila Parker, who played for Chorley Ladies Football Club and was the first women's England captain, and David Clarke, England's record goal scorer in blind football.
The inductees join a host of other famous football faces like Sir Alex Ferguson, lan Ball, Gordon Banks, Cliff Bastin, Jimmy Greaves and Sir Tom Finney, whose achievements are already celebrated with a place on the honour roll. The names were chosen by a panel featuring some of the biggest people in football, including the Museum's President Sir Bobby Charlton, Vice President Sir Alex Ferguson, Gordon Taylor and Mark Lawrenson.
The 10 football legends will have their achievements celebrated at a charity fundraising Hall of Fame induction celebration at the National Football Museum in Manchester on 25th September.
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National Football Museum Director Kevin Moore said: "We are delighted to be able to recognise the achievements of these legendary players in this way. We really hope they can all attend the induction dinner in September and we'd love to see fans come along, too - it's a rare chance to be close to some of the biggest players in football history."
The National Football Museum provides a world class home for the greatest collection of football memorabilia ever assembled, and shortly before the Hall of Fame event it will be opening an major new exhibition dedicated to celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Football League.
The exhibition will run from September until April, the same duration as the first ever season of The Football League in 1888, and fans of all clubs will be encouraged to make a visit to see it, entrance to which will be free.
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