Dumbarton-born Jack Taylor had a prolific career for both Sons and Everton, captaining the Toffees to an FA Cup win.

Writer Tony Onslow, who has written books on Everton’s past players, takes a look back at the player’s career.

Taylor won two league titles with Dumbarton back in 1890 and 1891, and later moved to Everton in 1896 and was the first Blues player to make 400 appearances for the Goodison Park side and is ranked sixth in record list of appearances for the club.

Tony is also appealing for any known relatives to contact him to get any more information on the player.

Taylor’s career was as exciting as it was eventful before ever he reached the shores of the River Mersey, and he is also known for making a record 136 consecutive appearance for the Toffees, which still stands today.

He was the third son born to James, who worked as a Shipwright, and his wife Anne at Dumbarton on January 27, 1872. In 1881 the family were living at 19 Clyde Street but later moved to a residence called Jamesfield Villa.

Jack followed his Father in to the local Shipyard and was working as an Apprentice Turner when, on August 16, 1890, he made his debut, playing on the right wing, for Dumbarton against Cowlairs at Boghead Park.

The Scottish League had been formed that year and Jack Taylor went straight in to the record books by scoring for his side in a 1-1 draw.

His skills were quickly noted by the local FA who selected him to represented Dunbartonshire against Renfrewshire on November 15.

The match took place on the home of the Abercorn club at Underwood Park in Paisley. Renfrewshire won 7-3.

The Dumbarton team had an excellent season and when it ended they were equal on points, at the top of the table, with Glasgow Rangers. The SFA ruling body ordered a play off at Cathkin Park in Glasgow that ended in a 2-2 draw so both sides shared the title.

On the February 7, 1891, Taylor represented Dumbarton in Scottish FA Cup at Hampden Park but they were beaten 1-0 by Heart of Midlothian. Next season he received another medal when Dumbarton won the title outright.

On the February 26, 1892 Taylor won the first of his three international caps when he played against Wales at Tynecastle Park in Edinburgh. Scotland won 6-1.

He spent one more season with his home town club before transferring to St Mirren where he won his fourth and final Scottish cap.

In the summer of 1896, he signed for Everton and joined his former Dumbarton team mates Jack Bell and Dickie Boyle at Goodison Park.

Taylor made his first appearance for Everton, at Goodison Park, in friendly against Glasgow Rangers and then scored on his home Football League debut against Sheffield Wednesday the following Saturday.

He was an ever-present throughout the season and was in the side when they were beaten 3-2 by Aston Villa in FA Cup final. He then went on to make 136 consecutive appearances for Everton and this remains a club record. Taylor developed into a versatile player and became equally at home in the forward or half back line.

On the October 18, 1898, the Scot returned home to be married at the United Presbyterian Halls in Dumbarton. The lassie of his choice was Elizabeth Goudie who lived on Clyde Street.

The groom, when filling out the marriage certificate, gave his home address as 4 Diane Street in Liverpool.

By 1901, the couple are living at 24 Mandeville Street in Walton and have two daughters both of whom have been born Liverpool. The good service Jack Taylor had given was rewarded in 1906 when he captained Everton to a 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Newcastle United at the Crystal Palace in London.

Next year he appeared in his third FA Cup final but Everton were beaten 2-1 by Sheffield Wednesday.

On the March 19, 1910, John Daniel Taylor became the first man to make 400 Football League appearances for Everton when he took part in 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Goodison Park.

Two weeks later he was severely injured in an FA Cup semi-final against Barnsley at Old Trafford, Manchester when he received a blow to his Larynx and was taken to dressing room where he was attended to by both Doctor Baxter and Doctor Whitford.

The injury proved to be severe and put an end to his professional career. Jack Taylor had played 456 league and FA Cup games for Everton and scored 80 goals. He later played a few amateur football games for South Liverpool before hanging up his boots. At the time of the 1911 census Jack and Elizabeth, who now have 5 children, are running a Newsagents Shop at 137 Walton Road in Liverpool.

When their working days were over the couple retired to Wirral and took up residence at 60 Grange Road in West Kirkby where they lived until the head of house hold died on the 21st of February 1949. John Daniel Taylor, the first true legend of Everton Football Club, was buried in the cemetery adjoining the church of St Luke in Great Crosby on Merseyside.