Wolves' tribute to former referee Jack Taylor OBE

Wolves will pay tribute to former referee Jack Taylor OBE, by wearing black armbands during today’s friendly at Walsall.

Flags will also be lowered to half-mast at Molineux in his memory. Taylor, who was born in Wolverhampton, passed away at his Shropshire home yesterday at the age of 82.

Referee Jack Taylor (centre), pictured in 1971, who has died at the age of 82.
Referee Jack Taylor (centre), pictured in 1971, who has died at the age of 82. Credit: PA

In addition to officiating more than a thousand matches during a career lasting more than three decades, Taylor also had a spell as Wolves’ commercial manager in the 1980s following his retirement.

"The club offers its sincere condolences to Jack's wife Sue and the rest of the Taylor family, and his many friends both inside the game and out."

– Wolves' statement

Taylor was also inducted into FIFA's Hall of Fame before working with the Football League following his retirement from refereeing, which included serving on The League's Referees Committee.

"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.

"He will be greatly missed by everybody at The Football League and its clubs and our thoughts are with his family and friends."

– Greg Clarke, Football League chairman