Jason Taylor

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Tuesday, 2nd February, 1971
Current Age
47 years and 284 days

Awards & Accolades

Rothmans Medal
1996
Dally M Captain Of The Year
1998

Biography

Jason Taylor was a deadly accurate goal-kicker with one of the best open-play kicking games in the code. At times maligned for his defence and lack of pace, the star schoolboy footballer from St Gregory’s Campbelltown made his first grade debut with Wests in 1990. Dropped to reserve grade in 1992, increasing conflict with coach Warren Ryan led Taylor to unsuccessfully seek a release from his contract. Wests' good early season form in 1993 was largely the result of Taylor’s more confident and mature efforts and he was selected as a reserve back in two State of Origin matches that year. Signing with Norths in 1994,Taylor rode the back of the fearsome Bears' pack and proved to be a match-winner when he kicked Norths into the preliminary final with a late field goal against defending premiers Brisbane. Norths were consistent semi-finalists in the late 1990s and on four occasions (1994 & 1996-98) Taylor scored over 200pts in a season. In 1996 he became the last winner of the Rothmans Medal as best and fairest player in the Sydney competition. Assuming the North Sydney captaincy Taylor became the first clubman to pass 1000 career points and established a host of club records – most points in a match (26pts in 1996 and 1997, equalling the great Harold Horder), most points in a season (242pts – 10t, 98g, 6fg, in 1997) and most points for the club (1,274pts) – before Norths merged with Manly in 2000. Taylor did not fit into N’Eagles’ coach Peter Sharp’s plans and his sacking from the team ended a record 194 consecutive first grade appearances. He successfully gained a release to play with P’matta after taking the unusual step of writing an impassioned letter to Eels’ coach Brian Smith asking for a chance to end his career in the top grade. Taylor displayed vintage form with the Eels and surged past Mick Cronin’s career goal-kicking record (856g). In July 2001 Taylor surpassed Daryl Halligan’s career point-scoring record in accumulating 2,107pts (47t, 942g, 35fg) in his 12 seasons (since bettered by Andrew johns). He retired after P’matta’s loss in the 2001 grand final - personally vindicated – and took on a coaching role with the ARL Foundation and with the Eels. When coach Brian Smith stood down early in the season Taylor took over the first grade coaching duties and took the Eels to the finals – a feat unprecedented in the history of the game for a stand-in coach. Taylor had already accepted an assistant coach role at Souths but was quickly promoted to head coach at the expense of Shaun McRae.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New South Wales 1993 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% Match list
NSW City 1993-95 3 - 3   1 7 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
Overall 1993-1995 5 0 3   1 7 3 2 0 60.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Western Suburbs NSWRL 1990 20 1 38 / 73 52.05% 1 81 5 14 1 25.00% Match list
Western Suburbs NSWRL 1991 24 1 80 / 105 76.19% 6 170 14 9 1 58.33% Match list
Western Suburbs NSWRL 1992 21 1 51 / 72 70.83% 2 108 11 9 1 52.38% Match list
Western Suburbs NSWRL 1993 21 3 56 / 70 80.00% 3 127 6 15 0 28.57% Match list
North Sydney NSWRL 1994 25 6 93 / 123 75.61% 7 217 18 6 1 72.00% Match list
North Sydney ARL 1995 23 3 84 / 111 75.68% 2 182 11 10 2 47.83% Match list
North Sydney ARL 1996 24 5 108 / 129 83.72% 2 238 16 6 2 66.67% Match list
North Sydney ARL 1997 25 10 98 / 131 74.81% 6 242 14 10 1 56.00% Match list
North Sydney NRL 1998 26 5 108 / 140 77.14% 1 237 17 9 0 65.38% Match list
North Sydney NRL 1999 24 3 72 / 100 72.00% 2 158 8 16 0 33.33% Match list
Northern Eagles NRL 2000 17 1 38 / 54 70.37% 2 82 6 11 0 35.29% Match list
Parramatta NRL 2001 26 8 116 / 144 80.56% 1 265 20 5 1 76.92% Match list
Overall 1990-2001 276 47 942 / 1252 75.24% 35 2,107 146 120 10 52.90% Match list

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Western Suburbs 1990-93 86 6 225 / 320 70.31% 12 486 36 47 3 41.86% Match list
North Sydney 1994-99 147 32 563 / 734 76.70% 20 1274 84 57 6 57.14% Match list
Northern Eagles 2000 17 1 38 / 54 70.37% 2 82 6 11 0 35.29% Match list
Parramatta 2001 26 8 116 / 144 80.56% 1 265 20 5 1 76.92% Match list
Overall 1990-2001 276 47 942 / 1252 75.24% 35 2,107 146 120 10 52.90% Match list

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Western Suburbs 1990-1992 2 - 3   - 6 0 2 0 0.00% Match list
North Sydney 1994-98 11 1 25   6 60 3 8 0 27.27% Match list
Parramatta 2001 3 1 11   - 26 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
Overall 1991-2001 16 2 39   6 92 5 11 0 31.25% Match list

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paul matthews says: an absolute champion and now great coach (06/03/2012)

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Last modified: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 01:16:37 +0000 (Sydney time)