PFA Chief Executive: Gordon Taylor OBE

Gordon is Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, the world's oldest professional sport trade union.

Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Gordon used to go with his father to watch Bolton Wanderers, the club he would go on to sign professional forms with and make his football league debut for. After ten years at the club, Gordon signed for Birmingham City and later played for Blackburn Rovers, Vancouver Whitecaps and finally Bury.

With a lifetime of memories playing and watching the beautiful game, from watching Stanley Matthews on black and white TV in the 1953 FA Cup final, making his league and FA cup debuts for Bolton through to attending World Cup Finals, choosing just one favourite memory would be impossible, but a broad smile lit up his face when recalling the day he played against Pele....and was on the winning side

"My best night would be in the summer of '77 when I played for Vancouver Whitecaps in the North American Soccer League, that was when they were trying to boost soccer in the USA, Pelé, Cruyff and George Best were all over there, but New York Cosmos really pushed the boat out. They had Pelé, Beckenbauer, Chinaglia, Carlos Alberto. We had a full house at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, where you could see the mountains and the Pacific, a beautiful night, we beat them 5-3 and I got Man of the Match. To be in a team that beat Pelé and get Man of the Match was a bit special, it would be hard to top!"

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