|Bert Fazakerley Taylor (PGS 1929 -1933)|
|By the outbreak of war Bert, still
in his early 20s, was already writing his Bon
sports column. The war years were spent in the Army,
after which he returned both to the factory (but now
safely behind a desk) and his column in the Reporter.
His match reports, written when sports photographs were rare and words ruled supreme, were precise, measured, detailed and studiously unbiased. By the time he retired, he had been appointed Prescot Cables President a fitting reward for such a loyal servant. One of his first tasks was to organize a Players Dinner to mark Cables centenary in 1984. It was a glittering evening attended by Prescots football elite the likes of Roscoe, Lyon, Jelly and Grisedale.
Sadly, Bert passed away two days after his 85th birthday in September 2002, the victim of a tragic domestic accident. His legacy is a huge collection of press clippings kept at Prescot Museum. Are you the athletic type yourself? the Reporter Editor had asked him at his interview back in the 1930s. No, sir, Bert replied. Then you will have a long and injury-free career on the Prescot Reporter. And so he did.
|Adapted from the article by Glyn Williams (St. Helens Reporter)|