Born: April 21, 1930; Died: July 27, 2012.
Jack Taylor, who has died aged 82, was a football referee who made history in 1974 by awarding the first penalty in a World Cup final, in the first minute of the game between Holland and West Germany.
Born in Wolverhampton, he played as a defender as a youth before learning his father's trade as a butcher, and it was in the family shop that a former referee persuaded him to take up officiating at matches.
At the start of the 1958 season he refereed a league game for the first time. In 1966 he took charge of a the FA Cup final in which Everton came from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2.
He ran the line for two games at the 1966 World Cup finals and at the Mexico finals in 1970 he took charge of Italy's victory over Sweden. .
He was the first Englishman to referee a world final. He eventually took charge of more than 1000 matches, including in excess of 100 internationals, but it was the 1974 clash between hosts West Germany and Holland for which he will always be remembered.
He awarded two penalties in the opening 25 minutes of the clash in Munich, which was eventually won by West Germany 2-1. He first pointed to the spot after just 80 seconds, before the Germans had even touched the ball, after Johan Cruyff, the Holland captain, was tripped by Uli Hoeness. Johan Neeskens scored.
West Germany's captain, Franz Beckenbauer, came up to the referee and said: "Taylor, you're an Englishman."
Midway through the opening half, Paul Breitner also converted his penalty, to equalise for West Germany, after Wim Jansen had fouled Bernd Hölzenbein. Gerd Müller scored the winning goal just before half-time.
In 1975 he was appointed OBE and went on to work as commercial manager for Wolves and as an ambassador for the Football League. Jack Taylor is survived by his second wife, Susan, two sons and two daughters.
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