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Tell your tales of Taylor

THE daughter of football legend Peter Taylor is appealing for help to write a new book about her dad.

Taylor was assistant manager to outspoken Brian Clough in Hartlepool at the start of a partnership which would go on to conquer Europe.

Now Wendy Dickinson wants former players, fans and neighbours in town to contact her with anecdotes about her late father.

The first of two books about Taylor will include his time alongside Clough at Hartlepools United, as the club was called at the time, from 1965-1967.

Wendy said: "What I am after is quirky stuff about my dad.

"I know all about Brian driving the team bus and going around the pubs and clubs drumming up support.

"But I am sure there are plenty of people who remember my dad and have stories to tell about him."

Wendy and younger brother Phil, 52, moved to Hartlepool with their dad and mum Lilian.

The family lived first in a club house in Kesteven Road, on the town's Fens Estate, before buying a terraced property in Queen Terrace, Seaton

Carew, so that they could be close to the sea.

Wendy, 57, recalls: "In those days there were no such things for clubs like Hartlepool as a training ground.

"So the players often used to train on the beach and my dad merely had to step across the road from our house."

The freelance journalist has fond memories of her time in town and as a pupil at the former West Hartlepool High School for Girls.

Wendy decided to write her dad's story following the release of book-turned-movie The Damned United about Clough's ill-fated time at Leeds United in 1974.

She said: "I saw what great interest there was in them from people who were too young to remember what they did.

"But I feel my dad's role has been diminished and written out of the history to an extent and so what I want to do is to write a book about the partnership and put him back where he belongs."

It is not just Wendy who is crusading on behalf of her father.

Derby County fans are campaigning for a statue of Taylor to be built outside the club's Pride Park stadium.

His time at Hartlepools United and Derby will be covered in the first of two as yet untitled books.

A publishing deal has been signed and part one is expected to be

One of the people Wendy is keen to contact in town is a woman who lived two doors from the family in Kesteven Road.

Wendy can only remember that her first name was Ada and suspects that she would be around 80 if she is still alive.

Memories can be emailed to Wendy at mainstreetmedia@hotmail.co.uk.

Letters can also be addressed to her care of Gavin Ledwith, the Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX.

 
 
 

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