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Thomas Taylor (January 29, 1932 - February 6, 1958), better known as Tommy Taylor, was an English footballer, who, standing at 6ft 4in, was known best for his aerial ability. He was one of the eight Manchester United players who lost their lives in the Munich air disaster.
Tommy began his career playing for a local coal mining team at the colliery where he worked. At the age of just 16, local scouts offered him the chance to play for Barnsley.
After impressing at Barnsley, Taylor was transferred to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee of £29,999. He was not sold for £30,000 as the manager, Matt Busby, did not want to give him the pressure of being the world's first £30,000 footballer (Busby gave the extra pound to a tea lady).
He got off to a great start, scoring twice on his debut. By the end of the 1952-53 season, Taylor had scored 7 goals in only 11 games for United. He eventually led the team to league titles in 1956 and 1957 and scored in the 1957 FA Cup Final, when United were denied the double. Such was Taylor's worth that Matt Busby decided to reject an offer of £65,000 for him from Inter Milan in 1957.
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