Remembering the man they called Mr Sheffield Wednesday

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OWLS fan Andy Cooper has completed a four-year labour of love by writing a biography of Mr Sheffield Wednesday - the late Eric Taylor.

Eric earned the tag as a far-sighted administrator who served the club for 45 years and rose from office boy to secretary, manager and general manager.

Andy thought a tribute was overdue and would be timely on this year’s 50th anniversay of the opening of the North Stand - a project that was Taylor’s brainchild as Hillsborough became one of the best grounds outside Wembley.

The author would also like the stand to be named after Taylor.

His book spotlights what Andy regards as a little known aspect of Taylor’s reign - his football brain and management skills.

Andy, aged 61, said: “Eric Taylor has always been known as a great administrator. But I wanted to say, and I hope I have done, is that he was more than that - he had a football brain.”

The author, now a season-ticket holder, played for Wednesday reserves and juniors and is a lifelong Owls fan.

His book took four years to complete and is due to be published in the next few weeks.

It will include photographs and memorabilia provided by the Taylor family.

Eric joined the club in 1929; he retired in June, 1974, and died three months later at the age of 62.