England, FIFA and surely the whole world of football (refereeing) are in deep mourning for Jack Taylor, referee of Munich's 1974 World Cup final between Western Germany and the Netherlands, who has passed away yesterday.
Having refereed more than a thousand league matches in England and more than 100 international matches, he entered FIFA Hall of Fame in 1999. Born in Wolverhampton in 1930, Taylor is until today one of ten English officials having ever been in charge of a World Cup final.
David Elleray, Chairman of The FA Referees’ Committee, said: "The refereeing world is desperately sad to hear of Jack Taylor’s death. Jack was the third Englishman to referee a World Cup Final when in 1974 he officiated in the Final between Germany and Holland, awarding a penalty against the Germans before they had touched the ball."
Even Howard Webb emphasized his sorrow and described Taylor as a "true gentleman". Furthermore, he stated that Taylor had been an inspiration for him and many thousands of referees in England and across the world.
Jack (actually John Keith) Taylor died at his Shropshire home on 27 July.