Taylor, Neil J. "Piffles"

Ruby/football player, coach, lawyer, alderman ? - 1947

 

Taylor Field was named in honour of Neil J. "Piffles" Taylor, a prominent rugby and football player, coach and administrator. Taylor was a Regina Rugby Club (predecessor to the Saskatchewan Roughriders) quarterback in 1915.

He joined the Royal Flying Corps shortly thereafter, was shot down and spent a year as a prisoner of war. Although Piffles Taylor lost an eye during the war, he returned to rugby in Regina; one anecdote has him stopping during a game to replace his glass eye, which had fallen out during a play.

Taylor, a lawyer and an alderman, managed the Broder Financial Agency Ltd. for his father-in-law, George Broder. He was president of the Regina Roughriders, the Canadian Rugby Union and the Western Interprovincial Football Union. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Roughriders Plaza of Honour and he received the Order of the British Empire shortly before his death in 1947.

For more information, see Regina: The First 100 Years by William Argan with Pam Cowan and Gordon W. Staseson.