Tributes paid after death of UEFA exec

David Hay, former SFA Chief Executive.
David Hay, former SFA Chief Executive.

Tributes have flowed in following the passing of David Taylor, the Forfar-born UEFA Executive Director and former SFA Chief Executive.

Mr Taylor passed away at the age of 60 after falling ill while on holiday.

Born in 1954, his father was ex-Forfar committee member Alex Taylor and he shared his love of the Station Park outfit.

Dundee High School was his place of study before he went on to Edinburgh University, studying law.

He also played for Forfar East End.

The Scottish Football Association appointed him Chief Executive in 1999 after Jim Farry’s resignation and he helped the SFA organise the 2002 Champions League Final at Hampden Park, one of several incidents where Mr Taylor’s reputation grew in the eyes of European football’s governing body UEFA.

It was in 2007 when Michel Platini himself sought Mr Taylor’s appointment as general secretary before he later became Executive Director and then corporate business advisor.

A Forfar Athletic spokesperson said: “The thoughts and sympathy of all at Station Park are extended at this dreadfully sad time.He will be missed by many.”