The moustachioued Taylor, known as “Barge” or “BT”, began his VFL career with Richmond in 1980, and had the misfortune of being a full-forward at the same club as the legendary Michael Roach. It was for this reason that he was left out of the 1982 Grand Final team, and he eventually left the Tigers at the end of the 1984 season, having played 43 games and kicking 156 goals.
In 1985 Taylor, playing with Subiaco, won the Simpson Medal as best player in the WAFL grand final.
Taylor after the 1985 season joined Collingwood and quickly became a favourite. He kicked 100 goals in 1986 to win the Coleman Medal, which remained his career highlight. Taylor retired at the end of the 1990 season at only 28 years of age, due to constant knee injuries. He had played 97 games for the Magpies, kicking 371 goals.
Soon after retiring, Taylor coached Prahran in the VFA, but it was in 1997 when he joined the AFL commentary lineup on Triple M (who had recently acquired the broadcast rights), that “BT” made a name for himself behind the microphone. His passionate commentary style led to him uttering the famous words “Thanks to Hahn Premium Light, Triple M ROOOOOOOCKS football!”. As well as commentating for Triple M with the team of Sam Newman, James Brayshaw and Jason Dunstall, he commentates on the Nine Network’s Sunday AFL coverage, and also uses his extensive knowledge of the game as a forward coach for many players in the AFL.
Brians superb moustache styling is often discussed on air, with many references made to its “Porno Movie” retro look. This comical banter will often lead to discussion of Brians sexual prowess, which according to legend, he is apparently famous for. Another regular point of open discussion is what really goes on at Taylor’s large semi-rural property on the outskirts of Melbourne. Taylor will often (comically) “clam up” when quizzed on this.
Brian has hosted a sports show, breakfast shows and sports update on Melbourne’s 3UZ; commentated for Magic 693; become one of the original commentators for Triple M; become a panelist on the Sunday Footy Show; and has called within the vicinity of 300 games of football.