Taylor went on to make 224 appearances for Saints, while teaching history and PE at Northampton School for Boys, as well as representing Travis Perkins, captaining the side during the 1962/63 season.
While in Northampton, the No. 8 also earned international recognition and after playing in trial matches, made his England debut against Wales in 1955. Taylor would make another five appearance for the Red Rose, with his last cap coming in an infamous draw with Scotland in 1962.
After his career came to an end, Taylor retired to Spain with wife Irene, where he spent 11 happy years before returning to England to make Barnard Castle in Durham his home. Here Noddy’s passion for rugby still thrived and he became a regular visitor at Barnard Castle Rugby Club – just last year donating one of his England caps to the club.
Taylor’s legacy still lives on in Northampton, with his portrait residing in the Captain’s Bar at Franklin’s Gardens, while his name also features within the No. 8 booth in the home changing room.
Noddy leaves behind beloved wife Irene, children Nick, Ian, Caroline and Louise and their partners Zoe, Dee, Richard and Glenn, as well as grandchildren Max, his girlfriend Lizzie, Jack, Harry, Ellie, Grace and Mitchell.
The family would like to invite any of Noddy’s friends from his Club days to his funeral next week, which will be held at Wear Valley Crematorium, Bishop Auckland on Tuesday 5 November at 12.30pm.