Nick Cushing had moved on to pastures news three months previously to take up the opportunity of becoming assistant at New York City FC after a glittering six years at the helm.
But, just like the team he would oversee, Taylor threw himself into the new challenge and bolstered a squad already brimming with top class talent with a generous added sprinkle of star quality.
Chloe Kelly was first through the door, making the short journey down the M62 from Everton, before American World Cup-winning duo Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis switched Washington and North Carolina respectively for a crack of the WSL whip.
With the squad assembled, everything pointed towards a truly memorable campaign, and the team certainly didn’t disappoint.
The absence of the City fans compounded a difficult early adjustment period, in which we were beaten in the Community Shield by Chelsea and held to a goalless home draw by Brighton.
But it didn't take long for Gareth Taylor's side to hit our stride and, from early November, we never looked back.
A club record winning run, several breathtaking last minute victories and the small matter of an FA Cup triumph to boot, relive it all via the gallery below.