Andy Taylor (footballer, born 1986)
Taylor playing for Sheffield United in 2010
|Full name||Andrew Taylor|
|Date of birth||14 March 1986|
|Place of birth||Blackburn, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2006||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||3||(0)|
|2006||→ Blackpool (loan)||3||(0)|
|2006||→ Crewe Alexandra (loan)||4||(0)|
|2007||→ Huddersfield Town (loan)||8||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Tranmere Rovers (loan)||10||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:00, 29 March 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, Taylor attended St Paul's RC Primary and St. Bede's RC High School in Blackburn and is a product of Blackburn Rovers Youth Academy. Having represented England at both under-19 and under-20 level. Taylor then turned professional in 2004 and Taylor signed a new three-year deal with Blackburn Rovers in September 2005.
Tranmere decided to make his loan move permanent, signing him on a two and a half-year contract for an undisclosed fee in the January 2008 transfer window. Taylor made 30 league appearances in total for Tranmere during the 2007–08 season, scoring a single goal, a half volley against Crewe on New Year's Day 2008. His only goal of the 2008–09 season came at home to Colchester, he curled in a long range free kick.
Taylor was transferred to Sheffield United in July 2009 for an undisclosed fee. He made his full debut for The Blades came in the opening game of the season in August 2009; a 0–0 draw with Middlesbrough. After an initial run of games Taylor sustained an injury on Boxing Day 2010 which eventually kept him sidelined for fourteen months. On his return to fitness, he was unable to break back into the side and made only four more appearances for United in during the 2011–12 season and was subsequently released by The Blades in May 2012 when his contract expired.
After being released by Sheffield United, Taylor signed for Walsall on non-contract terms on 28 August. He played against Queens Park Rangers and had an excellent debut for the Saddlers. After the match, Taylor told the club's official website that he is happy to join Walsall, insisting he want to play regularly . Having made twenty-two appearance for the club, Taylor signed a new 18-month contract at the club.
On 12 October 2013 he scored a memorable free-kick in the sixth minute of injury time in a 1–1 game away to Colchester. The goal proved especially lucrative for a family in the Swedish city of Malmö who won 10.103.752 SEK (approximately £929,793) on the national football betting called Stryktipset.
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 399. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
- "Blackburn promote youth". BBC Sport. 7 April 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- "Taylor makes Rovers move". Sky Sports. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- "Taylor signs". Sheffield United FC. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
- "Middlesbrough 0 – 0 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. 8 August 2009. Archived from the original on 8 August 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
- "Andy Taylor rues bad luck as Lane boss Danny Wilson wields axe". The Sheffield Star. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- "Taylor making return from serious injury". The Star. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- "Trio offered new deals – 11 released". Sheffield United F.C. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
- "Saddlers move is Taylor-made". Sky Sports. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- "Taylor walking tall at Walsall". Sky Sports. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- "Andy Taylor: Walsall full-back signs new Saddlers contract". BBC Sport. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2013.