Taylor during 2004 pre-season
|Full name||Maik Stefan Taylor|
|Date of birth||4 September 1971|
|Place of birth||Hildesheim, West Germany|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|–||Princess Marina College|
|2003–2004||→ Birmingham City (loan)||27||(0)|
|2012||→ Millwall (loan)||10||(0)|
|1998||Northern Ireland U21||1||(0)|
|1999||Northern Ireland B||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:38, 24 November 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Taylor previously played for Barnet, Southampton, Fulham, Birmingham City, where he spent eight years before his release at the end of the 2010–11 season, and Leeds United. In international football, he played for Northern Ireland, qualifying for that country through his British passport which, as he was born abroad, entitled him to play for any of the Home Nations.
Early life and career
Taylor was born in Hildesheim, Germany, to a German mother and an English father who was serving as a staff sergeant in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) regiment of the British Army. Taylor began his football career at ASC Nienburg of Nienburg, Lower Saxony in Germany before moving to England as a schoolboy. He later followed in his father's footsteps by joining the REME based at Arborfield in Berkshire, where he attended Princess Marina College.
He later moved to Bordon in Hampshire where he played football for his regiment and the Army & Combined Services representative sides. During this period he also played for Petersfield Town, Basingstoke Town and Farnborough Town with whom he won the Southern League Premier Division Championship in 1993–94.
Taylor had become a "Saints" fan as a schoolboy so when Graeme Souness brought him to The Dell in January 1997, no-one was more delighted than Taylor himself. Taylor immediately went into the first-team, replacing Dave Beasant, making his debut on 11 January in a 1–0 victory at Middlesbrough. During his first season at Southampton, the team struggled near the foot of the table, missing relegation by one point, having been in last place with five matches to play.
Souness left the club in the summer of 1997, being replaced by Dave Jones who brought in several new players, including goalkeeper Paul Jones from his previous club, Stockport County. Taylor spent the rest of his time at Southampton on the bench and was sold to Fulham in November 1997.
Taylor was bought by Fulham in 1997 from Southampton at a cost of £800,000. Fulham's manager Kevin Keegan rated him as the "best taker of a cross I've ever seen" and he proved to be a good signing for the Cottagers, helping them to the Second Division title in 1999. The First Division championship followed in 2001 and thus promotion to the Premier League.
He was the first-choice 'keeper at Craven Cottage until Fulham reached the Premier League, when manager Jean Tigana signed Edwin van der Sar, thus relegating Taylor to the bench. Taylor made only one Premier League appearance in 2001–02, but an injury to Van der Sar sustained at Newcastle on 21 December 2002 ruled him out for several months, allowing Taylor to return to the side, and he retained his place for the remainder of the season.
Taylor signed for Birmingham City in August 2003, initially on a year-long loan deal with the possibility of a permanent contract. Manager Steve Bruce made the contract permanent in March 2004 for a £1.5 million fee. Taylor continued his impressive form and was rewarded by being nominated as the goalkeeper for the Premiership team of the 2003–04 season.
Taylor is renowned for his shot stopping and great aerial ability. He was voted Premiership fans' goalkeeper of the season in Birmingham City's 2003–04 campaign.
Taylor was replaced as Birmingham's first choice goalkeeper in February 2007 by Colin Doyle, but regained his place after the first three matches of the 2007–08 Premier League season. He was again replaced as the first choice keeper in the 2009–10 Premier League season by loan signing Joe Hart, playing only the two fixtures against Hart's parent club, Manchester City. He spent the rest of the season on the bench.
In May 2010, Taylor signed a new one-year deal with Birmingham just after they had signed new keeper Ben Foster from Manchester United. He played only four matches in 2010–11, all in cup competitions, and was on the bench as Birmingham won the 2011 Football League Cup Final. He was not offered a new contract at the end of the season.
After training with the club for two weeks in November 2011, and saving a penalty in a friendly against a Chelsea XI, Taylor signed a short-term contract, until January 2012, with Championship club Leeds United. Taylor took his place on the bench behind loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy two days later against Barnsley. His contract was extended until the end of the season, to act as backup for Andy Lonergan,
But in March, having made no appearances for Leeds and with new manager Neil Warnock preferring not to name a goalkeeper among the substitutes, Taylor agreed to move to fellow Championship club Millwall on loan for the remainder of the season. During the month of April, after a string of clean sheets, Taylor was nominated for The Championship April player of the month. After his 6 month deal came to an end, Taylor was told by Neil Warnock his contract wouldn't be renewed at the end of the 2011–12 season and that he would be released from the club at the expiry of his contract and free to join Millwall on a permanent deal.
On 2 May 2012, Taylor agreed a 12-month contract with Millwall after enjoying a successful loan spell.
Taylor was born in Germany to an English father and a German mother. As a British citizen who was born abroad, FIFA eligibility rules at the time of Taylor's first international selection entitled him to represent any of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom at international level. He opted for Northern Ireland, despite having no family connection to that country.
His début was against Germany in 1999, where Northern Ireland lost 3–0. He became a regular in the Northern Ireland national team, and played 88 matches, including the famous 1–0 victory over England in September 2005.
Taylor was replaced by Lee Camp as first choice goalkeeper, but was recalled to the Northern Ireland squad in August 2011 despite not being registered with a club since leaving Birmingham City. He made his 88th and final appearance for Northern Ireland on 11 October 2011, captaining his country in a 3–0 defeat away to Italy in a Euro 2012 qualifier.
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- As of 24 November 2011
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2003–04||Birmingham City||Premier League||34||0||4||0||1||0||–||39||0|
- The Championship runner-up: 2006–07
- The Championship runner-up: 2008–09
- Football League Cup winner: 2011
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- Profile on Birmingham City website
- Profile at The Official Website for the Irish Football Association
- Profile at Premier League
- Maik Taylor career stats at Soccerbase