Martin Taylor (footballer, born 1966)
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|Full name||Martin Taylor|
|Date of birth||9 December 1966|
|Place of birth||Tamworth, England|
|1985–1986||Mile Oak Rovers|
|1987||→ Carlisle (loan)||10||(0)|
|1987||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||8||(0)|
|1996||→ Crewe Alexandra (loan)||6||(0)|
|1997||→ Wycombe Wanderers (loan)||4||(0)|
|2003||→ Barnsley (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:03, 16 July 2010 (UTC) (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
A one-time apprentice coal miner, Taylor was signed from Mile Oak Rovers as understudy to Peter Shilton. After several short-term loan deals at lower-league clubs he became the Rams number one between the posts but suffered a double leg break in a game versus Southend United in September 1994.
Taylor missed the promotion season to the Premier League and lost his place to Russell Hoult and Mart Poom. During his spell at Derby he also spent time on loan at Carlisle United, Scunthorpe United, Crewe Alexandra and Wycombe Wanderers.
Taylor moved to Wycombe Wanderers in 1997 (just after making his first Derby appearance in two and a half years) and soon became a firm fans' favourite with his excellent shot stopping and consistency in a sometimes struggling team. He scored a penalty in a shoot out (versus Wimbledon) on the way to a semi-final against Liverpool in the 2001 FA Cup.
During his time at Wycombe, Taylor won the club's official player of the season award, as voted for by the fans, three seasons running - the first and only player to do so.
Taylor later played for Barnsley, Telford United and Burton Albion, where he went on to work as goalkeeping coach, before joining Derby County. He left Derby after manager Nigel Clough departed at the end of September 2013.