Rhys Taylor

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Rhys Taylor
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Taylor while at Crewe Alexandra in 2011
Personal information
Full name Rhys Francis Taylor
Date of birth (1990-04-07) 7 April 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Neath, Wales
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Macclesfield Town
Number 1
Youth career
000?–2007 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Chelsea 0 (0)
2009–2010 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 0 (0)
2010 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 0 (0)
2010–2011 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 44 (0)
2012 Rotherham United (loan) 20 (0)
2012–2013 Southend United 0 (0)
2013 Preston North End 0 (0)
2013– Macclesfield Town 52 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Wales U17 9 (0)
2006–2009 Wales U19 3 (0)
2008– Wales U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:09, 14 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:00, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Rhys Francis Taylor (born 7 April 1990) is a Wales under-21 international goalkeeper for Macclesfield Town. He has played for Wales up to Under-21 level.

Early life[edit]

He attended Glan Afan Comprehensive School, Port Talbot, and later moved to the Richard Challoner School, New Malden.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

Born in Neath, West Glamorgan, Taylor played mainly in the Chelsea Reserves and the Youth Team but occasionally got called to sit on the bench when another goalkeeper got injured. He joined Queens Park Rangers on loan in November 2009 until 4 January 2010.[1] During the 2009–10 season, he made eight appearances for Chelsea's reserve team as their first choice goalkeeper.[2]

He joined League Two team Crewe Alexandra for pre-season training in June 2010 and an agreement was made for him to join the club on loan.[3][4] The loan was initially set to last for two months, with Taylor expected to gain first team experience as a replacement for injured goalkeeper Steve Phillips.[5] The loan was completed on 6 July.[6] On 12 July he appeared for Crewe's first team in a friendly match against Quorn,[7] earning a clean sheet in Crewe's 4–0 win.[8] The loan period was subsequently converted into a season-long arrangement,[9] with Taylor soon establishing himself as first-choice goalkeeper.

On 2 January 2012, Taylor moved to Rotherham United on a one-month loan deal.[10] He made his debut the same day in a 3–0 win over Bradford City, despite not even training with the squad prior the match. On 31 January 2012, Rotherham extended Taylor's loan deal until the end of the season.[11]

Taylor returned to Chelsea at the end of League Two season after a successful spell at the club, playing 20 games. On 1 June 2012, he was released with Salomon Kalou, José Bosingwa and Marko Mitrović. He never made a professional appearance for the Premier League side.[12]

Following his release from Chelsea, Taylor joined Southend United on a free transfer[13] before joining Preston North End on non-contract terms.[14] But after twice on the bench as an unused substitute, Taylor left Preston to join Lower League side Macclesfield Town as cover for the injured Lance Cronin and was given number 40 shirt.[15] Days after signing for the club, on 1 February 2013, Taylor made his debut for the club, in a 4–0 win over Ebbsfleet United, also keeping a clean sheet on his debut.[16] Since his debut, Taylor established himself in the first team as the club's first choice goalkeeper and remained there for the reminder of the season. Ahead of a new season, Taylor signed a new contract with the club.[17]

International career[edit]

Taylor was called up to the Wales under-21 squad at the age of 17 in 2008. He was subsequently identified by manager Brian Flynn to be one of the country's most promising future prospects.[18]


  1. ^ "QPR swoop for Chelsea goalkeeper". BBC Sport. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rhys Taylor". Chelsea F.C. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gradi awaiting Taylor arrival". Sky Sports. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Crewe overcome hitch to sign goalkeeper Rhys Taylor". BBC Sport. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Taylor deal nears completion". Yahoo! Sports. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Chelsea goalkeeper Rhys Taylor joins Crewe on loan". BBC Sport. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Tonight's Teams.....". Crewe Alexandra F.C. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Crewe earn flattering win". Sky Sports. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Crewe Alexandra extend Rhys Taylor loan from Chelsea". BBC. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Millers land 'keeper". Rotherham United F.C. 2 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Rotherham United extend Rhys Taylor's loan from Chelsea". BBC Sport. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Blues keeper set for exit". Sky Sports. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Rhys Taylor transferred from Chelsea to Southend United on a free transfer". Soccerfame. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "One in, one out at Deepdale". Sky Sports. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Murphy, Gorman, Evans & Taylor join Macclesfield Town". BBC Sport. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Ebbsfleet Utd 0-4 Macclesfield". BBC Sport. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Macclesfield Town: Rhys Taylor returns to Conference Premier club". BBC Sport. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  18. ^ Peter Shuttleworth (26 March 2009). "Flynn's fledgling factory". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 

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