Talbot in 1978
|Full name||Brian Ernest Talbot|
|Date of birth||21 July 1953|
|Place of birth||Ipswich, England|
|1971||→ Toronto Metros (loan)||10||(2)|
|1972||→ Toronto Metros (loan)||10||(2)|
|1988–1990||West Bromwich Albion||74||(5)|
|1988–1991||West Bromwich Albion|
|1997–2004||Rushden & Diamonds|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Talbot played in midfield for Ipswich Town, Arsenal, Watford, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham and Aldershot of the Football League, for non-league club Sudbury Town, and for the Toronto Metros of the North American Soccer League. He then went into management with West Bromwich Albion, Aldershot, Rushden & Diamonds, Oldham Athletic, Oxford United, and two Maltese clubs, Hibernians and Marsaxlokk.
A midfielder, Talbot began his football career as an apprentice with Ipswich Town in 1968, turning professional in 1972; in the meantime he had spent two seasons on loan with Canadian club Toronto Metros of the North American Soccer League. He made 227 appearances for Ipswich, and won the 1977–78 FA Cup with the club. In the semi-final against West Bromwich Albion, Talbot scored the first goal after seven minutes, but was injured in the act of scoring when he collided head-to-head with Albion's skipper, John Wile. Wile played with a bandaged head for the remainder of the contest while Talbot needed three stitches in a cut above the eye and was unable to continue. In 2013, Talbot was inducted into the Ipswich Town F.C. Hall of Fame.
In January 1979, Talbot moved to Arsenal for a fee of £450,000. He went straight into the first team and played for the Gunners in that year's FA Cup final, scoring in a 3–2 victory over Manchester United; Talbot thus became the first man for more than 100 years to win the FA Cup with two different teams in consecutive seasons. The following year he set a club record, as an ever-present in Arsenal's marathon 70-match 1979–80 season; the club reached the finals of both the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup, but lost them both.
Talbot's impressive stamina and fitness meant he missed "at most, a handful" of Arsenal first-team matches. In all, the strong and sturdy midfielder played 327 first-team matches for the Gunners, scoring 49 goals, and was voted in at number 23 in a 2016 poll of Arsenal's greatest 50 players.
He left Arsenal in June 1985 and joined Watford. He spent a season and a half at Vicarage Road before joining his old Ipswich Town team-mate Mick Mills at Stoke City in October 1986. His presence helped inspire the side as Stoke climbed the table and fell six points short of a play-off place. In 1987–88 he made 27 appearances before he left in January 1988 for West Bromwich Albion. After three years with the club, more than two of which were spent in a player-manager role, Talbot ended his Football League career with spells on non-contract terms with Fulham in March 1991 and then with Aldershot, and finished his playing career with Sudbury Town of the Eastern Counties League.
Talbot played as an over-age player in England's first match at under-21 level, a goalless friendly with Wales in December 1976. He made his senior debut on 28 May 1977, as a second-half substitute in a 2–1 win against Northern Ireland in the 1976–77 British Home Championship, and his first start on 4 June in the same competition against Scotland at Wembley. He started England's next three matches, on a South American tour later in June. Between 1978 and 1980, he played eight matches for England B, scoring three goals, and made his sixth and final senior appearance – the only one he made as an Arsenal player – in May 1980 against Australia in Sydney.
Talbot's managerial debut came with West Bromwich Albion, where he served as player-manager from February 1989 to January 1991. His tenure started well, with the side challenging for promotion. But a collapse during the final weeks of the 1988–89 season meant they failed even to qualify for the playoffs. The following season saw the team only narrowly survive in the Second Division, and the struggle continued into the 1990–91 season. Talbot was dismissed by Albion after a 4–2 FA Cup defeat at the hands of non-league Woking; the team ended the season with relegation to the Third Division for the first time ever. After leaving Albion, he joined Fulham and played five times in the Third Division, scoring once, before being appointed player-manager of Fourth Division strugglers Aldershot, who were deep in debt. After a dismal start to the 1991–92 season, Talbot left the Shots in November 1991 and was succeeded by Ian McDonald; four months later the club went bust and were forced out of the Football League. Talbot then led Maltese Premier League club Hibernians to the league title in 1993 and 1994.
He returned to English club football as part of the coaching staff of Rushden and Diamonds, then in the Football Conference, in 1997. After a spell as head coach he was appointed club manager before the start of the 1999–2000 season. At the end of the 2000–01 season Rushden secured promotion to the Football League under his management. The team reached the Division Three playoffs in 2002 but lost in the final. In their second season in the League they secured the 2002–03 Division Three title, but were relegated the following season, Talbot having left the club in March 2004 after seven years to take over at Oldham Athletic.
Talbot succeeded in keeping Oldham in Division Two in 2004, then the following season he took them into the third round of the FA Cup, in which the Latics produced a shock result to beat local Premier League team Manchester City 1–0 thanks to a goal from Scott Vernon. But results in the League were not the same: following a defeat to Bolton Wanderers, the team went on a seven-match losing streak which led to Talbot's departure by mutual consent on 24 February 2005 following a 5–1 defeat at Bristol City. He signed a two-year contract as manager of Oxford United before the final game of the 2004–05 season. After an unsuccessful stint in charge, Talbot was sacked in mid-March 2006 with the team 22nd in League Two, having not won since 2 January and destined to lose their League status at the end of the season.
Talbot made a quick return to management in Malta with Marsaxlokk, and guided them to the domestic league title and a place in the UEFA Champions League. Following a disappointing start to the 2008–09 Maltese Premier League season, Marsaxlokk appointed former Msida Saint-Joseph manager Patrick Curmi as the club's new head coach on 17 December 2008. Talbot remained with the club until early 2011 in the role of technical director.
As a player
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Ipswich Town||1973–74||First Division||15||3||1||0||0||0||2||0||18||3|
|Toronto Metros (loan)||1971||NASL||10||2||–||–||–||10||2|
|Stoke City||1986–87||Second Division||32||3||5||1||0||0||0||0||37||4|
|West Bromwich Albion||1987–88||Second Division||15||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||2|
As a manager
|West Bromwich Albion||2 November 1988||8 January 1991||114||34||39||41||29.82|
|Rushden & Diamonds||1 March 1997||8 March 2004||341||163||88||90||47.80|
|Oldham Athletic||10 March 2004||25 February 2005||55||20||14||21||36.36|
|Oxford United||6 May 2005||14 March 2006||44||10||16||18||22.73|
As a player
As a manager
Rushden & Diamonds
- Ipswich Town F.C. Hall of Fame: 2013
- League Two Manager of the Month: November 2002, March 2003
- "Brian Talbot". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Brian Talbot". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- Harding, John. "The Brian Talbot Years: 1984–88". Professional Footballers' Association. Archived from the original on 4 January 2004.
- "Players: Stuart–Trotter" (PDF). Watford Football Club archive 1881–2016. Trefor Jones. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "North American Soccer League Players: Brian Talbot". nasljerseys.com. Dave Morrison. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Player A–Z: Brian Talbot". prideofanglia.com. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- Ferguson, Blair (25 January 2015). "The Ex-Files: Brian Talbot". twtd.co.uk. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- Garnham, Nick (12 March 2008). "Brian paid the price for moment of glory". Ipswich Star. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- Pearce, Steve (12 April 2013). "Hall of Fame: Talbot, Brazil and Stockwell added to roll of honour at Town". Ipswich Town F.C. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Greatest 50 Players – 23. Brian Talbot". Arsenal F.C. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Defining moments: Brian Talbot". Arsenal F.C. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Brian Talbot". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
- "Brian Talbot". League Managers Association. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- Brammer, Chris (1 May 2013). "Ipswich Town Hall of Fame star recalls glory days". East Anglian Daily Times. Ipswich. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "England's matches: the under 21's: 1976–1990". englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Brian Talbot". englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- Courtney, Barrie (22 May 2014). "England – International Results B-Team – Details". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Brian Talbot". The Football Association. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Stars in stripes: 1990/91". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
Suart, Paul (13 July 2016). "West Brom: The forgotten Hawthorns chapter that was the making of potential England boss Big Sam Allardyce". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Aldershot FC 1926–1992 (liquidated)". Aldershot Town F.C. Archived from the original on 6 December 2010.
- Baldacchino, Carmel (5 February 2015). "Talbot leads Hibs, Marsaxlokk to glory". Times of Malta. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Rushden & Diamonds Football Club History". Rushden & Diamonds F.C. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2017 – via rdfc1992.com.
Nisbet, John (11 March 2004). "Talbot takes Oldham offer after quitting Diamonds". The Independent. London. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- Whittell, Ian (9 January 2005). "Vernon's cool finish puts freeze on City". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Oldham results 2004/05". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
"Boss Talbot leaves Boundary Park". BBC Sport. 24 February 2005. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Talbot takes over". Oxford United F.C. 6 May 2005. Archived from the original on 7 May 2005.
- "Talbot dismissed as Oxford boss". BBC Sport. 14 March 2006. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
Crabtree, David; Williams, Chris; Brodetsky, Martin (15 February 2012). "Oxford United FC history". Oxford United F.C. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Curmi replaces Talbot at Marsaxlokk". UEFA. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- Gourley, Aaron (24 February 2017). "Fulham owner makes football operations appointments". fcbusiness.co.uk. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- Broadbent, Rick (31 January 2005). "Day to forget for Talbot". The Times. London. Retrieved 12 September 2010. (Registration required (. ))
- Brian Talbot profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)