|Full name||Andrew Talbot|
|Date of birth||19 July 1986|
|Place of birth||Barnsley, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Right back
|2007||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||3||(1)|
|2009||→ Chesterfield (loan)||17||(2)|
|2015||→ Plymouth Argyle (loan)||9||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:26, 13 May 2015 (UTC).
Andrew "Drew" Talbot (born 19 July 1986) is an English footballer who currently plays for Chesterfield. A versatile player, Talbot predominantly plays at right back or on the right wing. He has occasionally played at left back and as a left winger, and can be utilised as a striker.
Talbot started his career at Sheffield Wednesday, promoted through the academy in 2003–04. Often used as a substitute, he scored five goals in Wednesday's 2004–05 promotion season including one against Hartlepool in Cardiff in the Football League One play-off final.
The following season proved a disappointment for Talbot, as a back injury ruled him out for most of the year. After his impressive first full season at Hillsborough, he was not to play again until September 2006, where he made a substitute appearance against Derby County in a 2–1 home defeat. During the January 2007 transfer window, Talbot signed on loan to League One side Scunthorpe United, scoring one goal against Doncaster Rovers in three games. However, his loan deal was cut short as he was instead transferred to Luton Town for a fee of £250,000.
He made his debut for Luton on 27 January 2007 against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup. Talbot scored his first goal for Luton on his home league debut against his old club Sheffield Wednesday on 20 February 2007, as well as forcing former team-mate Tommy Spurr to score an own goal. Despite a decent goal return he was unable to stop Luton avoiding relegation.
After an epic performance against Liverpool he was labelled the "Ginger Maradona". Plymouth Argyle reportedly bid for Talbot and his strike partner Calvin Andrew. Talbot himself turned down a move to Italian side Brescia on transfer deadline day.
Talbot suffered a serious knee injury in March 2008 against Cheltenham Town. He returned to full training in November 2008, and made eleven appearances for Luton in the 2008–09 season, but scored no goals.
On 27 January 2009, he joined Chesterfield on loan until the end of the season, as one more league appearance for Luton would have resulted in a wage rise for Talbot. His debut came the next day, in the starting line up for a 2–1 win against Exeter at Saltergate. Three days later, he scored against Notts Country to give Chesterfield victory. In total, Talbot played seventeen games in his loan spell, scoring twice.
On 29 July 2009, Talbot joined Chesterfield on a two-year contract after failing to agree to a new deal at Luton. In his first full season at the club he scored ten goals in all competitions, as Chesterfield narrowly missed out on a play-off position.
At Chesterfield, Talbot has been moved from the striker position and is preferred as a right back/right winger by manager John Sheridan. Having spent the first half of a disappointing season for the Spireites at right back, he moved forward again to the wing position after the loan signing of James Hurst, ending a 17 match run without a win and qualifying for the final of the Football League Trophy.
Talbot signed a new two-year contract in the summer of 2013.
Talbot suffered a groin injury during the close season in 2014, which led to a long injury layoff. He made his first appearance of the 2014–15 season on 27 January 2015, replacing Tendayi Darikwa in the 80th minute of Chesterfield's 3–0 home win over Crawley Town. On 30 January, in an attempt to regain match fitness, Talbot joined Plymouth Argyle on loan until the end of the season, reuniting him with former Chesterfield manager John Sheridan. He made his debut the following day, playing 68 minutes of Plymouth's 3–2 defeat at Hartlepool United.
Talbot was recalled by Chesterfield on 16 March, having played nine games for Plymouth. The following day, he played the full 90 minutes of Chesterfield's 3-0 win over Gillingham.
On 22 May, Talbot signed a one-year extension to his Chesterfield contract.
- Football League One play-offs (1) 2004–05
- Chesterfield FC
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