Matt Taylor (footballer, born 1982)
Taylor warming up for Charlton Athletic in 2013
|Full name||Matthew James Taylor|
|Date of birth||30 January 1982|
|Place of birth||Chorley, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Defender, Goalkeeper|
|2013||→ Colchester United (loan)||5||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:06, 31 December 2016 (UTC).
Early career as a goalkeeper
Taylor began his career as a goalkeeper playing for Preston North End Boys before being a member of the Everton U17 Academy. He joined Burscough and, alongside brother Joe, played in the club's finest hour – their 2003 FA Trophy final win 2–1 over Tamworth. The game was played at Aston Villa’s Villa Park in front of more than 14,000 spectators and was televised live on Sky; the club had started their FA Trophy campaign that year rated at 400–1 to win the silverware. However, it would be his final game for the club as he and a number of other senior players left the club following the departure of the manager Shaun Teale.
After an unsuccessful trial with Lincoln City in July 2003, he joined Rossendale United before moving to Matlock Town, a club his uncle Neil Fairclough had previously played for, at the end of September. He debuted for the club in the 4–0 victory at Ossett Town on 27 September 2003. and his signing coincided with the club going on a run that took them to the top of the Northern Premier League Premier Division table before eventually finishing as runners-up to Hucknall Town; Taylor was named the club's player of the season.
In June 2004, Matlock Town's manager Ernie Moss moved to Hucknall Town and he swiftly returned to his former club to sign Taylor and also his brother Joe who had been with Worksop Town. On 31 March 2005 he joined Halifax Town until the end of the season but did not make an appearance for the club.
Conversion to a centre back
Taylor combined his playing career with life as a student at Sheffield Hallam University where he played as a centre back, representing the university in the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) championship games, catching the eye of the Team Bath manager Ged Roddy, who picked him to play as a defender in the England Universities team at the 2006 British Universities Games. He joined Team Bath in the summer of 2006 to play as a centre back whilst studying for a Diploma in Fitness Excellence at the University of Bath. Taylor enjoyed a successful season at the heart of the team's defence being named Players’ Player of the Year as the team finished runners-up in the Southern League Premier Division, missing out on promotion to the Conference South after losing 1–0 to Maidenhead United in the play-off final.
In June 2007 he completed a move to Exeter City. He signed a new contract with the club in December, which would expire in 2010. He featured in the Conference play-off final for Exeter, which was won 1–0 and finished the season with 46 appearances and scored nine goals. He played in the club's first game on their return to the Football League, which finished as a 1–1 draw with Darlington.
Taylor signed a two-year contract for Charlton Athletic on 1 July 2011, moving on a free transfer from Exeter City. In August 2011 he was appointed vice-captain by manager Chris Powell. He quickly established himself in the centre of defence alongside Michael Morrison, and scored his first goal for the club in FA Cup 4–0 away win at FC Halifax, in November 2011. He was released by Charlton at the end of the 2012–13 season.
On 1 August 2013, Taylor signed for Bradford City on a two-year deal. After three appearances for the Bantams and just one league game under his belt, Taylor joined fellow League One club Colchester United on a one-month loan deal on 20 September.
On 6 July 2015 Taylor joined League Two Newport County. he made his debut for Newport on 26 September 2015 as a second-half substitute in the 1-0 win over Carlisle United. He was released by Newport on 1 February 2016.
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