Neil Taylor (footballer)
Taylor playing for Wales in 2016
|Full name||Neil John Taylor|
|Date of birth||7 February 1989|
|Place of birth||St Asaph, Wales|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 3 January 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 October 2016
Neil John Taylor (born 7 February 1989) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a defender for Championship club Aston Villa and the Welsh national team. Born to a Bengali mother from India, he is one of a relatively small number of British Asians in professional football.
A former Manchester City trainee, he began his career with Wrexham in 2007 and moved to Swansea City for an initial £150,000 in 2010, going on to make 179 appearances for the Swans. He joined Aston Villa in January 2017 as part of a swap for Jordan Ayew.
Taylor made his full international debut for Wales in 2010, and has since earned over 30 caps. He was part of their squad which reached the semi-finals at UEFA Euro 2016, and also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics on home soil.
Taylor began his career at Manchester City, but left the club at the age of 15. He instead moved to Wrexham at the age of 16, progressing through the youth system at the club, signing a professional contract in July 2007. He made his professional debut on 28 August 2007 in the second round of the League Cup, as a 79th-minute substitute for Eifion Williams in a 0–5 home loss to Aston Villa at the Racecourse Ground. On 22 September, he made his league debut, starting in a 2–1 League Two loss at Stockport County, crossing for the opening goal by Marc Williams. He finished the 2007–08 season when he made 27 league and cup appearances. He signed an extension to his contract on 13 March 2008, keeping him at Wrexham until 2010. Wrexham finished the season with relegation out of The Football League.
On 7 October 2008, Taylor scored his first career goal, in a 3–1 home win over York City in the Conference Premier, a match in which he was captain, and followed it up with another in a 5–0 rout of Eastbourne Borough on 20 December. His only other Wrexham goal came in his last appearance on 10 April 2010, volleying to conclude a 2–0 win at relegated Grays Athletic.
At the end of the 2009–10 season, Taylor joined Football League Championship side Swansea City on a free transfer. A fee of £150,000 plus 10% of any future profit was agreed between the two clubs just before entering a professional footballers compensation committee tribunal on 30 September 2010. He made his Swans debut on 21 August, as a half-time substitute for Albert Serrán in a 2–0 defeat at Norwich City. He had played 15 league games, due to injuries and suspensions, before spraining his ankle against Reading on 1 January 2011. He made his return on 19 February against Doncaster Rovers, the same week where both he and captain Garry Monk became fathers. On 12 May, in the Championship play-off semi-final first leg against Nottingham Forest, Taylor was sent off after 53 seconds for a high challenge on Lewis McGugan, with the match ending in a goalless draw.
His impressive form then sparked a £1m-plus bid from Newcastle United that summer, but he committed himself to the Swans instead with a contract extension. That paid off for both player and club as Taylor again enjoyed a successful season in helping the Swans to 11th spot in their first Premier League campaign.
Taylor suffered a broken ankle in the game against Sunderland on 1 September 2012 after falling awkwardly during a challenge on Craig Gardner in the early stages of the game and was ruled out until the end of the season. On 14 December 2012, Taylor signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Swansea, lasting until 2016.
In late February, Taylor returned to full training after six months out with injury. Shortly before his return, Swansea City won the League Cup Final following a 5–0 win over League Two side Bradford City. In late April, he played 80 minutes for Swansea City U21s as part of his rehabilitation. Taylor made his first senior appearance since his injury as a substitute for Ben Davies in a 2–0 loss against Chelsea on 28 April 2013. After the match, he expressed relief at his return to the first team.
After Taylor's return, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup described the battle for the left-back slot between Taylor and Davies as "a beautiful problem for a manager to have". Following the transfer of Davies to Tottenham Hotspur in 2014, Taylor reestablished himself as first choice left-back for Swansea. Taylor signed a new four-year contract in June 2015, tying him to the club until 2019.
After his position as Swansea's left back was challenged by Stephen Kingsley and Martin Olsson, on 31 January 2017 Taylor joined Championship side Aston Villa along with an estimated £5 million in exchange for Jordan Ayew.
Taylor was also eligible for India through his mother. He made his debut for Wales on 23 May 2010 in a friendly against Croatia at the Stadion Gradski vrt, replacing Andy Dorman for the final 23 minutes of the 2–0 loss; he and Mark Bradley had been promoted from the under-21 team in an emergency. In May 2011, he played two games at the Nations Cup in Dublin.
On 9 September 2014, in Wales' first match of UEFA Euro 2016 qualification, he gave away a penalty to Andorra in the fifth minute, converted by Cristian Martínez, but the Welsh fought back for a 2–1 victory. At the final tournament in France, he played every minute as Wales reached a tournament semi-final for the first time. He scored his first international goal in a 3–0 group win over Russia; it was his first senior goal since one for Wrexham at Grays Athletic in April 2010.
Stuart Pearce named Taylor in his 18-man squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as one of three Swansea City players. He played his first game for Great Britain in a friendly against Brazil at the Riverside Stadium on 20 July. He then went on to appear in all of the team's group stage fixtures, helping to secure progression into the knockout stages.
Taylor was born in St Asaph, Denbighshire, and brought up in nearby Ruthin, where he attended Ysgol Brynhyfryd. He is of mixed Welsh-Indian descent; his mother, Shibani Chakraborty, is a Bengali from Kolkata in India, while his father, John Taylor, is British. He lives with his wife Genna and their two children in Killay, Swansea. In a 2016 spring clean, they donated furniture worth thousands of pounds to be sold by the British Heart Foundation. Taylor travels to India to promote football, and has said that due to his name, the population are surprised to learn of his ancestry.
- As of match played 1 May 2016.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
- As of match played 1 July 2016.
As of match played 20 June 2016. Wales score listed first, score column indicates score after each Taylor goal.
|1||20 June 2016||Stadium Municipal, Toulouse, France||31||Russia||2–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2016|
- "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 1 February 2013. p. 33. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- "Why is Swansea's Neil Taylor the only British Asian in the Premier League?". Daily Mirror. 13 November 2015.
- "Swans agree terms with Neil Taylor". Swansea City A.F.C. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
- "Neil Taylor". Wrexham F.C. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "Neil Taylor". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "Wrexham 0-5 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- "Stockport 2-1 Wrexham". BBC Sport. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- "Games played by Neil Taylor in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "Wrexham rookies sign new deals". BBC Sport. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "Wrexham 3-1 York". 7 October 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- "Wrexham 5-0 Eastbourne". BBC Sport. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- "Grays 0-2 Wrexham". BBC Sport. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- "Wrexham FC want compensation tribunal after Neil Taylor signs for Swansea City". Daily Post. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
- "Swansea agree Neil Taylor compensation". BBC Sport. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
- "Swansea City turn down £1 million Newcastle bid for Neil Taylor – Football News – Football". WalesOnline. Retrieved 2012-08-18.
- "Swansea defender Taylor out for rest of the season with broken ankle". Goal.com/en. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
- "Neil Taylor signs fresh Swansea deal". BBC Sport. 14 December 2012.
- "Manager Michael Laudrup sets Swansea Premier League target". BBC Sport. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "Bradford City 0–5 Swansea City". BBC Sport. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "Michael Laudrup says Neil Taylor is close to first-team return". Sky Sports. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "Chelsea 2–0 Swansea". BBC Sport. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "Swansea City star Neil Taylor relieved to finally end eight-month injury nightmare". Wales Online. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "Swansea City rivalry between Neil Taylor and Ben Davies 'a beautiful problem'". Wales Online. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "Neil Taylor signs new contract with Swansea City". BBC Sport. 1 June 2015.
- "Jordan Ayew: Swansea sign Aston Villa forward in Neil Taylor swap deal". 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
- "Croatia 2-0 Wales". BBC Sport. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- "Wales 2-0 N Ireland". BBC Sport. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- "Gareth Bale double rescues feeble Wales from embarrassment in Andorra". The Guardian. Press Association. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
- Lowe, Sid (22 June 2016). "Neil Taylor's goal completes journey from Portakabin to Paris". Retrieved 8 July 2016.
- "London 2012 Olympics: Stuart Pearce names Team GB football squad". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-08-18.
- Fletcher, Paul (20 July 2012). "BBC Sport – Team GB suffer defeat by Brazil". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-18.
- Williams, Aled (9 June 2016). "Euro 2016: Wales players in the eyes of their families". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 21 June 2016.
- "Euro 2016: Wales defender Neil Taylor's wife predicts winners with sticker book". BBC Sport. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- "Football in India is growing – Swansea City's Neil Taylor". Goal.com. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "Wales defender with Kolkata roots stamps his class on Euro". The Times of India. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- "Welsh football star Neil Taylor donates thousands of pounds worth of plush furniture to charity". Wales Online. 5 June 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- "Games played by Neil Taylor in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- Williams, Tony; Wright, James, eds. (2009). Non-League Club Directory 2010. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 156–157. ISBN 978-1-869833-66-4.
- Williams, Tony; Wright, James, eds. (2010). Non-League Club Directory 2011. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 154–155. ISBN 978-1-869833-68-8.
- "Games played by Neil Taylor in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- "Games played by Neil Taylor in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- "Games played by Neil Taylor in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- "Games played by Neil Taylor in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- "Games played by Neil Taylor in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
- "Games played by Neil Taylor in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- "Taylor, Neil". National Football Teams. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Neil Taylor (association football player).|