Robert Taylor (footballer)
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|Full name||Robert Anthony Taylor|
|Date of birth||30 April 1971|
|Place of birth||Norwich, England|
|1991||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||3||(1)|
|2001||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||3||(0)|
|2001–2002||→ Gillingham (loan)||11||(0)|
|2002||→ Grimsby Town (loan)||4||(1)|
|2004||King's Lynn (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Robert Anthony Taylor (born 30 April 1971) is an English former professional football player, coach and licensed football agent.
Born in Norwich, Taylor played for Watton United's youth team from the age of 7. He was first spotted after playing for Watton United's first team at the age of 15 against Norwich City's reserves in a pre-season friendly.
A forward, Taylor failed to make a first-team appearance for Norwich, making his professional debut in 1991 whilst on loan at Leyton Orient. He spent the summer of 1990 with Norwegian side FK Mjølner gain further experience.
In 1991 Taylor signed for Birmingham City where he also failed to make the first team. He then signed permanently former loan club Leyton Orient where he scored 20 goals in 73 league appearances, before moving to Brentford where he scored 56 goals in 180 league appearances.
In 1998, he signed for Gillingham for a then club-record fee of £500,000. Playing under manager Tony Pulis Taylor enjoyed the best goal scoring run of his career, totalling 33 goals in 61 league games. This included 5 goals away in a single game, away to Burnley in February 1999. Taylor played and scored in the 1999 Second Division play-off Final against Manchester City.
Taylor remained with the club until November 1999 when he signed for Manchester City for £1.5 million. Playing for the club as it gained promotion from the First Division, he scored 5 goals in 12 league appearances.
In 2000, he signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers for £1.55 million on a four-year deal, commenting that City's signings of Paolo Wanchope and George Weah meant his playing time would be limited at the club. He only made 9 first team appearances for Wolves, suffering with then undiagnosed circulatory problems in his legs. Whilst at the club he was sent on loan to Queens Park Rangers, Grimsby Town and his former club Gillingham.
He also went on to play for non-League club Gorleston.
In 2016 Taylor launched a football agency, TG-Inspire.
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