Robert Taylor (footballer)

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Robert Taylor
Personal information
Full name Robert Anthony Taylor
Date of birth (1971-04-30) 30 April 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Norwich, England
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Watton United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Norwich City 0 (0)
1991 Leyton Orient (loan) 3 (1)
1991 Birmingham City 0 (0)
1991–1994 Leyton Orient 73 (20)
1994–1998 Brentford 180 (56)
1998–1999 Gillingham 61 (33)
1999–2000 Manchester City 12 (5)
2000–2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 (0)
2001 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 3 (0)
2001–2002 Gillingham (loan) 11 (0)
2002 Grimsby Town (loan) 4 (1)
2002–2003 Grimsby Town 1 (0)
2003 Scunthorpe United 8 (0)
2004 Gorleston 1 (0)
Total 366 (116)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Watton United
2004 King's Lynn (caretaker)
2004–2008 Dereham Town
2008–2012 Diss Town
2013 Mundford
2016 Swaffham Town
2017 Acle United
* 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.

Playing career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] He only made 9 first team appearances for Wolves, suffering with then undiagnosed circulatory problems in his legs.[4] Whilst at the club he was sent on loan to Queens Park Rangers, Grimsby Town and his former club Gillingham.

Leaving Wolves in 2002 he then signed permanently for Grimsby, before ending his professional career with Scunthorpe United.

He also went on to play for non-League club Gorleston.

Managerial career[edit]

Taylor moved into management with Watton United, King's Lynn (as caretaker manager),[6] Dereham Town,[7] Diss Town,[8] Mundford and more recently Swaffham Town.[9]

Personal life[edit]

As a child Taylor supported Liverpool, citing Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush as his inspiration.[1]

In 2016 Taylor launched a football agency, TG-Inspire.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BBC - Norfolk - Junior Football - Robert Taylor interview". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  2. ^ "Boss ready to fill defensive hole". www.dissexpress.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  3. ^ Deepdale, By Ian Winrow at (1999-05-17). "Gills equal to the task". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  4. ^ a b Ivery, Daniel (2012-12-27). "Where are they now? Robert Taylor". birminghammail. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  5. ^ "TAYLOR SIGNS FOR WOLVES". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  6. ^ "Banana skin alert". www.lep.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Dereham Part Company With Management Team - News - Soham Town Rangers FC". www.pitchero.com. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  8. ^ "Football: Taylor named Diss manager". www.dissexpress.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  9. ^ "Thurlow Nunn League Swaffham Town appoint former Manchester City striker as their new boss". Watton and Swaffham Times. 2016-05-09. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  10. ^ "www.tg-inspire.co.uk". TG-Inspire. Retrieved 2016-12-10.