Scott Taylor (footballer, born 1976)
|Full name||Scott James Taylor|
|Date of birth||5 May 1976|
|Place of birth||Chertsey, Surrey, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|1997–1998||→ Rotherham United (loan)||10||(3)|
|1998||→ Blackpool (loan)||6||(2)|
|2006–2008||Milton Keynes Dons||50||(5)|
|2007||→ Brentford (loan)||6||(0)|
|2007||→ Rochdale (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:23, 25 September 2008 (UTC)|
Taylor started his professional career at Millwall where he played 28 games before being signed by Bolton for £150,000 in March 1996. Taylor failed to break into the Bolton side and only managed to score three goals in all competitions. One of these goals came in the memorable 6-1 League Cup win over Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, when Bolton were in the second tier. After loan spells at Rotherham United and Blackpool, he signed for Tranmere Rovers in October 1998 for a fee of £350,000. Taylor played over 100 games for Tranmere in almost three years and played the full 90 minutes in the 2000 Football League Cup Final before signing for Stockport County on a free transfer in July 2001.
His stay at Stockport was short lived, and he signed for Blackpool, this time on a permanent deal, in January 2002. It was at Blackpool that Taylor enjoyed the most successful part of his career to date, scoring 61 goals in all competitions in a two-year spell. In 2002 he started and scored in the final as Blackpool won the 2001–02 Football League Trophy. His goalscoring record resulted in a £100,000 transfer to Championship side Plymouth Argyle. "I had a great time at Blackpool," he said shortly after the move south. "I got on really well with the fans and, whatever anyone says, was sad to go. It was because of serious issues in my personal life at the time, and it was forced upon me. Things are finally looking up now and I hope both us and Blackpool stay up – I certainly think with Simon Grayson in charge they will beat the drop."
On 8 March 2007, Taylor signed for Brentford in a one-month loan deal. He made six appearances (three as a substitute) without scoring, before returning to MK Dons at the end of the loan spell. He then went out on loan again to Rochdale in late 2007.
Grays Athletic announced on 18 January 2008 that, Taylor signed for the Blues until the end of the 2007–08 season. The striker's first goals for the club came on his third appearance, in the form of a hat-trick in the Conference League Cup against Welling United, on 29 January 2008.
On 7 July 2008, it was confirmed Taylor had signed for Conference National newcomers Lewes. Manager Kevin Keehan told BBC Southern Counties Radio: "He's a very intelligent footballer and brings other people into the game. "He will create as well as score. I couldn't be happier we've signed him."
On 2 May 2009, Taylor came on as a substitute and scored the only goal of Staines Town's Isthmian League Premier Division play-off final against Carshalton Athletic. Taylor came on and scored in extra time after Staines goalkeeper Louis Wells saved a penalty in normal time to clinch promotion to the Conference South.
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- "Seasiders relish return to scene of past success". Independent. 25 March 2002. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
- "Blackpool's Taylor joins Plymouth". BBC Sport. 30 December 2004.
- Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2.
- "Dons sign Plymouth striker Taylor". BBC Sport. 17 January 2006.
- "MK Dons 3–0 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 11 February 2006.
- "Bees capture Dons' Taylor on loan". BBC Sport. 8 March 2007.
- "Rochdale capture MK Dons' Taylor". BBC Sport. 18 October 2007.
- Player News, graysathletic.co.uk
- Welling United vs. Grays Athletic, 29 January 2008 – Match Details, graysath-online.com
- "Lewes snap up experienced striker". BBC Sport. 7 July 2008.
- Scott Taylor back at Staines, StainesNEWS.co.uk
- Sam Elliott (10 May 2009). "Star corner". The Non-League Paper. p. 7.
- Scott Taylor at Soccerbase