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FRANK TALIA
(Goalkeeper)
Born: 20 July 1972
Where:Melbourne,
Australia
Joined Wycombe: August 2002 on a three month contract.
This was extended five times before he was rewarded with a contract until June 2005. This was extended again in May 2005 until June 2007.
Wycombe Debut: Bristol City 3 Wycombe 0 - 24 Aug 2002 - Div Two
Frank Talia
Career Details (* indicates loan spell)
Stats up to the end of the 2004/5 season.
Date Club League
Apps
League
goals
Cup
Apps
Cup
Goals
Aug1992-Sep1995 Blackburn Rovers - - - -
Dec1992 Hartlepool(*) 14 0 1 0
Sep1995-Aug2000 Swindon Town 107 0 11 0
Sep2000-May2001 Sheffield United 6 0 0 0
2002-2003 Wycombe Wanderers 38 0 3 0
2003-2004 Wycombe Wanderers 17 0 4 0
2004-2005 Wycombe Wanderers 45 0 5 0
2005-2006 Wycombe Wanderers 35(0) 0 4(0) 0
2006-2007 Wycombe Wanderers 0(0) 0 0(0) 0
Background: The 6'1" Aussie was signed by Lawrie Sanchez after the Wycombe Manager failed to agree the wage demands of Ian Feuer who played one game for Wycombe pre-season July 2002. Sanchez wanted cover for Martin Taylor after Wanderers' first choice 'keeper missed all of pre-season through injury. The situation was further complicated by the fact that the Wycombe boss had loaned out Reserve Team 'keeper Mark Osborn on a season long deal to Farnborough Town. Talia agreed his move to Wycombe after training pre-season with Bristol City but believing he had more chance of First Team football at Adams Park. Sanchez told the Bucks Free Press at the time of the signing "I'm pleased to get Frank in. We've now got an experienced keeper who can cover if something goes wrong with Martin." Talia's chance came after Taylor developed a back problem and he continued in goal after Taylor gashed his knee at the Wanderers' training ground. Despite conceeding a number of goals during his few appearances, he looked steady enough to earn a longer contract which he duely gained in February 2003. Dropped a few times under Tony Adams but regained the first choice 'keeper status during 2004/5, culminating in John Gorman awarding him an extended contract.

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