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Born: 9 Dec 1966
Joined Wycombe: Summer 1997
- Free from Derby County
following a short loan spell at the end of the 1996/97 season.
Contracted until May 2004 but announced his retirement in May 2003
Wycombe Debut: Wycombe 3 Shrewsbury 0 - 29 Mar 1997 - Div 2
Final Game: Cheltenham 0 Wycombe 0 - 21 Dec 2002 - Div 2
Career summary at Wycombe
up until end of 2002/2003
What we think: Since
playing on loan at the end of the 1996/97 season, Taylor went on to miss just seven
League games in four seasons, culminating in a clean sweep of the Player of the
Season awards in May 2001. This followed a season where the ex-Derby 'keeper was
not only ever-present with a staggering 63 appearances but also achieved hero
status during the record breaking FA Cup run. The
Fifth Round replay at Selhurst Park is an evening that will never be
forgotten for Taylor and the Wycombe fans who were there. Taylor saved a penalty
in the last minute of normal time and then scored from the spot himself in the
penalty shoot-out. The modest Taylor continued his great form in 2001/2, earning him another Club Player of the Season award and an extended contract.
In stark contract to previous seasons the 2002/3 campaign proved to a difficult one. An early season injury forced Manager Lawrie Sanchez to bring in Aussie 'keeper Frank Talia on a short term contract and it was a number of impressive displays by the ex-Swindon stopper and more injury problems for Taylor that left the former Derby man sidelined. An extended contract for Talia signalled that Taylor was no longer the first choice in the eyes of the Manager and after a short loan spell at Barnsley was cut short by another injury, the shock annoucement was made of his retirement on 16th May 2003.
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