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Matt Taylor

Matthew Simon "Matty" Taylor (born 27 November 1981 in Oxford) is an English association football who plays for West Ham United F.C.. Matt Taylor is noted for Matt Taylor powerful long-range strikes.

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Matt Taylor biography

Matthew Simon "Matty" Taylor (born 27 November 1981 in Oxford) is an English association football who plays for West Ham United F.C.. Matt Taylor is noted for Matt Taylor powerful long-range strikes.

Club career

Early career

Matthew Taylor, whose father, Simon, is an architect, grew up in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, near Oxford, and was a keen schools and boys football player, winning the Vale of the White Horse Schools Cup in 1995 at under-13 level, and reaching the final of the Oxfordshire County Schools Cup in the same year, with John Mason School and Matt Taylor also played for Matt Taylor primary school, Rush Common School. Matt Taylor played for Quarry, based in Headington, who were managed by Matt Taylor father. They participated in the Oxford Boys League, which they won on several occasions apart from the 1993–94 season, when they were pipped to the title by arch-rivals, Witney Vikings.

Luton Town

Matt Taylor began Matt Taylor career at Luton Town F.C., making Matt Taylor debut at the beginning of the 1999–2000 season. Matt Taylor soon made the left wing-back slot Matt Taylor own and won the Young Player of the Year award in Matt Taylor first ever season as a professional. Matt Taylor success at Luton came after an initial trial at Matt Taylor local side, Oxford United F.C..


Matt Taylor impressive displays led to interest from Premier League clubs, but Matt Taylor instead decided, in July 2002, to sign for Football League First Division side Portsmouth F.C. for £750,000. The fee was set averting the need for a tribunal, causing Luton manager Joe Kinnear to lament: "at least Dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask".

Usually playing as a left wing-back in a 3–5–2 formation, Matt Taylor speedy breaks down the left flank in support of the attack were a feature of Portsmouth's play as they won the Football League First Division title in May 2003. As well as being a regular in the team during the season, Matt Taylor also scored seven goals in the League.

An injury picked up in the later stages of the previous season meant that Taylor was unavailable for the start of Portsmouth's first Premiership season. After returning to fitness, Taylor struggled to win Matt Taylor place in the side back due to the side's good early season form and Harry Redknapp's switch to the 4–4–2 formation. Taylor eventually won a place in the Pompey team at left back, where Matt Taylor was a regular in the second half of the 2003–04 season and appeared to be regaining form. Despite failing to score a league goal in Matt Taylor Premiership debut season, Taylor did hit the equaliser in an FA Cup tie at Anfield on 15 February 2004, when Matt Taylor ran the length of the pitch to celebrate with the supporters after a forceful right-footed finish at the Kop End.

Taylor's first Premiership goal came against Middlesbrough on 1 February 2005. The summer signing of David Unsworth from Everton F.C. meant Taylor only became a regular in the side in the second half of the season.

New manager Alain Perrin utilised Taylor as a left midfielder during the 2005–06 season. On 29 October 2005, Matt Taylor scored from 40 yards at Sunderland A.F.C. Stadium of Light, winning the BBC Goal of the Month (England). Spotting the Goalkeeper (association football) Kelvin Davis off Matt Taylor line, Taylor hit a dipping left-footed half-volley over Davis' head and into the back of the net. Portsmouth had been trailing Sunderland 1–0 in the crucial "six pointer" but Taylor inspired a second half comeback with two goals and two assist (football) in a 4–1 victory. When Harry Redknapp returned, Taylor initially retained Matt Taylor attacking role but the arrival of Andrés D'Alessandro on loan and Redknapp's disapproval of Perrin's left-back, Grégory Vignal, meant that Taylor returned to full-back for the latter stages of the season. 2005–06 could be considered Taylor's breakthrough season as a Premiership footballer. In all Matt Taylor played 34 league games, scoring six goals. Two of these were crucial penalties; one in the last minute against Sunderland A.F.C. to secure a 2–1 win, and another in an away game at Wigan Athletic F.C. on 29 April 2006 to clinch another 2–1 win and survival from relegation.

Matt Taylor good form for Portsmouth brought interest from Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and Fulham F.C., but Matt Taylor signed a long term contract with Portsmouth in July 2006. In the 2006–07 season, Taylor was a regular in the Portsmouth side on the left of midfield. Despite the team's good form, it took until early December for Matt Taylor to score Matt Taylor first league goal, in a game against Aston Villa F.C.. Matt Taylor then added a second from the penalty spot in the same match before going on to score spectacular volleys in the next two games against Everton and Arsenal F.C..File:Matthew Taylor.png game in 2008

Matt Taylor first-half goal against Manchester United F.C. at Fratton Park in April 2007 sent Portsmouth on their way to a 2–1 victory over the Premier League champions. Matt Taylor final goal for Portsmouth was a penalty kick in August 2007, in a 3–1 win over Bolton Wanderers, the club Matt Taylor moved to five months later.

Bolton Wanderers

After losing Matt Taylor place in the Portsmouth team to Niko Kranjčar in the first half of the 2007–08 season, Taylor moved to Bolton Wanderers F.C. on Thursday 17 January 2008 for an undisclosed fee, after rejecting an offer from Sunderland A.F.C.. On 29 March 2008 Taylor scored Matt Taylor first goals for Bolton with a brace in the 3–2 home defeat to Arsenal F.C.. On 11 May 2008 Taylor scored Matt Taylor first away goal for Bolton with a last minute equaliser, gaining Bolton a 1–1 draw against Chelsea F.C. on the last day of the Premier League 2007–08. In July 2008, having previously worn number 32, Taylor was given the number 7 shirt previously worn by Stelios Giannakopoulos. Taylor scored the 50th goal of Matt Taylor career in a 3–1 win at West Ham United F.C. on 5 October 2008 and reached double figures in the league for the first time when scoring against Chelsea F.C. on 11 April 2009.

West Ham United

On 23 July 2011, Taylor signed for West Ham United F.C. for an undisclosed fee. Matt Taylor made Matt Taylor competitive debut on 7 August 2011 in 1–0 home defeat to Cardiff City F.C. and scored Matt Taylor first goal in West Ham's 4-3 win over Matt Taylor former club, Portsmouth, on 10 September.


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