Peter Taylor (footballer born 1953)

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Peter Taylor
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Personal information
Full namePeter John Taylor
Date of birth(1953-01-03) 3 January 1953 (age 60)
Place of birthRochford, England
Playing positionWinger
Club information
Current clubEngland under-20 (manager)
Gillingham
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1970–1973Southend United75(12)
1973–1976Crystal Palace122(33)
1976–1980Tottenham Hotspur123(31)
1980–1983Leyton Orient56(11)
1983Oldham Athletic (loan)4(0)
1983–1984Exeter City8(0)
Total388(87)
National team
1976England4(2)
Teams managed
1986–1990Dartford
1993–1995Southend United
1995–1996Dover Athletic
1996–1999England U21
1999–2000Gillingham
2000–2001Leicester City
2000England (caretaker)
2001–2002Brighton & Hove Albion
2002–2006Hull City
2004–2007England U21
2006–2007Crystal Palace
2007–2008Stevenage Borough
2008–2009Wycombe Wanderers
2010–2011Bradford City
2011–2012Bahrain
2013–England U20
2013–Gillingham
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
 
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Peter Taylor
Taylor, Peter.jpg
Personal information
Full namePeter John Taylor
Date of birth(1953-01-03) 3 January 1953 (age 60)
Place of birthRochford, England
Playing positionWinger
Club information
Current clubEngland under-20 (manager)
Gillingham
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1970–1973Southend United75(12)
1973–1976Crystal Palace122(33)
1976–1980Tottenham Hotspur123(31)
1980–1983Leyton Orient56(11)
1983Oldham Athletic (loan)4(0)
1983–1984Exeter City8(0)
Total388(87)
National team
1976England4(2)
Teams managed
1986–1990Dartford
1993–1995Southend United
1995–1996Dover Athletic
1996–1999England U21
1999–2000Gillingham
2000–2001Leicester City
2000England (caretaker)
2001–2002Brighton & Hove Albion
2002–2006Hull City
2004–2007England U21
2006–2007Crystal Palace
2007–2008Stevenage Borough
2008–2009Wycombe Wanderers
2010–2011Bradford City
2011–2012Bahrain
2013–England U20
2013–Gillingham
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter John Taylor (born 3 January 1953 in Rochford, Essex) is an English football former player and current manager of Gillingham. He has been the manager of Dartford, Southend United, Dover Athletic, Gillingham, Leicester City, Brighton and Hove Albion, Hull City, Crystal Palace, Stevenage Borough, Wycombe Wanderers and Bradford City, leaving the last role in February 2011. He also had two spells as head coach of the England under-21 team and took charge of the England national team for one game. He recently managed England under-20 team in 2013. Outside of England, Taylor was the head coach of the Bahrain national football team.

During his time as a player with Crystal Palace during the 1970s, Taylor became one of the few players to have been selected for the senior England team when not playing in the top two flights of a domestic league.

Playing career[edit]

Taylor enjoyed a successful playing career as a winger, playing for Canvey Island,[1] Southend United, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient and Oldham Athletic, as well as winning four international caps for England in 1976 (despite being at Third Division Palace at the time).

Taylor made his England debut as a substitute versus Wales and scored the winning goal in the 80th minute of that game. He scored his second international goal against the same opponents in the next match that he played.[2] Taylor was the last English footballer to score two goals in his first two international games before Rickie Lambert repeated the feat in 2013.[3]

In total Taylor made 388 league appearances and scored 87 goals, including more than 100 appearances for both Tottenham and Crystal Palace for whom he scored 64 goals combined. He also played for Maidstone United.[citation needed]

After his playing career ended, Taylor embarking on a career as a coach and manager.

Management career[edit]

Early management[edit]

Taylor became player manager at non-league club Dartford. In his four seasons there, club attendances rose from 400 to around 1000, he won the Southern Cup twice and each season he was there Dartford scored more than 100 goals. Taylor's first managerial role in the Football League was at Southend United. He spent two years between 1993 and 1995 as manager, but quit at the end of the 1994–95 season after failing to get them beyond the middle of the Division One table. Taylor took on the job as manager of Conference club Dover Athletic in 1995–96 season and guided the club to 20th, enough to stave off the threat of relegation as only two clubs were relegated that season.

England U-21[edit]

He agreed and signed a two-year contract at Dover in May 1996 but was to leave the club only two months later after being asked by then England boss Glenn Hoddle to manage the England under-21 side. His record was 15 played; 11 won, 3 drawn and 1 defeat. In this time, England finished ninth in 1998 European Championship and qualified for the 2000 finals comfortably, winning every match without conceding a goal. But with 3 matches to play, Taylor was replaced in a controversial manner by Howard Wilkinson, who won the next two matches. The three goals conceded in the 3–1 defeat to group runners-up Poland were the only blemish on the team's qualifying record. England under Wilkinson later got knocked out in the group stage of the finals, winning against Turkey but losing to Slovakia and champions Italy.

Gillingham[edit]

Taylor returned to club management at the beginning of the 1999–2000 season with Gillingham, and at the end of the season guided them to victory over Wigan Athletic in the Division Two play-off final which marked the Kent club's promotion to the upper half of the English league for the first time in their history. During this season he also guided the Gills to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after impressive wins over Premiership opposition in Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday (a brace of 3-1 home wins), before losing 5–0 away to Chelsea in the last eight.

Leicester City[edit]

A few weeks later he left the club to take charge at Leicester City in the Premier League. He had an excellent start at the East Midlands club and they went top of the league on 1 October 2000. They stayed at the top of the league for two weeks (Taylor having been voted Premier League Manager of the Month for September 2000) and were in contention for a UEFA Cup place for well over half a season, but nine defeats from their final 10 games sucked them down to 13th place in the wake of a shock defeat by Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup quarter-final.[4]

After a terrible start to the 2001–02 season, Taylor was sacked on 30 September 2001.[5]

England[edit]

In November 2000, whilst managing Leicester, Taylor was appointed caretaker manager of England for one match. For that game, a 1–0 defeat to Italy in the Stadio Delle Alpi in Turin on 15 November 2000, Taylor looked to youth. He handed David Beckham the captain's armband for the first time, and used six players then still eligible for the Under-21s; Gareth Barry, Jamie Carragher, Kieron Dyer, Rio Ferdinand, Emile Heskey and Seth Johnson.

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

After being sacked by Leicester, he returned to management within two weeks to take charge at Brighton & Hove Albion whose previous manager Micky Adams had become the new assistant manager of Leicester City. Taylor guided Brighton to the Division Two championship (marking their return to the upper half of the English league after 11 years) but resigned from his job at the end of the season, citing a low budget and the delay to the new stadium.[6]

Hull City[edit]

In November 2002 Taylor was appointed manager of Hull City who were weeks away from their move to the 25,404-seat KC Stadium. A mid-table finish was followed in 2003–04 by promotion as Division Three runners-up. They finished League One runners-up the following season, 2004–05, and thus reached the Football League Championship in the 2005–06 season – their first appearance at that level since 1990–91, and they finished 18th in the league.

England U-21 (second spell)[edit]

Taylor had returned to manage England's U-21 team for a second spell in 2004, combining the role with his job at Hull. England comfortably progressed from their qualification group for the 2006 finals but lost to eventual semi-finalists France in a play-off over two legs. He initially retained his position after joining Crystal Palace, and the team qualified for the 2007 finals. However, he left in January 2007 as the new senior manager, Steve McClaren, wanted the England U-21 manager's role to be a full-time position. Taylor's record in competitive fixtures in his second spell with the U21s was 16 played; 9 won, 5 drawn and 2 lost.

Crystal Palace[edit]

Taylor on the sidelines as Wycombe Wanderers' manager.

Success at Hull drew attention from other clubs, and Taylor returned to former club Crystal Palace in June 2006 after Palace agreed a £300,000 compensation package with Hull. He only lasted 16 months at Selhurst Park as he was sacked in October 2007 after a run of poor form left the Eagles hovering dangerously above the bottom three.[7]

Stevenage Borough[edit]

A few weeks after his departure from Palace, Taylor was appointed manager of Conference team Stevenage Borough in November 2007.[8] His first purchase in this role was Junior Lewis, a player he had previously brought into five other clubs (Dover, Gillingham, Leicester, Brighton and Hull).

On 28 April 2008, Taylor left Stevenage Borough after 6 months in-charge when his short-term contract ran out and he had failed to get them into the end of season play-offs. They finished the season in 6th place, 22 points behind the champions, having been in 3rd place and just 4 points off top spot when he first took charge.

Wycombe Wanderers[edit]

On 29 May 2008, he became Wycombe Wanderers manager, following the resignation of Paul Lambert after their failure to reach the League Two play-off final.[9] He signed Junior Lewis yet again, this time as first team coach.[10] Taylor had a successful start to the 2008–09 season as Wycombe went on an 18 game unbeaten run in the league with promotion to League One being secured on the final day of the season. However, he was dismissed on 9 October 2009 after Wycombe's slow start to the League One season.[11]

Bradford City[edit]

On 16 February 2010, Taylor replaced Stuart McCall to become manager of League Two side Bradford City initially on a three-month contract until the end of the 2009–10 season. Junior Lewis was employed as first team coach, working with assistant manager Wayne Jacobs and youth team coach David Wetherall. Taylor signed a one year contract at Bradford the day before Bradford played Northampton.[12] In January 2011, Taylor turned down an offer from Premier League Newcastle United to be assistant to their new manager Alan Pardew.[13] After three successive defeats later in the month, Taylor came under pressure but vowed to carry on, saying: "I'm not a fool, I can tell that I'm probably not the most popular manager Bradford City's ever had. I'm not prepared to walk away, I'm prepared to take this difficult job head on."[14] City's run of poor form continued and the following month, Taylor and City parted company by mutual consent; although the announcement came before City's game with Stockport County, Taylor remained in charge for one final time.[15]

Bahrain[edit]

On 11 July 2011, the Bahrain Football Association signed Taylor to train the national football team. Just a few months later he led Bahrain to winning the 1st GCC Games in Manama, the first time Bahrain's national team had won a regional competition in their history. Bahrain beat arch rivals Saudi Arabia 3–1 in a one-sided final. Taylor received a lot of praise from the players, fans and officials for his achievement.

Two months later, Taylor successfully led the Bahrainian team to clinch football gold in the 2011 Arab Games in Doha, beating Jordan 1–0 in the final with a last-gasp goal by striker Ismail Abdullatif.[16]

Asked in April 2012 about the arrest and torture of up to 150 pro-democracy athletes, including three of his players, Taylor told reporters: "Don't go there. You're getting boring."

FIFA had to investigate a match after Bahrain defeated Indonesia 10–0.

He was sacked on 17 October 2012 after a 2–6 loss to United Arab Emirates in a friendly match.

England U-20[edit]

On March 2013, Taylor was appointed as the England national under-20 football team manager on a 2-month contract, to lead the team who had qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.[17] In the finals, England under Taylor were knocked out in the group stages, drawing with Iraq and Chile, and losing to Egypt; England finished bottom of their group.[18]

Return to Gillingham[edit]

In October 2013 Taylor was appointed Gillingham manager for the second time, on an interim basis, following the club's sacking of Martin Allen. On the eleventh of November, he was appointed full time manager by Chairman, Paul Scally, with a contract lasting until the end of the season.[19]

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Southend United

As a manager[edit]

Dartford

Gillingham

Brighton & Hove Albion

Hull City

Wycombe Wanderers

Bahrain

Arab Games

GCC Games

Managerial statistics[edit]

Updated to 30 November 2013.[20][21]
TeamNatFromToRecord
GWDLWin %
Southend UnitedEnglandAugust 1993February 19958427164132.14
England U-21sEnglandJuly 1995June 1999301371043.33
GillinghamEnglandJuly 1999June 20006234121654.84
Leicester CityEnglandJune 2000September 2001541992635.19
EnglandEnglandNovember 2000November 20001001&00.00
Brighton & Hove AlbionEnglandOctober 2001May 2002382111655.26
Hull CityEnglandOctober 2002June 200618477505741.85
England U-21sEngland2004January 20071692556.25
Crystal PalaceEnglandJune 2006October 20076021162335.00
Stevenage BoroughEnglandNovember 2007April 2008321341540.63
Wycombe WanderersEnglandMay 2008October 20094619171041.30
Bradford CityEnglandFebruary 2010February 2011461872139.13
BahrainBahrainJuly 2011October 20122076735.00
England U-20sEnglandMarch 20133021&00.00
GillinghamEnglandOctober 20131041540.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hayward, Paul (11 December 2000). "FA Cup: Canvey Island sink but not without trace". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 May 2008. 
  2. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/sep/11/the-knowledge-questions-answered
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23998677
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Nixon, Alan (1 October 2001). "Taylor is sacked by Leicester". The Independent (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Taylor resigns in frustration at stadium delay
  7. ^ "Crystal Palace boss Taylor sacked". BBC Sport. 8 October 2007. Retrieved 8 October 2007. 
  8. ^ "Stevenage name Taylor as new boss". BBC Sport. 1 November 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2007. 
  9. ^ "Wycombe name Taylor as new boss". BBC Sport. 29 May 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  10. ^ "Wycombe bring in Lewis as coach". BBC Sport. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008. 
  11. ^ Wycombe and Taylor part company
  12. ^ "Peter Taylor is named as Bradford City's new manager". BBC Sport. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Bradford City boss Taylor rejects Newcastle interest". BBC Sport. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Bradford City manager Peter Taylor vows to fight on". BBC Sport. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Peter Taylor to leave Bradford City". Telegraph & Argus. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  16. ^ Peter Taylor, new bahrain head coach
  17. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/21768127
  18. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23115611
  19. ^ http://www.gillinghamfootballclub.com/news/article/permanent-manager-appointed-1168764.aspx#VpT00arV1cSUpKuO.99. Gillingham F.C website. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  20. ^ "Peter Taylor". Soccerbase. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  21. ^ http://www.thefa.com/england/mens-u20s/Results

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