peter taylor - fact file

1976 - 1980      winger

Born on 3rd January 1953 in Rochford, Essex, England.

Height : - .m  (5' 7")

Weight : -  - kgs  (11st 7lbs)


Peter Taylor was a speedy winger, who added goal scoring to his talents and made a good career from his ability to both provide and take chances.  It could have all started at White Hart Lane had Tottenham not rejected him as a young player.

Taylor played for Canvey Island Schools and South East Essex Schools, before being taken on by Southend United.  Gained notoriety as a gifted youngster, winning promotion to the Third Division with the Shrimpers in 1972 and it was Crystal Palace who first took a chance on the winger at a higher level.  His play was a major factor in the Eagles winning the Third Division title and reaching the FA Cup semi-final in 1975.

Peter was chosen to represent England at Youth and U21 and he went on to win four caps scoring twice and was perhaps unlucky not to win more caps with his country.  His selection for the full England side was notable, as he was still a Third Division player at the time and not many made the leap into the national side from there.

His daring runs with the ball and the knack of knocking it into the net resulted in him signing for Tottenham Hotspur in 1976, just as the team were about to be relegated, but his play helped Spurs to promotion the following season back to the top flight.  His pace allowed him to quickly change defence into attack, as he often dropped back to help out the back four and he had a trademark sliding tackle, which almost always saw him emerge with the ball at his feet.  Peter was a crowd favourite, as his dribbling excited them, but also because he gave 100% each game and was happy to chase back.  He was one of those players who looked like a kid who just couldn't play enough football.

Taylor developed a reputation as a joker and perfected an uncanny impersonation of Norman Wisdom, which was regularly aired on The Big Match.

On retirement from the game went into management and was successful at many of the clubs he served - Dartford, Dover Athletic, Southend United, Watford (assistant manager), Leicester City, Gillingham, Brighton and Hove Albion, Peterborough United (coach), Hull City, Crystal Palace (sacked on 8th October 2007).  Soon found a new position at Stevenage Borough, where he continued his management career, but only stayed until the end of the season, in which they missed promotion to the League.

Soon found himself in demand, as after giving analytical commentary on the Championship play-off final, he was appointed as manager of Wycombe Wanderers on 29th May 2008.  Stayed at Adams Park, but lasted only 17 months before leaving on 9th October 2009, with the chairman saying Peter's body language over the previous few weeks was not good and he didn't look as happy as he had done previously.

On 17th February 2010, Taylor was handed the job of managing Bradford City until the end of the 2009-2010 season and after a spot of TV punditry with Sky TV, Peter took over as Head Coach of the Bahrain national team in July 2011 (where FIFA looked into a win in match that his side took part in that they won 10-0 against Indonesia).

Following his departure from that post, took England's Under-20 team to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup finals in as manager and on 14th October 2013 was announced as the interim manager of Gillingham, after they sacked Martin Allen.  On 11th November, he was given the job on a permanent basis.

Additionally, he was England Under-21 manager and stepped up to take caretaker control of the senior England side for one game in which he made David Beckham captain.



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Southend United January 1971 ?? ??  75 12
Crystal Palace October 1973 ?? ??  122 33
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR September 1976 400,000 2nd October 1976  v  West Bromwich Albion (First Division) (away) lost 2-4 (scored once) ?? ??
Orient November 1980 150,000 ??  ?? ??
Oldham Athletic January 1983 Loan ??  ?? ??
Maidstone United March 1983 ?? ??  ?? ??
Exeter City October 1983 ?? ??  ?? ??
Heybridge Swifts ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Chelmsford City ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Dartford ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Harlow October 1991 ?? ??  ?? ??

England international
4 full caps;  2 goals
Debut : - March 1976 v Wales (as a sub) (scored once)
4 Under-23 caps; goals
Essex Professional Cup winners medal 1974-75 (Southend United)
- Cup winners medal 19---




Lived in Brentwood.

Won the London Evening Standard Speed Shooting competition in October 1977 when he hit a shot at a 8' x 6' board from 14 yards prior to the Trevor Brooking testimonial at Upton Park.  He recorded a speed of 101.99 m.p.h.

Rocheway the Southend Sunday League club managed by Peter Taylor won promotion to the Premier Division from Division 1.


Pre-match meal :  Steak early in his career; cereal later.
What player of today would you have liked to play alongside ; Wayne Rooney
Which player from your playing days would have been worth 30 million today :  Don Rogers (Swindon Town and Crystal Palace)
Favourite away ground :  Elland Road
Most memorable game :  For Crystal Palace v Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup 5th round, where I scored twice.
When were you at your best ? :  1975-76 when Palace won the Third Division, got to the FA Cup semi-final and I was picked to play for England.
Most difficult opponent ? :  Kenny Sansom, a clever defender, who did not dive in.
Hardest opponent ? :  Ken Knighton or Norman Hunter.
What was in your first pay packet ? :  6.50 at Southend United in 1970
How would your Spurs side do in the Premier League ? :  The 1976-1980 side would have finished about 10


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