Chris Taylor (footballer)

Chris Taylor
Personal information
Full name Christopher David Taylor[1]
Date of birth 20 December 1986 (1986-12-20) (age 24)
Place of birth Oldham, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current club Oldham Athletic
Number 18
Youth career
0000–2005 Oldham Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005– Oldham Athletic 259 (33)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:37, 13 September 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher David Taylor (born 20 December 1986 in Oldham, Greater Manchester) is an English professional footballer who plays for Oldham Athletic in League One. He primarily plays as a midfielder. In March 2009, he signed a contract extension with Oldham to keep him with the club until 2012.

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Career

Taylor, who is a lifelong Oldham fan, signed a professional contract with his hometown club, where he had been a trainee, on 1 August 2005.[2] He made his debut for the club in a 3–0 home win over Nottingham Forest in the 2005–06 season, during which he made a further thirteen league appearances. In the 2006–07 season he made 51 appearances.[3]

On 3 March 2007, Taylor scored his first professional goal in a 1–1 draw with Carlisle United.[4] After waiting 51 games for his first goal, Taylor then scored twice in a 4–0 demolition of Doncaster Rovers in his next game.[5] He then made it four goals from three games with a goal against Leyton Orient in his next game.[6] In April 2007 he signed a new three year contract until summer 2010.[3]

On 2 June 2008, the Oldham Chronicle reported that Oldham had, the week before, rejected a bid for Taylor by Championship club Blackpool. Newly promoted Doncaster Rovers were also linked with a possible offer[2] and it was claimed that Oldham had placed a £500,000 price tag on Taylor.[7]

Early in Oldham's 2008–09 campaign, Taylor scored a double in a 2–0 victory over Leeds United.[8] Several weeks later on 20 September, he scored another double in a 3–3 draw with Hartlepool United.[9] On 18 March 2009, he signed a new contract for Oldham, extending his contract with the club until 2012. After signing the deal Taylor told the club website: "Everyone knows Oldham is where I want to be, I love playing for this club. "There has always been speculation but all I want is to play for Oldham."[10] His season was cut short, however, when he picked up an ankle injury during a morning training session on 21 April.[11] On 26 April, Taylor was named to League One's Team of the Year, along with teammate Neal Eardley.[12]

On 8 June 2009, both the Oldham Chronicle [13] and Yorkshire Evening Post[14] reported that Leeds United were preparing to make a bid of over £500,000 for Taylor.

2009/2010 proved to be a difficult season for Taylor, injuries massively hindered a season in which he struggled to find the form with which he had impressed with in the previous season and managed only a single goal. However, with Paul Dickov installed as manager at the start of the 2010/11 season, Taylor was given a more advanced role and along with the club made an impressive start to the campaign. Following an impressive first half of the season in which he managed 6 goals, Scunthorpe United made a bid for Taylor believed to be around £250,000 in January 2011. The bid was rejected by Oldham.

A poor second half of the season saw Oldham's play off push fall away in 2011, yet the season proved a successful one individually for Taylor as he finished as the club's top scorer with 11 league goals.

Career Statistics

England
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Play-Offs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2011-12 Oldham Athletic League One 18 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 - - 22 1
2010–11 League One 42 11 1 0 1 0 1 0 45 11
2009–10 League One 32 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 34 1
2008–09 League One 42 10 2 1 2 0 0 0 46 11
2007–08 League One 42 5 4 0 2 0 2 0 50 5
2006–07 League One 44 4 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 50 4
2005–06 League One 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Total 234 32 12 1 6 0 5 0 2 0 259 33

Honours

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. http://www.findmypast.co.uk/birth-indexes-search-start.action. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  2. ^ a b Yarwood, Michael (2008-06-02). "Staying Put! Latics reject Blackpool’s bid for Taylor". Oldham Chronicle. http://www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/sports-news/SPORTM01.html. Retrieved 2008-06-02. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Chris Taylor profile". Oldham Athletic A.F.C.. http://www.oldhamathletic.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10337~30217,00.html. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Carlisle 1–1 Oldham". BBC Sport. 2007-03-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_2/6392521.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  5. ^ "Oldham 4–0 Doncaster". BBC Sport. 2007-03-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_2/6414927.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  6. ^ "Leyton Orient 2–2 Oldham". BBC Sport. 2007-03-17. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_2/6437239.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  7. ^ "Pool eye £500k Wes replacement". Blackpool Gazette. 2008-06-03. http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/sports-news/Pool-eye-500k-Wes-replacement.4144182.jp. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  8. ^ "Report: Taylor bags Elland double". Oldham Athletic AFC. 2008-08-16. http://www.oldhamathletic.premiumtv.co.uk/page/MatchReport/0,,10337~43716,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  9. ^ "Hartlepool 3–3 Oldham". BBC Sport. 2008-09-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_2/7614004.stm. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  10. ^ "Taylor signs new Oldham contract". BBC Sport. 2009-03-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/o/oldham_athletic/7950863.stm. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  11. ^ "Taylor out for season". Oldham Athletic AFC. 2009-04-21. http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/page/NewsUpdate/0,,10337~1634778,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  12. ^ "League One Team of the Year". Sky Sports. 2009-04-26. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11719_5244834,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  13. ^ "Leeds target Taylor swoop". Oldham Cronicle. http://www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/news-features/10/oldham-athletic-news/25089/leeds-target-taylor-swoop. 
  14. ^ "Whites tinker with Taylor". Yorkshire Evening Post. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/leedsunited/Leeds-United-Whites-tinker-with.5343017.jp. 

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