Tommy Taylor (footballer, born 1951)

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Tommy Taylor
Personal information
Full nameThomas Frederick Taylor
Date of birth (1951-09-26) 26 September 1951 (age 69)
Place of birth Hornchurch, Essex, England
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
1966–1970 Leyton Orient 114 (4)
1970–1979 West Ham United 340 (8)
1977Team Hawaii (loan) 19 (0)
1979–1982 Leyton Orient 116 (5)
1982–1983 Beerschot 27 (0)
National team
1971–1973 England U23 13 (0)
Teams managed
1991 Margate
1995–1996 Cambridge United
1996–2001 Leyton Orient
2001–2002 Darlington
2003 Farnborough Town
2004–2006 King's Lynn
2007 Peterborough United (caretaker)
2007–2008 Boston United
2009–2010 Grenada
2010 CD Torrevieja
2011 Belper Town
2013–2014 PS Kemi Kings
2015–2016 Fløy
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Frederick Taylor (born 26 September 1951) is an English football manager and former footballer. As a footballer, he played as a defender. He is the director of football for Histon.


Playing career

Taylor played for Leyton Orient, helping them to promotion to Division Two, and captained the England youth team. He won 13 caps for the England Under-23 team, but never made a senior appearance.

Taylor joined West Ham United in October 1970 and was a member of the team that won the FA Cup in 1975. In 1977, he played for Team Hawaii of North American Soccer League from May to August of this year on loan from West Ham. [1] He returned to Orient in 1979 after losing his place in the Hammers side to Alvin Martin. He played a total of 396 games and scored eight goals for the Hammers.

Taylor had a spell in Belgium with K Beerschot. [2]

Managerial career

Taylor joined Charlton Athletic as youth coach. He moved into football management in New Zealand for three years, then joined Maidstone United as a coach in 1989.

Taylor became youth team manager at Cambridge United in 1993 and went on to manage the first team in 1995. A year later, he returned to Brisbane Road to manage Leyton Orient.

In 2001, after five years at the club, he left Orient and joined Darlington, leaving in October 2002. Taylor then joined Conference side Farnborough Town, officially taking on the manager's role in May 2003.

In November 2004, Taylor was appointed manager at King's Lynn. In 2006, he joined rivals Peterborough United as assistant to Keith Alexander. At the time of his departure King's Lynn were top of the Southern League. [3] On 15 January 2007, following the departure of Alexander, he was appointed caretaker manager. [4] With the job going to Darren Ferguson five days later, Taylor became number two once again, after overseeing one loss for the club.

In July 2007 he left Peterborough to become manager of Boston United, who had recently been double-relegated from League Two to the Conference North. [5]

Taylor was appointed manager of the Grenada national football team in May 2009. [6] His first game in charge of Grenada was friendly against Panama on 10 June 2009. Taylor contacted Blackburn Rovers'Jason Roberts, Leeds United's Jermaine Beckford and Southampton F.C.'s Bradley Wright-Phillips in the hope of convincing the players to become eligible for Grenada. [7] He led Grenada to their first CONCACAF Cold Cup in 2009. [8]

He joined CD Torrevieja, in Alicante, Spain, as Director of Football, in January 2010 but left three months later.[ citation needed ]

In May 2011 he was appointed as manager of Belper Town. [9] In September of that year Taylor resigned as Belper manager after a poor start to the season which saw them exit the FA Cup to lower level opponents. [10]

In 2013, Taylor was appointed as a manager of PS Kemi Kings who play in the Kakkonen, Finland's third tier. [11]

In June 2019, Taylor was appointed as director of football for Histon. [12]

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