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Peter Taylor - Tottenham Hotspur FC - Football career at Spurs and England.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 19 August 1978

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      Saturday, 03 January 1953
      Rochford, Essex
  • England
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 2nd October 1976 scoring in a 4-2 defeat at West Bromwich Albion (Aged: 23)
    • Club Career
      116 League apps (+7 as sub), 31 goals

Peter TAYLOR - Tottenham Hotspur FC - Football career at Spurs and England.


Peter Taylor had already appeared 4 times for England as a 3rd Division player when Crystal Palace sold him to Spurs in September 1976. Taylor had made his name in the previous season's FA Cup, when Palace's remarkable run was halted in the semi-final. Keith Burkinshaw paid £200, 000 for the stocky winger and Taylor made his debut on 2nd October 1976 in a 4-2 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, with the England international scoring Tottenham's 2nd goal. 1976-77 was a difficult season for the Essex-born forward to make any real impact in a poor Spurs team, although he did manage to find the net 8 times in his 32 league games. The Spurs team were reduced to few international stars, Taylor being one of only a handful left at the club, and the side were relegated from Division 1, in 22nd position. The powerfully built Taylor proved his worth to the team the following season, missing just 1 league game and scoring on 11 occasions to help Spurs return to the top flight at the first time of asking.


The return to the top flight enabled the club to bring in established stars, such as Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa. With the emergence of the supremely gifted Glenn Hoddle, some of the expectations were lifted from the broad shoulders of Peter Taylor. The flying winger played in 31 of Spurs league games and scored 11 goals. After several years of decline, Spurs consolidated by finishing 11th in the table. Injuries and the emergence of Tony Galvin restricted Taylor's appearances for Spurs during the following two seasons. The ex-England international was to make fewer than 20 more appearances, often as substitute. Taylor's final goal for the London club came from the penalty spot on October 4th 1980, in a 3-2 win at Stoke City. One of Peter Taylor's last games for Spurs was fittingly in a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace in the 3rd round of the League Cup in late September 1980. After 140 appearances and 33 goals for the White Hart Lane club, Peter joined Orient in May 1980 for a fee of £150,000. (Tony Smith)


1971–1973    Southend United    75    (12)
1973–1976    Crystal Palace    122    (33)
1976–1980    Tottenham Hotspur    123    (31)
1980–1983    Leyton Orient    56    (11)
1983             Oldham Athletic (loan)    4    (0)
1983–1984    Exeter City    8    (0)
1984            Maidstone United  
1986             Chelmsford City  
1986–1990    Dartford  


Teams managed.

1986–1990    Dartford (Player-manager)
1993–1995    Southend United
1995–1996    Dover Athletic
1996–1999    England U21
1999–2000    Gillingham
2000–2001    Leicester City
2000             England (caretaker)
2001–2002    Brighton & Hove Albion
2002–2006    Hull City
2004–2007    England U21
2006–2007    Crystal Palace
2007–2008    Stevenage Borough
2008–2009    Wycombe Wanderers
2010–2011    Bradford City
2011–2012    Bahrain
2013             England U20
2013–2014    Gillingham 



Games for England.


A cultured player whose skills had slipped through the scouting network, Peter Taylor was a bright spark of the Third Division who came to prominence when he inspired Crystal Palace to the semi-finals of the 1976 FA Cup, including a stunning individual performance in a fifth round win at Chelsea which prompted Don Revie to take a closer look at the vibrant left winger who had an effective tendency to dart inside and strike long-range goals. Taylor duly scored on his England debut in a 2-1 friendly win over Wales at Wrexham, and then put another away against the same opposition six weeks later in the Home Internationals. He featured in the other two Home Internationals but then didn't travel with the half-experimental squad which took part in the US Bicentennial Tournament. A move to Spurs (he is pictured above playing for the North London club) was expected to enhance his prospects but Taylor completely disappeared off the international radar and the next time he was involved in the full international squad was when he became caretaker manager in November 2000 against Italy and gave David Beckham the captaincy. (Matthew Rudd)