Martin Taylor became
Glenn Roeder's first signing as Norwich
manager when he joined the Canaries on a month's loan from Birmingham
City on 1st November 2007.
was signed by Steve Bruce for the Blues
for £1.25m from Blackburn in 2004, but he is currently out
of the first team picture at St Andrews. Nicknamed Tiny because
of his imposing frame, Taylor featured 38 times for Birmingham
last season, but has made just appearance this term, in the Blues'
Carling Cup defeat to Blackburn in September.
Roeder said: He
is a player who I've followed throughout his career and he will
be an outstanding member of the team while he is with us. Martin
played an important role in Birmingham's promotion to the Premiership
last season and he brings much needed height in both penalty boxes.
Taylor joined Blackburn Rovers as a schoolboy at the age of 14,
signing his first full contract at the start of the 1997-98 season.
Loan spells at Darlington and Stockport served to improve his
self-belief, and in May 2001 he won his first and only cap for
the England U-21 side, as a half-time substitute for John Terry
in a 3-0 friendly win against Mexico U-21
Taylor made his Norwich debut against Ipswich on 4th November
2007 and impressed in central defence in that match and the remaining
four games that he played for Norwich as City began to revive
under Roeder's stewrdship. He even scored in the 3-1 win at Blackpool.
Although Norwich hoped to extend the loan, agreement could not
be met between the two sides and Taylor, nicknamed "Tiny",
returned to Birmingham even though new Blues manager Alex McLeish
had stated that there wasn't a first team place for him. It was
reported that QPR had bid £1million for Taylor. During the
transfer window, Taylor was also linked with Coventry and West
Brom as well as with Norwich but the window closed without "Tiny"
After regaining his place in the Birmingham first team, Taylor
became public enemy number one in Croatia following his tackle
on Arsenal's Eduardo da Silva in March 2008 which will leave the
Croatian international on the sidelines until the end of 2008
Taylor's Birmingham were relegated on the final day of the Premiership
2007/8 campaign despite a win at Blackburn.as Fulham also won.
They won promotion back to the Premiership the following season.
Taylor signed for Watford on 29th January 2010 on a free transfer
from Birmingham City. Taylor had not played for the Blues during
the 2009/10 season but this did not prevent him making an impressive
debut as the Hornets beat Sheffield United 3-0 on 2nd February
Taylor moved to Sheffield Wednesday on 31st August 2012 for an
undisclosed fee, signing a two year contract
On 10th September 2013, Taylor joined Brentford on loan along
with Liverpool midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira. Taylor joined
on a one month agreement, having not featured for the Owls during
the 2013/14 season. He scored on his debut, a 4-3 away win at
Taylor was released by Wednesday at the end of the 2013/14 season and subsequently retired