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Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor
Norwich Career: 1979, 1988-1989 (34 appearances, 8 goals)
Current Club: Retired
Date of Birth: 14/11/1953 
Nationality: English


Alan Taylor shares a footballing fact with Graham Paddon and Robert Fleck in that he has spent two periods of his career at Carrow Road. What is amazing about Alan's achievement is that there was eight years in between these spells in yellow and green. Alan's career has taken him all over Britain and even to Canada.

He began as an apprentice with Preston in October 1969 but was released and drifted into non-league football with Lancaster City and Morecambe. He signed for Rochdale in May 1973 and played 55 games for them, scoring five times. His goalscoring ratio impressed West Ham United who signed him for £40,000 in November 1974. This sum was repaid with two goals in the 1975 FA Cup final victory against Fulham. 25 goals in 98 league games was an impressive tally and inspired Norwich to spend £90,000 on him in August 1979.

An injury in his fourth league game saw him released by Norwich. He joined Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps playing for them in the summer months. In the meantime, he played for English league sides Cambridge, (1980,18 games, 4 goals), Hull City (1983,14 games, 3 goals), Burnley (1984, 64 games, 23 goals) and Bury (1986, 62 games, 10 goals).

Released by Bury in April 1988, he played for Norwich City reserves in pre-season friendlies that summer in an attempt to regain match fitness. He impressed the City management and signed a monthly contract in October 1988 becoming registered in November 1988. A regular in the reserves, Alan's few first team appearances brought his grand total to 34 games (9 as substitute) and 8 goals. His contract was cancelled in July 1989 and he moved into East Anglia's amateur football scene with Bury Town (Bury St Edmunds), Thetford Town (where he became manager) and Dereham. He has since worked as a milkman and ran a newsagents in Norwich for 16 years. According to the matchday programme for thew West Ham vs Norwich game on 1st January 2013, Taylor moved to Bradenham where he works 20hrs per week in a newsgents and also works as a pall-bearer for the local funeral directors Littleproud & Sons. He also does corporate hospitality at West Ham.

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