Alan Taylor shares
a footballing fact with Graham Paddon
and Robert Fleck
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