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Bob Taylor

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Position Striker
Born 03 Feb 1967, Horden (England)
Height 177 cm
Weight 81 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 27 Mar 1986 23 Mar 1989 54 13 £175000
Bristol City 23 Mar 1989 31 Jan 1992 126 58 £300000
West Bromwich Albion 31 Jan 1992 08 Jan 1998 281 113 £0
Bolton Wanderers 08 Jan 1998 23 Mar 2000 96 27 £90000
West Bromwich Albion 23 Mar 2000 31 May 2003 96 18 £0
Cheltenham Town 31 May 2003        

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1985 - 1986 2   0   0   0   0  
1986 - 1987 2   0   1(1) 1 0   2  
1987 - 1988 27(5) 9 1   4 2 0   2 1
1988 - 1989 2(4)   0   0   0   0(1)  
Total 33(9) 9 1   5(1) 3 0   4(1) 1

Jabba's Comments

Bob Taylor was picked up from Horden Colliery Welfare in 1986 and looked to be a useful, hardworking forward. He finished leading scorer for the reserves in his first season for the club, but his return of 13 goals in 54 games for Leeds wasn't that brilliant - although he was frequently a sub or replaced himself. Howard Wilkinson sold him on to Bristol City as part of the deal that brought Carl Shutt to Elland Road.

Taylor subsequently carved out a decent career for himself at Bristol, West Brom, scoring a few Premiership goals as Bolton tried to stay up, and finally returned to West Brom where he's still playing and still scoring. In 2001-02 he spent most of the season on the bench but still came on and scored some vital goals - including one in the final victory over Palace - as the Baggies put together an incredible run of victories to overcome a massive deficit and overtake Wolves and clinch promotion at the death. Back in the Premiership for one final time, he struggled with fitness and injury throughout the season and after having one start and two sub appearances early on, didn't figure in the side until the final day of the season when Gary Megson allowed him one last start against Newcastle to give the Baggies fans a chance to say farewell to their hero on the pitch.

After being released by West Brom in summer 2003, he joined up with Cheltenham Town in Division 3 and has already got himself among the goals. At the start of the summer, Cheltenham boss Bobby Gould denied that such a move would happen, and said: "I spoke to Bob a couple of weeks ago but I've had no contact with him since then. I've spoken to a lot of players in the last couple of weeks." Not that anyone believes anything managers say... Injury problems dogged him in his season with Cheltenham, and after being released during summer 2004, Bob moved on to play with Tamworth in the Conference for 2004-05.

Tony Lloyd says: As a baggy fan I can say that Bob has always been a favorite. His hard working tenacity means that what is lacking in skill is made up for in effort. Be sad when he finally hangs up his boots. I met him once when I was match ball sponsor. He seemed a real nice guy, concerned with his own failures rather than gloating over his then position of Top Scorer.

Dave Woodward says: Super Bob - he still glows with pride when he pulls on the West Brom shirt.

Lucy says: i met bob taylor a couple of times and i can honestly say he is one of the nicest and down to earth people you can meet

Mark says: Bolton fan here, Super Bob is one of the best professionals around and is a role model for a lot of younger players. Always knew where the net was and his professionalism could not be faulted.

Andy says: Another baggies fan here - without doubt Bob Taylor is an Albion hero. I've met him twice and he always seemed to have time for everybody - a thoroughly nice bloke. It's a shame he didn't get to play often in the Prem - if anyone deserved to it was Bob. I wish him well with his future - if he ends up at Cheltenham I'll go and see him play every once in a while - he still knows where the goal is!

Chris says: Bob Taylor will always be a hero to us Baggie fans. He helped to get us promoted twice and saved us from relegation when returning from Bolton. On the few occasions that I have spoken to Bob, he always struck me as a really nice bloke. I wish him well for the future and he knows he is always welcome at the Hawthorns.A real hero.

Bob Taylor says: Bob Taylor,quality.

Ed Symonds says: I was fortunate enough to see all of Bobs' games for Bristol City. A bargain signing, his quality and honest endeavour won over all City fans with ease. Never a diver, whinger or cheat, Bob always played with his heart on his sleeve. Not just a goal-line poacher, Bob also had the rare ability to score from anywhere (the final goal of his hat-trick against Crewe in 1990 was a 30 yard belter!!!). Glad to see that he has found a new club, and I hope that he is as much of a success at Cheltenham as he has been elsewhere!

Ben says: Super Bob is the hero of my generation of baggies fans. I started going to games when i was about 8 which was around the same time that super bob joined the club. At the age of 18 in the albions last premiership game when bob was taken off, i cried. He was a real hero and is already sorely missed.

Harry Matthews says: Super bob the man and the legend iv grown up as a boy wotching the best playing days of his career and wotched him iluminate his status of one of the games true legends and will forever be rememberd amoungst the wba faithful

Dave Clayton says: Newcastle fan here. I was at Dene House school in Peterlee with Bob Taylor, he was Robert back then. He was a hardworking footballer even then, and its great to see where he got to. Me and him made a stand to spank Easington school at cricket. Result!

anon says: super super super bob

Gary Silk's Son 1960-1994 says: Bob Taylor is a legend in his own time, my father was very good friend of his. And every one at West Brom will have time for one of their favourite sons of and on the pitch.I remember going to a West Brom game I believe it was against colchester in 1993/94 season my father was chating with Stuart Naylor the WBA goal keeper back then and he offered to take me in the dressing room and meet some of the players, Bob had come in the dressing room from the game just played and was covered in mud he was in the bath and still gave me his time to sign my autograph book-Thats the kind of bloke he was. quality bloke all the best bob, from Luke Silk and family. x says: Bob Taylor is a true professional both on the pitch and off the pitch. Hardworking gentleman who's name is cemented in West Bromwich Albion legency. The word legend is often used today but only really applies to players who have dedicated their time to the club and gave 110%, un-like todays modern game and huge salary's. I have met Bob on numerous occasions and wish him all the best at Tamworth FC....... 4D Sports -

Carl Howell says: Bob as always been my all time hero,only met him once in the Vine pub west brom eating his spicy chicken.Always be know as"SUPER BOB" p.s named my cat after U !

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