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Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor (born 4 June 1968 in Birmingham) is an English former footballer, best known for his time at Aston Villa.

He became Brian Little's first signing as manager in December 1994, following spells with non-league Moor Green, and league sides Port Vale and Sheffield Wednesday. The transfer from Sheffield Wednesday saw forward Guy Whittingham move in the opposite direction.

He played, and scored, in the Aston Villa side that won the 1996 Coca-Cola cup final 3-0 against Leeds, whilst also netting important goals in Villa's 1997/1998 UEFA cup run, when they would eventually be knocked out to AtlÚtico Madrid on away goals.

A lifelong supporter of Aston Villa, he used to stand on the famous Holte End as a child. It is perhaps for this reason, combined with his utterly committed displays and knack of scoring crucial goals, that he quickly became a fans' favourite.

Ian Taylor
Personal information
Full name Ian Kenneth Taylor
Date of birth June 4, 1968 (1968-06-04) (age 39)
Place of birth    Birmingham, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth clubs
1991-1992 Moor Green
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1992-1994
1994
1994-2003
2003-2005
2005-2007
Port Vale
Sheffield Wednesday
Aston Villa
Derby County
Northampton Town
083 (28)
014 0(1)
234 (28)
081 (14)
066 0(8)   
1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

When Villa played Derby County in a pre-season friendly in 2004, Taylor scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory for Derby and, once they realised who had scored, the cheering from the Villa fans was as loud as that from the Derby fans. Still held in very high esteem by the majority of Aston Villa fans, he has perhaps gained cult status for life when, in October 2005, instead of sitting with the directors and VIPs for the second city derby against Birmingham City at St Andrews, he was amongst the travelling Aston Villa contingent.

Since leaving Aston Villa in the summer of 2003, he has had spells with Championship side Derby County, where he was made captain, and League One outfit Northampton Town, and is now very much in the twilight of his career.

The club and Taylor announced on the 23 April 2007 that the game at home to Huddersfield Town FC would be the last of his career, before retiring as a professional player.[1]. It is known that an army of Aston Villa fans attended this match.

At Aston Villa's away match against Manchester City the day after Taylor's final game, the travelling Villa fans sung "There's only one Ian Taylor".

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