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Maik Taylor


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Maik Stefan Taylor (born 4 September 1971) is a former Northern Ireland international footballgoalkeeper and, since June 2019, goalkeeping coach at Walsall.

British footballer and coach

Maik Taylor

Taylor during 2004 pre-season with Birmingham City
Personal information
Full name Maik Stefan Taylor[1]
Date of birth (1971-09-04) 4 September 1971 (age 50)[1]
Place of birth Hildesheim, West Germany
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Walsall (goalkeeping coach)
Youth career
1985–1990 ASC Nienburg
Princess Marina College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Petersfield Town
Basingstoke Town
1992–1995 Farnborough Town
1995–1997 Barnet 70 (0)
1997 Southampton 18 (0)
1997–2004 Fulham 189 (0)
2003–2004 Birmingham City (loan) 27 (0)
2004–2011 Birmingham City 187 (0)
2011–2012 Leeds United 0 (0)
2012 Millwall (loan) 10 (0)
2012–2013 Millwall 6 (0)
Total 502 (0)
National team
1998 Northern Ireland U21 1 (0)
1999 Northern Ireland B 1 (0)
1999–2011 Northern Ireland 88 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

At club level, Taylor played non-League football for Petersfield Town, Basingstoke Town and Farnborough Town before moving into the Football League with Barnet. He went on to play for Southampton, Fulham, Birmingham City, where he spent eight years before his release at the end of the 2010–11 season, Leeds United and Millwall. In international football, he played for Northern Ireland, qualifying for that country through his British passport which at that time, as he was born abroad, entitled him to play for any of the Home Nations.

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Taylor was born in Hildesheim, West Germany, to a German mother and an English father who was serving as a staff sergeant in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) regiment of the British Army.[2][3] Taylor began his football career at ASC Nienburg of Nienburg, Lower Saxony, in Germany before moving to England as a schoolboy. He later followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the REME based at Arborfield in Berkshire, where he attended Princess Marina College.[4]

He later moved to Bordon in Hampshire where he played football for his regiment and for the Army and Combined Services representative sides.[5] During this period he also played for Petersfield Town, Basingstoke Town and Farnborough Town, with whom he won the Southern League Premier Division title in 1993–94.[4]

In June 1995, he joined Barnet of the Football League Third Division for a fee of £700.[4] Eighteen months later he was signed by Southampton of the Premier League for a fee of £500,000.[4]

Taylor had become a “Saints” fan as a schoolboy so when Graeme Souness brought him to The Dell in January 1997, no-one was more delighted than Taylor himself.[5] Taylor immediately went into the first-team, replacing Dave Beasant, and made his debut on 11 January in a 1–0 victory at Middlesbrough. During his first season at Southampton, the team struggled near the foot of the table, missing relegation by one point, having been in last place with five matches to play.[6]

Souness left the club in the summer of 1997, being replaced by Dave Jones who brought in several new players, including goalkeeper Paul Jones from his previous club, Stockport County. Taylor spent the rest of his time at Southampton on the bench and was sold to Fulham in November 1997.[5]

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