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Peter Taylor
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Personal information
Full name Peter John Taylor
Date of birth 3 January 1953 (1953-01-03) (age 57)
Place of birth Southend-on-Sea, England
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Bradford City (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1973 Southend United 75 (12)
1973–1976 Crystal Palace 122 (33)
1976–1980 Tottenham Hotspur 123 (31)
1980–1983 Leyton Orient 56 (11)
1983 Oldham Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
1983–1984 Exeter City 8 (0)
Total 388 (87)
National team
1976 England 4 (2)
Teams managed
1986–1990 Dartford
1993–1995 Southend United
1995–1996 Dover Athletic
1996–1999 England U21
1999–2000 Gillingham
2000–2001 Leicester City
2000 England (caretaker)
2001–2002 Brighton & Hove Albion
2002–2006 Hull City
2004–2007 England U21
2006–2007 Crystal Palace
2007–2008 Stevenage Borough
2008–2009 Wycombe Wanderers
2010– Bradford City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter John Taylor (born 3 January 1953 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex) is an English football manager. He is the manager of Bradford City of Football League Two. Previously he managed Dartford, Southend United, Dover Athletic, Gillingham, Leicester City, Brighton and Hove Albion, Hull City, Crystal Palace, Stevenage Borough and Wycombe Wanderers, as well as having two spells as head coach of the England under-21 team and also taking charge of the England national team.

Taylor also enjoyed a successful playing career, and during his time with Crystal Palace during the 1970s he was one of the few players to have been selected for the senior England team when not playing in the top flight of a domestic league.


Playing career

Taylor enjoyed a successful playing career as a winger, playing for Canvey Island,[1] Southend United, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient and Oldham Athletic, as well as winning four international caps for England in 1976 (despite being at Third Division Palace at the time), before embarking on a career as a coach and manager. In total he made 388 league appearances and scored 87 goals, including more than 100 appearances for both Tottenham and Crystal Palace for whom he scored 64 goals combined. He also played for Maidstone United.[citation needed]

Management career


Early management

Taylor became player manager at non-league club Dartford. In his four seasons there, club attendances rose from 400 to around 1000, he won the Southern Cup twice and each season he was there Dartford scored over 100 goals. Taylor's first managerial role in the Football League was at Southend United. He spent two years (1993–1995) as manager, but quit at the end of the 1994–95 season after failing to get them beyond the middle of the Division One table. Taylor then took on the job as manager of Conference club Dover Athletic in 1995–96 season and guided the club to 20th, enough to stave off the threat of relegation as only two clubs were relegated that season.

England U-21

He agreed and signed a two-year contract at Dover in May 1996 but was to leave the club only two months later after being asked by then England boss Glenn Hoddle to manage the England under-21 side. His record was 15 played; 11 won, 3 drawn and 1 defeat. In this time, England finished ninth in 1998 European Championship and qualified for the 2000 finals comfortably, winning every match without conceding a goal. But with 3 matches to play, Taylor was replaced in a controversial manner by Howard Wilkinson, who won the next two matches. The three goals conceded in the 3–1 defeat to group runners-up Poland were the only blemish on the team's qualifying record. England got knocked out in the qualifying group stage of the European Championships in 2000 under Wilkinson.


Taylor returned to club management at the beginning of the 1999–2000 season with Gillingham, and at the end of the season guided them to victory over Wigan Athletic in the Division Two play-off final which marked the Kent club's promotion to the upper half of the English league for the first time in their history.

Leicester City

A few weeks later he left the club to take charge at Leicester City in the Premier League. He had an excellent start at the East Midlands club and they went top of the league on 1 October 2000, sparking hopes that he could guide them to the first top division title of their history. They stayed at the top of the league for two weeks and were in contention for a UEFA Cup place for well over half a season, but nine defeats from their final 10 games sucked them down to 13th place in the wake of a shock defeat by Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup quarter-final.[2]

After a terrible start to the 2001-02, Taylor was sacked on 30 September 2001.[3]


In November 2000, whilst managing Leicester, Taylor was appointed caretaker manager of England for one match. For that game, a 1–0 defeat to Italy in the Stadio Delle Alpi in Turin on 15 November 2000, Taylor looked to youth. He handed David Beckham the captain's armband for the first time, and used six players then still eligible for the Under-21s; Gareth Barry, Jamie Carragher, Kieron Dyer, Rio Ferdinand, Emile Heskey and Seth Johnson.

Brighton & Hove Albion

After being sacked by Leicester, he returned to management within two weeks to take charge at Brighton & Hove Albion whose previous manager Micky Adams had become the new assistant manager of Leicester City. Taylor guided Brighton to the Division Two championship (marking their return to the upper half of the English league after 11-years) but resigned from his job at the end of the season because he was frustrated at the club's lack of financial resources.[citation needed]

Hull City

In November 2002 Taylor was appointed manager of Hull City who were weeks away from their move to the 25,404-seat KC Stadium. A mid-table finish was followed in 2003–04 by promotion as Division Three runners-up. They finished League One runners-up the following season, 2004–05, and thus reached the Football League Championship in the 2005–06 season – their first appearance at that level since 1990–91, and they finished 18th in the league.

Crystal Palace

Taylor on the sidelines at Wycombe Wanderers.

Success at Hull drew attention from bigger clubs, and Taylor returned to former club Crystal Palace in June 2006 after Palace agreed a £300,000 compensation package with Hull. He only lasted 16 months at Selhurst Park as he was sacked in October 2007 after a run of poor form left the Eagles hovering dangerously above the bottom three.[4]

England U-21 (second spell)

Taylor had returned to manage England's U-21 team for a second spell in 2004, combining the role with his job at Hull. England comfortably progressed from their qualification group for the 2006 finals but lost to eventual semi-finalists France in a play-off over two legs. He initially retained his position after joining Crystal Palace, and the team qualified for the 2007 finals. However, he left in January 2007 as the new senior manager, Steve McClaren, wanted the England U-21 manager's role to be a full-time position. Taylor's record in competitive fixtures in his second spell with the U21s was 16 played; 9 won, 5 drawn and 2 lost.

Stevenage Borough

A few weeks after his departure from Palace, Taylor was appointed manager of Conference team Stevenage Borough in November 2007.[5] His first purchase in this role was Junior Lewis, a player he had previously brought into five other clubs (Dover, Gillingham, Leicester, Brighton and Hull).

On 28 April 2008, Peter Taylor left Stevenage Borough after 6 months in-charge when his short-term contract ran out.

Wycombe Wanderers

On 29 May 2008 he became Wycombe Wanderers manager, following the resignation of Paul Lambert after their failure to reach the League Two play-off final.[6] He signed Junior Lewis yet again, this time as first team coach.[7] Taylor had a successful start to the 2008–09 season as Wycombe went on an 18 game unbeaten run in the league with promotion to League 1 being secured on the final day of the season. However, he was dismissed on 9 October 2009 after Wycombe's 1-3-7 start to the League 1 season.[8]

Bradford City

On 16 February 2010, Taylor replaced Stuart McCall to become manager of League Two side Bradford City initially on a three-month contract until the end of the 2009–10 season.[9]

A month after his arrival at Valley Parade, he was linked with a return to his old club Hull City (now a Premier League side) after the departure of manager Phil Brown, but quickly distanced himself from a return to Humberside. [3]


As a player

Southend United

As a manager


  • Southern League Cup winner: 1988, 1989
  • Southern League Championship Match winner: 1988, 1989
  • Kent Senior Cup winner: 1987, 1988


Brighton & Hove Albion

Hull City

Wycombe Wanderers

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Dartford England 1986 1990
Southend United England August 1993 February 1995 &0000000000000084.00000084 &0000000000000027.00000027 &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000041.00000041 &0000000000000032.14000032.14
Dover Athletic England 1995 1996
England U-21s England July 1995 1996 &0000000000000015.00000015 &0000000000000011.00000011 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000003.0000003 &0000000000000073.33000073.33
Gillingham England July 1999 June 2000 &0000000000000062.00000062 &0000000000000034.00000034 &0000000000000012.00000012 &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000054.84000054.84
Leicester City England June 2000 September 2001 &0000000000000054.00000054 &0000000000000019.00000019 &0000000000000009.0000009 &0000000000000026.00000026 &0000000000000035.19000035.19
England England November 2000 November 2000 &0000000000000001.0000001 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0&-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000.00
Brighton & Hove Albion England October 2001 May 2002 &0000000000000038.00000038 &0000000000000021.00000021 &0000000000000011.00000011 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000055.26000055.26
Hull City England October 2002 June 2006 &0000000000000184.000000184 &0000000000000077.00000077 &0000000000000050.00000050 &0000000000000057.00000057 &0000000000000041.85000041.85
England U-21s England 2004 January 2007 &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000009.0000009 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000005.0000005 &0000000000000056.25000056.25
Crystal Palace England June 2006 October 2007 &0000000000000060.00000060 &0000000000000021.00000021 &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000023.00000023 &0000000000000035.00000035.00
Stevenage Borough England November 2007 April 2008 &0000000000000032.00000032 &0000000000000013.00000013 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000015.00000015 &0000000000000040.63000040.63
Wycombe Wanderers England May 2008 October 2009 &0000000000000046.00000046 &0000000000000019.00000019 &0000000000000017.00000017 &0000000000000010.00000010 &0000000000000041.30000041.30
Bradford City England February 2010 Present &0000000000000005.0000005 &0000000000000003.0000003 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000060.00000060.00


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Preceded by
Tony Taylor
Crystal Palace F.C. Player of The Year
Succeeded by
Derek Jeffries
Preceded by
Derek Jeffries
Crystal Palace F.C. Player of The Year
Succeeded by
Kenny Sansom


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