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Southend Managers From Yesteryear - Peter Taylor

6 June 2018

Born and bred in Essex, Peter Taylor became Southend United manager in 1993 following the departure of Barry Fry to Birmingham City.

Taylor began his playing career with Blues in 1970 and the former winger would make 75 appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals in a two-year spell.

During his time at Roots Hall, Taylor would help Southend gain promotion to the Third Division after finishing second in the old fourth tier and his success at Blues would see him make the switch to Crystal Palace in 1973 where he’d be named player of the year twice in three years.

Taylor’s form at Palace would see him break into the England squad in 1976, winning four caps, before leaving Palace for fellow London club, Tottenham Hotspur.

The switch to White Hart Lane was his last big move as Taylor’s playing career wound down with spells at Leyton Orient, Oldham Athletic, Exeter City and a handful of non-league clubs.

Whilst playing at Dartford, Taylor turned his hand to management for the first time, becoming player-manager there before taking over as assistant at Watford.

After Barry Fry left for St. Andrews, Taylor took the opportunity to return to the same place where he had started his playing career and become manager of Southend United in 1993.

Taylor would spend less than two years in charge at Roots Hall with a 4-0 defeat against his former employees Watford seeing him resign in February 1995 with the club mid-table in Division One.

Despite not having much success in his first spell as manager, Taylor would go on to manage all over the world and famously managed the England national side for a solitary game in 2000.

The game against Italy was used as a proving ground for young talent as Taylor handed David Beckham the armband as well as playing some u21 players such as Gareth Barry, Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand and Emile Heskey.

Taylor’s career in management has seen him go from Dover Athletic to England, from Bradford City to Bahrain and 30-years on from his first taste of management, Taylor is still involved in football as co-manager at Dagenham & Redbridge alongside Terry Harris.

Date of Birth: 3rd January 1953
Place of Birth: Rochford, Essex
Managed Southend: 1993-1995
Playing Honours: Essex Professional Cup 1972
Managerial Honours: Football League Division Two Champions 2001-02, Southern League Cup 1988, 1989, Kent Senior Cup 19878, 1988, Arab Games Gold Medal 2011, GCC Games Gold Medal 2011
Previous Clubs before Blues: None

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