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Martin Taylor

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Norwich Career: 2007 (5 appearances, 1 goal) (on loan from Birmingham City)
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Date of Birth: 09/11/1979 (Ashington) 
Nationality: English


Martin Taylor became Glenn Roeder's first signing as Norwich manager when he joined the Canaries on a month's loan from Birmingham City on 1st November 2007.

Centre-back Taylor was signed by Steve Bruce for the Blues for £1.25m from Blackburn in 2004, but he is currently out of the first team picture at St Andrews. Nicknamed Tiny because of his imposing frame, Taylor featured 38 times for Birmingham last season, but has made just appearance this term, in the Blues' Carling Cup defeat to Blackburn in September.

Roeder said: “He is a player who I've followed throughout his career and he will be an outstanding member of the team while he is with us. Martin played an important role in Birmingham's promotion to the Premiership last season and he brings much needed height in both penalty boxes.”

Taylor joined Blackburn Rovers as a schoolboy at the age of 14, signing his first full contract at the start of the 1997-98 season. Loan spells at Darlington and Stockport served to improve his self-belief, and in May 2001 he won his first and only cap for the England U-21 side, as a half-time substitute for John Terry in a 3-0 friendly win against Mexico U-21

Taylor made his Norwich debut against Ipswich on 4th November 2007 and impressed in central defence in that match and the remaining four games that he played for Norwich as City began to revive under Roeder's stewrdship. He even scored in the 3-1 win at Blackpool. Although Norwich hoped to extend the loan, agreement could not be met between the two sides and Taylor, nicknamed "Tiny", returned to Birmingham even though new Blues manager Alex McLeish had stated that there wasn't a first team place for him. It was reported that QPR had bid £1million for Taylor. During the transfer window, Taylor was also linked with Coventry and West Brom as well as with Norwich but the window closed without "Tiny" moving on

After regaining his place in the Birmingham first team, Taylor became public enemy number one in Croatia following his tackle on Arsenal's Eduardo da Silva in March 2008 which will leave the Croatian international on the sidelines until the end of 2008 at least.

Taylor's Birmingham were relegated on the final day of the Premiership 2007/8 campaign despite a win at Blackburn.as Fulham also won. They won promotion back to the Premiership the following season.

Taylor signed for Watford on 29th January 2010 on a free transfer from Birmingham City. Taylor had not played for the Blues during the 2009/10 season but this did not prevent him making an impressive debut as the Hornets beat Sheffield United 3-0 on 2nd February 2010.

Taylor moved to Sheffield Wednesday on 31st August 2012 for an undisclosed fee, signing a two year contract

On 10th September 2013, Taylor joined Brentford on loan along with Liverpool midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira. Taylor joined on a one month agreement, having not featured for the Owls during the 2013/14 season. He scored on his debut, a 4-3 away win at Tranmere.

Taylor was released by Wednesday at the end of the 2013/14 season and subsequently retired

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