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Les Taylor (footballer)

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Full nameLeslie Taylor
Date of birth4 December 1956(age 60)
Place of birthNorth Shields, England
Playing positionMidfielder

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Leslie Taylor (born 4 December 1956 in North Shields, Northumberland) is an English former footballer who captained Watford in the 1984 FA Cup Final. He played as a hard-working central-midfielder. Graham Taylor, his Watford manager, described him as "sniffer and a ratter".

Taylor started his career at Oxford United, signing professional terms in December 1974. He moved to Watford in November 1980 for £100,000 plus Keith Cassells. He was part of the Watford side that achieved promotion to Division One in the 1981 82 season, winning the Player of the Season award that year.

In the 1983 84 season Watford reached the final of the FA Cup. Watford's captain, Wilf Rostron was sent off in a league fixture against Luton Town preceding the final and incurred a suspension. Therefore it was Taylor that led Watford out at Wembley. Watford would go on to lose 2 0 to Everton.

Taylor moved on loan to Reading in October 1986 and signed for them permanently in December that year for £20,000. For the same fee he moved to Colchester United in January 1989. He played for the Essex club until retirement in 1990.

Taylor returned to Oxford in 1992. He became United's under-16 coach and is still with the club, now working as Youth Development Officer.

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