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Burnley: Played for Both Clubs - Matt Taylor

A look at former Bolton and current Burnley player, Matt Taylor.

Taylor celebrates scoring the winning goal against Stoke City in 2010.
Taylor celebrates scoring the winning goal against Stoke City in 2010.
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Ahead of the game at Turf Moor this Saturday, we take a look at former Bolton Wanderers and current Burnley player, Matt Taylor.

Matt Taylor, born 27th November 1981, began his career with Luton Town, making his debut aged 17 in 1999. Playing as a left wing back, Taylor was crowned Young Player of the Year for the Hatters in 2000.

After three years with Luton, Taylor moved to south coast side Portsmouth for a fee of £750,000. In total for Luton, Taylor scored 17 goals in 146 games.

Playing as a left wing back for Portsmouth, Taylor was a key player of Pompey were crowned First Division Champions in 2003, with Taylor scoring 7 goals. Injury problems and a change in formation meant Taylor lost his place in the starting line-up during Portsmouth's first year in the Premier League.

It wouldn't be until the 2005/2006 season when Taylor found his feet in the top flight. Playing as a left midfielder, Taylor was vital as Portsmouth escaped relegation.

Taylor scored 6 goals in 34 games, including a sensational goal against Sunderland.

His good form for Portsmouth attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham, but he signed a long term contract with Portsmouth in July 2006. In the 2006/2007 season, Taylor was a regular in the Portsmouth side on the left of midfield. Despite the team's good form, it took until early December for him to score his first league goal, in a game against Aston Villa. This was Taylor's best season for Portsmouth, scoring 8 goals in 35 games.

After losing his place in the team, Taylor moved to Bolton Wanderers in January 2008, for £3.5 million. In five and a half years for Portsmouth, Taylor made 204 appearances, scoring 29 goals.

Taylor scored on the final day of the 2007/2008 to earn Bolton a draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The following season would be Taylor's best in the Premier League. After inheriting the number 7 shirt from club legend Stelios, Taylor scored 10 goals, being the 3rd highest scoring midfielder, only bettered by Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

In 2011, Taylor was part of the Bolton side that reached the FA Cup semi-final against Stoke City. After the 2010/2011 season, Taylor moved to West Ham United. In total for Bolton, Taylor scored 23 goals in 139 games.

Taylor spent three years at Upton Park, helping the team gain promotion back to the Premier League in his first season, after a Play-Off final win against Blackpool. Taylor played 90 times for West Ham, scoring 3 goals.

In 2014, Taylor joined current club Burnley on a free transfer. So far, Taylor has played 22 times for Burnley, scoring 2 goals, including this stunning free kick against Birmingham City.