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Stuart Taylor




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In 1997, Taylor joined Arsenal as a youth player, and was loaned out to various clubs including Crystal Palace and Leicester.

He finally made his Arsenal debut as a substitute, coming on at half-time in a Champions League match against Deportivo.

He made only 16 league starts for the Gunners in his eight years, 10 of them coming in the 2001/02 season where Arsenal finished as Champions.

He only just qualified for a winner’s medal though, in the final game of the season he was subbed on in the 85th minute, bringing his tally up to 10 for the season, thus qualifying for the award.

Devastatingly he missed out on Arsenal’s invincible season due to a persistent shoulder problem, but winning a league title, an FA Cup winner's medal and two Charity Shield winner's medals must have sweetened the blow.

Taylor endured moves to Villa, Man City and Cardiff on loan, before joining Reading on a free in August 2012.

He was the last man to add his name to the list of Madejski Stadium men in 2012/13, having patiently waited for his chance between the posts since signing as goalkeeping cover the previous summer.

Taylor made his home debut for Reading in our 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in March, Brian McDermott’s last game as Royals boss.

Those 90 minutes remain his only game time at Madejski Stadium, despite being named as a substitute on 17 occasions there in the 2012/13 season.

During most of his time at the Royals, Taylor found himself second and sometimes third choice keeper behind Adam Federici and the in-form Alex McCarthy.

At the end of the 2013/14 season, he left the club when his contract expired and joined Leeds United on a one-year contract. He was handed the number 13 shirt for the 2014/15 Championship season.