Les Taylor



Years at the club: 1986 - 89
Date of birth: 30/11/1999
Birth place: North Shields
Position: Midfield
Appearances: 95
Goals: 5
Clubs: Oxford Utd., Watford, Colchester Utd.
Honours: Watford: Player of the Year 1982, Division two Promotion 1981/82, F.A.Cup Runner-Up 1983/84 (as captain) Reading: Simod Cup winner 1987/88

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.

Whilst at Reading he was part of their Simod Cup winning side of 1988.

Another £20,000 fee saw him move 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.

Did you know?


Martin Hicks, 1978-1991

Martin holds the club appearance record. He made 603 first team appearances in all competitions.


Neil Webb, 1978-1982

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Bill Davies, 1953-1961

Bill totalled 226 appearances for Reading, playing in every game of the 1958/59 season.


Trevor Senior, 1983-87 / 1988-92

The greatest goalscorer in the club's history, Trevor scored 191 goals in 362 appearances.

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