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CRAIG TAYLOR

Born: 24 January 1974

1. Came from: Swindon Town   Went to: Swindon Town

1. First game: 17 October 1998   Last game: 10 November 1998

2. Came from: Swindon Town   Went to: Torquay United

2. First game: 21 August 1999   Last game: 26 April 2003

Appearances: 98 (96/2)   Goals: 8

Born in Plymouth, Taylor slipped through Argyle's net and ended up on the books of Devon rivals Exeter City. However The Grecians did not forsee a future in the game for the young centre-back, and he was allowed to join non-league Dorchester Town. His stay in Dorset was a short one, though, and he was snapped up by Swindon Town in April 1997 for 25,000. Despite making 58 appearances for The Robins, Taylor was allowed to join Argyle on loan in the autumn of 1998, and he made the switch permanent the following summer for a fee of £30,000.

The 25-year-old was a regular at the heart of Argyle's defence in the 1999/2000 season, and survived the sacking of Hodges early in the following campaign to establish himself under new boss Paul Sturrock. However, Sturrock snapped up Graham Coughlan in the summer of 2001 to partner Paul Wotton at the back, and Taylor's days at Home Park were numbered. He was allowed to join Torquay United on loan in February 2003, signing on a permanent basis at the end of that season. He went on to make almost 130 appearances for The Gulls before being released in 2007.

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We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.

The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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