Ryan Taylor (footballer, born 1988)

Ryan Taylor
Personal information
Full name Ryan Paul Taylor
Date of birth (1988-05-04) 4 May 1988
Place of birth Rotherham, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Oxford United
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2011 Rotherham United 134 (23)
2007Burton Albion (loan) 5 (1)
2010Exeter City (loan) 7 (0)
2011–2014 Bristol City 39 (2)
2014–2015 Portsmouth 55 (15)
2015– Oxford United 17 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:51, 26 November 2015 (UTC).

Ryan Paul Taylor (born 4 May 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Oxford United.


Rotherham United and loans

Born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, Taylor began his career as a trainee at Rotherham United in July 2005,[1] making his first-team debut as an 81st-minute substitute in a 1–0 home defeat to Swindon Town.[2] He made twelve first-team appearances in the 2006–07 season before glandular fever ruled him out for the rest of the season in November 2006.[3]

Following Rotherham's relegation to League Two at the end of the 2006–07 season, he signed a new two-year contract,[3] and then joined Conference National side Burton Albion on a one-month loan in September 2007.[4] On his return to Rotherham, he established himself in the first team and scored his first goal for Rotherham in a 2–0 win over Shrewsbury Town in November 2007.[5] By the end of the 2007–08 season, Taylor had made 38 appearances for Rotherham, scoring six goals.[1]

Mark Robins twice extended Taylor's contract: in May 2008 and then the following year, each time by one year.[6] This surprised some supporters and critics, who questioned Robins' persistence with the young striker. Ronnie Moore again took charge of the Millers at the start of the 2009–10 season, by which time Taylor had scored 10 goals in almost 100 appearances, sending him out on loan to Exeter City.[7]

Taylor made an immediate impact to the Exeter squad, helping them avoid relegation and receiving Man of the Match awards on several occasions. He returned to his hometown club in time for the play-off finals, where he went straight into the starting line up on the strength of his performances at Exeter, and scored two goals in the final at Wembley.

Bristol City

On 20 June 2011, Taylor signed a three-year deal with Championship side Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.[8] He made his Robins debut on 17 August, but in a 1–2 loss to Leicester City;[9] Taylor netted his first goal for the club on 28 April 2012, in a 1–1 away draw against Burnley.[10]

Despite featuring more regularly in his second season, Taylor failed to make an impression and left the club in January 2014, with the Robins being relegated to League One in the process.


On 9 January 2014, Taylor left Bristol City and signed an 18-month deal with League Two side Portsmouth, being handed the number 20 shirt.[11] He made his debut for Pompey two days later, starting in a 0–0 draw against Oxford United.[12] On 24 February 2015, Taylor scored two goals in the last 10 minutes to ensure Pompey's comeback against Tranmere Rovers and guide them to a 3–2 win, after Pompey had trailed 0–2.[13]

Oxford United

On 26 May 2015, Taylor signed for fellow League Two side Oxford United on a two-year deal.[14]

Career statistics

As of 24 November 2015
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[lower-roman 1] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rotherham United 2005–06 1010
2006–07 100101010130
2007–08 3562010386
2008–09 3243020374
2009–10 190201042262
2010–11 341120113712
Subtotal 1312170509315224
Burton Albion (loan) 2007–08 5151
Subtotal 5151
Exeter City (loan) 2009–10 7070
Subtotal 7070
Bristol City 2011–12 711081
2012–13 25110261
2013–14 701080
Subtotal 3922010422
Portsmouth 2013–14 186186
2014–15 3792010114110
Subtotal 55152010115916
Oxford United 2015–16 173112010214
Subtotal 173112010214
Career total 254421219011428647


  1. 1 2 "Ryan Taylor". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
  2. "Games played by Ryan Taylor in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
  3. 1 2 "Rotherham tie Taylor to new deal". BBC Sport. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
  4. "Clough hints at start for Taylor". BBC Sport. 24 September 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
  5. "Rotherham 2–0 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 24 November 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
  6. "Six sign new deals at Rotherham". BBC Sport. 14 May 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
  7. Rotherham loan striker Ryan Taylor to Exeter City; BBC Sport, 25 March 2010
  8. Bristol City sign Rotherham United striker Ryan Taylor; BBC Sport, 20 June 2011
  9. Leicester 1–2 Bristol City; BBC Sport, 17 August 2011
  10. Burnley 1–1 Bristol City; BBC Sport, 28 April 2012
  11. Transfer window: Portsmouth sign Jake Jervis and Ryan Taylor; BBC Sport, 9 January 2014
  12. Oxford 0–0 Portsmouth; BBC Sport, 11 January 2014
  13. "Portsmouth 3–2 Tranmere". BBC Sport. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  14. "Ryan Taylor: Oxford United sign striker from Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
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