Maik Taylor celebrates his 44th Birthday today so we felt it was only right to take a look back at the former Birmingham stopper.
Racking up 242 appearances for the club, Taylor was very much part of the furniture at St Andrews back in the day. Many great Goalkeepers have come and gone through the ranks such as Jack Butland, Joe Hart and Ben Foster but the former Northern Ireland international, now coach, was very much a fan favourite.
He signed for Southampton (£500,000 fee) and Fulham before joining Blues, where he spent eight years in between the sticks before his release at the end of the 2010–11 season. Maik then spent a short spell at Millwall before hanging up his boots.
During the Steve Bruce days Taylor signed for Blues in August 2003, initially on a year-long loan deal with the possibility of a permanent contract. Bruce then felt he was worthy of the number 1 shirt by signing him for a fee of £1.5million. And what a signing that proved to be. He continued his impressive form and was rewarded by being nominated as the goalkeeper for the Premiership team of the 2003–04 season.
Taylor, most well known for his aerial ability and shot stopping, was replaced by promising England goalkeeper Joe Hart in the 2009-2010 campaign. The last action saw him play only four games in the following season and took his place on the bench for the Carling Cup final against Arsenal, shadowing another hot English prospect, Ben Foster.
Before retiring he signed a short term contract at Leeds United before signing a 12 month contract for Millwall. Taylor also deserved more credit than he got for his consistency, when he often kept Blues in games that were in the balance by making a superb save.
The one memory that stands out for us is the double save against Manchester City which was featured at number one in this Top 5 video:
Taylor definitely goes into the legend book. What are your greatest memories of the former Blues keeper? Comment below or tweet us @bcfcfollowers!