Gary Taylor-Fletcher

Premier League Career: Blackpool (2010-2011)

Currently the player-manager of Welsh club Bangor City, Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s career has been so diverse, he has been fortunate enough to score in each of the top five divisions of English football.

He began his senior career in 1999 playing for non-league side Northwich Victoria before signing for Third Division club Leyton Orient in 2001. After spells with Lincoln City and Huddersfield Town, Taylor-Fletcher joined Blackpool in 2007 and this is where he had the most joyous time of his footballing career.

He joined them as Blackpool’s rise up the divisions was being noted. 2007-2008 was to be the Tangerines’ first campaign back in the top two tiers of the football pyramid since the late 1970s. He became a key player for the club as they impressed in the Championship, playing a very exciting brand of football along the way. In the 2010 Championship play-off final, Taylor-Fletcher scored in the 39th minute as Blackpool beat Cardiff City 3-2 to earn them a place in the Premier League. This completed his incredible journey from non-league to Premier League in just over a decade.

He made 31 Premier League appearances, contributing five goals and seven assists. Taylor-Fletcher made the step-up without any issues and scored the club’s first-ever goal in the Premier League when Blackpool stunned Wigan Athletic 4-0 on the opening day of the season. He also scored the equaliser at home to Liverpool FC in January 2011 as Blackpool came back from a goal down to win 2-1 and complete a famous league double over the five-time European champions.

Unfortunately, Blackpool were relegated on the last day of the season. Taylor-Fletcher left Blackpool in 2013 and he would go on to play for Leicester City, Sheffield Wednesday, Tranmere Rovers and Accrington Stanley. He became Bangor City player-manager in 2017.

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