Former Portsmouth and West Ham full back Matthew Taylor has announced his retirement from the professional game this morning after 20 years.
The 37-year-old is currently with Swindon Town in League Two but will end his career when the current season is over. he wrote: “After 20 years as a professional footballer, the time has come for me to retire at the end of the current season. I have loved every minute from leaving school at 16 years of age to pursue my dream and will look back on it all with the fondest of memories.”
Taylor has 740 appearances to his name and has won promotion from the second tier with West Ham, Bolton and Portsmouth during his illustrious career. He also played three times for England Under 21s, but never migrated to the senior squad.
Renowned for a wicked left foot, the full back is a well-respected player with an outpouring of goodwill evident on social media.
Players, clubs and fans alike have been quick to wish him well following the announcement, as you can read below.
?What a career you've had Matty since those early days here at the Kenny, where you're always welcome! Good luck with whatever the future holds #COYH
— Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) March 19, 2019
We all remember that goal vs Everton and the massive part you played in our promotion to the Prem. There were other wonder goals as well, Sunderland and Arsenal in particular. Thanks for the memories Matt, and good luck for the next chapter of your football story.
— Pompey Trust (@PompeyTrust) March 19, 2019
What a guy! Not just a great player but also one of the most genuine guys I’ve met. It was a pleasure to share a dressing room with you and I’m lucky to be able to call you a mate. You can enjoy your Friday nights soon ?
— Paul Anderson (@P18NDO) March 19, 2019
Congrats on a great career! All the very best in the future ⚽️
— Filipe Morais (@moraisfilipe20) March 19, 2019
Congrats on a great career pal??????⚽️⚽️⚽️
— Paul konchesky (@konch3) March 19, 2019
It’s been an absolute pleasure pal – Enjoy your last few games#OneofFootballsGoodGuys
— Jack collison (@jackcollison) March 19, 2019
A true gent on and off the pitch! Well done on an amazing career Matty and im sure your knowledge of the game will help many players to come ??
— Dean Bowditch (@deanbowditch9) March 19, 2019
All the best tails was a pleasure to share a pitch with you good luck with the future ??
— Kellan Gordon (@kellangordon25) March 19, 2019
All the best Matty, shame it's that time to hang up your boots, that wand of a left foot will always be remembered at the reebok
— mr gazwaldo (@mrgazwaldo) March 19, 2019