John Taylor

John Taylor is seen as a legend at the Abbey Stadium, having played for the successful John Beck-led side of the early 1990s.

He starred alongside the likes of Dion Dublin in a 15-year-long career that started at non-league Sudbury Town in the early 1980s.

Born in Norwich in 1964, John began his career with Colchester United but moved on to Sudbury Town, from where he signed for Cambridge in 1988.

He spent nearly four years at The Abbey Stadium during a successful period for the club under John Beck before moving on to, Bristol Rovers, in March 1992.

He enjoyed further success at Rovers and Bradford City before joining Luton Town and, by the time his career began to wind down at the age of 32, he had made over 598 appearances in all competitions and had scored 172 goals.

He returned to his first club Colchester United on loan in 1996 having also played for a two-month spell with Linclon, before returning to Cambridge on a free transfer in January 1997.

A popular character at Cambridge, John was in charge of the reserve team before taking over as manager and, although his appearances in recent seasons had been few, he did break the club's all-time goalscoring record held by U's club legend Alan Biley.

John was given a run as caretaker manager of the Cambridge team and, partly due to a Boxing Day win over then table-toppers Brentford and the team's progress to the Southern Area Final of the LDV Vans Trophy, the Board appointed him to continue permanently in the post, with Dale Brooks as assistant manager/coach.

Unfortunately, John was unable to prevent the team's relegation to Division Three in the 2001-02 season.

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