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Matty Taylor's gone

Matty Taylor's gone

It is a sad, sad day for Pompey today - yep we have signed Lassana Diarra but Matty Taylor has finally made his exit from the club...

After 6 years with Pompey the fans favourite has bid farewell for a final time and signed a 3 and a half year contract with Bolton for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around the £4m.

He was not without his admirers and could have chosen any one of a number of clubs in England, as well as Rangers in Scotland if 'reports' of an interest from them were to have been true.

Taylor played a major role in our promotion into the top flight and this always led me to believe that this form would earn him England recognition in our first season in 'the promised land'... sadly injury and loss of form that season set him back.

But he came back with a bang and will be remembered forever more for his willingness to never give up, his sensational strikes against the likes of Everton - which still gripes me that this was not voted that seasons goal of the season, Arsenal and Sunderland - not forgetting his crucial penalties for us, none more so than his match winner against Wigan that ensured our survival at the end of the 2005/06 season.

His form last season brought him to the brink of an England call up and I feel certain that he would have earned this - at B level at least - had he not picked up and injury at the tail end of last season. Had he managed this maybe he would not have been sold, almost certainly not as cheaply as it is said he has been?

This season however he has barely had a sniff, Niko Kranjcar has been preferred on the left and even when John Utaka was having a shocker Harry Redknapp stuck with him and refused to switch Kranjcar to the right and bring Taylor in on the left. When Noe Pamarot was selected at left back ahead of him during Hermann Hreidarsson's absence the writing was well and truly on the wall.

I am gutted to see him leave, but he wanted to play football - he was not getting this chance here, nor was he likely to. He does not figure in Redknapp's plans, so this is something we have to accept and move on from. I - and many of you - might not agree with his being sold, but Redknapp has a vision for the future, which sadly does not include Taylor so I accept this and hope it proves the right call...

If someone had told me last summer that we would get to the middle of January 2008 and both Gary O'Neil and Matty Taylor would have gone I would have laughed at them, but it has happened... good luck to Taylor, he will be missed but never forgotten.


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Date:Thursday January 17 2008
Time: 1:59PM


Good luck to Matty. Never forget the goal against Everton-one of the greatest ever scored at Fratton. Sad to see him go-just hope Krunchie doesn't get injured saturday -that would be sods law
17/01/2008 14:10:00
Nice "obituary" Rug. I suppose we have to bow to wiser football heads than ours, but still think Arry's made a big boo boo on this one. Thanks for a terrific run Matty. You'll be sorely missed but I'll wager you'll save the Trotters from the Championship next year.
17/01/2008 14:10:00
Liked Matt, thought he was awesome, but not intoays set up. I dont agree with the comment Harry made a mistake, read this when gary left and harry got that right. Every player has a Time limit, and although both gary and Matty have years left in them, the era at Pompey that suited them both has gone. God bless both, but the bigger picture for us as Pompey fans is Pompey, so Good luck lads, and all the best.
17/01/2008 14:22:00
intoays as stated above is meant to read In Todays Set up.... lol
17/01/2008 14:26:00
Has anyone else heard yet or is pure rumour that Dani Guiza is about to sign.
17/01/2008 14:27:00
Loyalty is a rare thing & Matty has been that to us. Saw him from day racing down the wing crossing for someone to score in the great championship winning season. The great goals away at Notts Forest & Leicester. The strikes at Sunderland & Arsenal. The wonder goal against Everton, which will live with us forever. Those penalties against Sunderland & at Wigan. We thank you & wish you well forever. Time moves on & things change & that time is now. Play up Pompey.
17/01/2008 14:31:00
A sad day but happy memories will linger long; the goal against Everton at FP (I was right behind the goal at the Milton End that day) was outrageous; his willingness to take the responsibility (penalty v Sunderland) will always endear him to the fans; God, I'm writing like he's died! Good luck Matty and please don't return to haunt us.
17/01/2008 14:42:00
Yes it's like writing an obituary. Away to Bolton 9th Feb!
17/01/2008 14:49:00
Am gutted we didn't get him! Really admire him as a player, his work rate, commitment, and most of all, his ability. Perhaps it's a signal that we're holding on to Stewy D, but I can't help feeling we've missed a trick here.
Boro 01
17/01/2008 14:55:00
Nice words Rug, all deserved. Taylors exploits are well listed. But his major attributes were 100% effort and a great club man, both not found easily today. Where did it all go wrong, I would like to know?
17/01/2008 15:07:00
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