Next up we have Andy Taylor. Andy was part of the team that made history by taking us to Wembley for the first time.
Firstly, how did your transfer to Walsall first come about?
After leaving Sheffield United having spent a long time out injured I turned down a couple of league 1 offers early on and eventually wound up on trial, also not sure how that actually came about I can’t remember. After training for a couple of weeks there I remember we had QPR away in the league cup and Dean Smith the manager just pulled me in in the morning and said would you fancy playing tomorrow night to which I said yeah why not. I must’ve done okay because the next day the manager offered me a contract and the rest is history
What was it like to be a part of the team that got the club to Wembley for the first time?
Being part of the first team at Wembley was an amazing experience and obviously a massive deal for the club itself, And one we all enjoyed as a group. Unfortunately the game didn’t quite go how we planned however I think we all look back on the journey with huge pride, and great memories that we will always have.
What was your favourite match to play in?
What was your favourite goal?
My favourite goal. I don’t score many so I’ve not got many to choose from but, probably the freekick against Colchester just because I think we actually played really really well that day and deserve to win the game comfortably, but for whatever reason we couldn’t take our chances and then conceded a goal, and obviously Colchester is a long journey. The thought of travelling all that way back having lost the game having played so well wasn’t worth thinking about. So as it was a last minute goal that got us at least a point even though we deserve more, it was a great feeling and did make the journey a little bit more bearable.
Who was the best player you ever played with?
Best player played with, probably Harry Maguire. He was a young lad at Sheffield United just breaking through into the team. A really good lad very humble and hard-working. To be honest at the time I would never of expected Harry to go on to have the career he is having now. But he’s obviously done tremendously well and continues to improve and someone that I’m proud not just to have played with but to know as a person.
Who was the best player you ever played against?
The best player I’ve ever played against probably would be Adel Taraabt. It was the season in the Championship that QPR got promoted and he was unbelievable. He could do things with the football that most couldn’t even imagine doing. I don’t think his teammates admired him as much as his opposition did as he was a little bit greedy, but you could tell he was a class above the rest. On sheer ability alone, I think most football people would agree he should of played a lot higher and for a lot longer than he did.
Are you aware that you were in the final four for our recent ‘Best Ever’ team, at the Left Back position?
I wasn’t aware of the best Walsall left that competition but obviously it’s a real honour to be even mentioned in the category and something that I’m proud of.
What was it like returning to the club on the opposing team?