Date: 7th April 2020 at 6:56pm
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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?

The first time I went back to Walsall on the opposition team is a moment that I will remember for the rest of my life. I was at Blackpool. Unfortunately I was on the bench, but something happened that day that is a moment I will treasure forever and just shows to any outsiders what the club is all about. Walsall always hold a special place in my heart and this moment solidifies that. I always gave my all every time I put on the shirt and always felt I had a good relationship with the fans but never realised how much until this time. I remember it so well. It was the first time I left the bench to go and warm up, running the touchline towards the tile choice stand. Despite the game being full flow the crowd almost stopped watching the game to sing my song, which is a song and a moment that will be forever etched on my memory. It lasted for a minute or so, with the entire stadium singing as the game continued. I will be forever grateful to the Saddler’s faithful for this moment as well as every moment in the fantastic time I had at the club. Thank you Saddlers!
Thanks to Andy for answering these questions. We hope to see you back at the Bescot at some point in the future!
 

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