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Gary Taylor-Fletcher

Gary Taylor-Fletcher (né Fletcher, born 4 June 1981) is an English professional footballer who is currently manager of Bangor City. He has scored in each of the top five divisions of English football. He has been known as Gary Taylor-Fletcher since his marriage to Viv Taylor in June 2004.[3][4]

Gary Taylor-Fletcher
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Taylor-Fletcher playing for Blackpool in 2010
Personal information
Full name Gary Taylor-Fletcher[1]
Birth name Gary Fletcher
Date of birth (1981-06-04) 4 June 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Widnes, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Bangor City (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Northwich Victoria 43 (11)
2001Hull City (loan) 5 (0)
2001–2003 Leyton Orient 21 (1)
2001–2002Grays Athletic (loan) 4 (3)
2002Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 3 (1)
2002–2003Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 5 (0)
2003–2005 Lincoln City 90 (30)
2005–2007 Huddersfield Town 82 (21)
2007–2013 Blackpool 215 (36)
2013–2015 Leicester City 21 (3)
2014Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 14 (0)
2015Millwall (loan) 10 (0)
2015–2016 Tranmere Rovers 21 (2)
2016–2017 Accrington Stanley 4 (0)
2017–2018 Bangor City 32 (9)
2018 Llandudno 2 (3)
Teams managed
2017 Bangor City
2018- Bangor City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:23, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

Taylor-Fletcher began his senior career at Northwich Victoria in 1999, and made 43 league appearances whilst at the club. Towards the end of his time there, he had a brief loan spell with Hull City, before switching permanently to Leyton Orient in June 2001. He struggled to break into the Leyton Orient team, and spent a loan spell at Grays Athletic, and two at Dagenham & Redbridge. In August 2003, after 21 league appearances for Leyton Orient, Taylor-Fletcher joined Lincoln City; a successful spell saw him play 90 league games in two seasons. He then moved to Huddersfield Town in June 2005, making 81 league appearances in two seasons. Taylor-Fletcher then joined Blackpool in July 2007, and established himself as a regular player for the club. After 215 league appearances for Blackpool, he joined Leicester City in September 2013.




Born in Widnes, Taylor-Fletcher pursued a successful career in roofing[5] working for his uncle in the Liverpool and Manchester areas.[6] It was during this time he was spotted by Northwich Victoria scouts while playing a charity friendly against a local team made up of labourers.[7]

Northwich VictoriaEdit

He began his career playing semi-pro football (as Gary Fletcher) with Conference National club Northwich Victoria in 1999, with whom he scored eleven goals in 43 appearances. On 16 March 2001 he went on loan to Hull City who were then in the Third Division, the fourth tier of the Football League, where he made five appearances in two months at the club.[8]

Leyton OrientEdit

On 8 June 2001 Fletcher was signed by another Third Division club, Leyton Orient from Northwich for a fee of £50,000 as he had scored twice against them. Later that year he was sent out on loan to Grays Athletic who were then in the Isthmian League. Fletcher scored three goals in four league games in a loan spell that lasted from 21 December 2001 to 1 March 2002. In October, he spent a month on loan at Conference National club Dagenham & Redbridge, before returning for a second loan spell in December, staying until March 2003.[8]

Lincoln CityEdit

On 14 August 2003 he signed for Lincoln City on a free transfer, where he was reunited with former Northwich Victoria coach Keith Alexander.[9] In two years with the Imps Taylor-Fletcher made 90 appearances scoring thirty goals.[8] At the start of the 2004–05 season he equalled a 106-year-old club record when he scored in all six opening games.[10] He also won the Supporters Player of the Year award for the 2003–04 season[11] and played for them in the Football League Two play-off final in May 2005, which they lost to Southend United.[12]

Huddersfield TownEdit

Taylor-Fletcher was acquired by Huddersfield Town on a free transfer from Lincoln City on 14 June 2005.[8] He scored a hat-trick against Chesterfield in the League Cup.

During October and November, Taylor-Fletcher was consistently competing with strikers Paweł Abbott and Andy Booth for a place in the starting line-up, and on most occasions he had to settle for a place on the bench. However, during late December, he came off the bench to score two last-minute equalisers against Rotherham United and Barnsley.

In the New Year, Town manager, Peter Jackson used him as a right winger, and he scored the majority of the team's goals in the 2006–07 season. On 8 August 2006, Taylor-Fletcher scored the 500,000th goal in The Football League, with a 25-yard drive into the top-left corner, to lead the Terriers to a 3–0 home victory over Rotherham United.[13]

In January 2006, he scored against Chelsea in an FA Cup third-round match at Stamford Bridge, which, for seven minutes, put Town on level terms with the Premier League champions.

Towards the end of the season, he scored some more crucial goals against Barnsley and Bournemouth, before scoring Town's only goal in the first leg of the play-offs against Barnsley at Oakwell.


On 9 July 2007, Taylor-Fletcher signed for Blackpool for an undisclosed fee in a two-year deal, ahead of the Seasiders' first season back in the second tier of English football since 1978. He made his debut in the Championship in the club's first league match of the 2007–08 season, a 1–0 win over Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium on 11 August 2007.[14] He scored his first goal for the club two weeks later, on 25 August, in a 2–1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Stadium,[15] and went on to score six goals that season. On 20 September 2008 he scored at St Andrew's as Blackpool beat Birmingham City 1–0. In doing so, he became the first player to score against the Blues in the League at St Andrew's in the 2008–09 season and also help Blackpool become the first club to beat them at home since Chelsea in the Premier League in January.[12]

In his first league start since 20 October 2009, Taylor-Fletcher scored twice in a 3–0 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on 8 December. His 100th league appearance for Blackpool came on 9 February 2010, in a 2–0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Taylor-Fletcher scored in the 39th minute of the 2010 Football League Championship play-off Final against Cardiff City on 22 May 2010.[16] Blackpool were the victors, thus completing Taylor-Fletcher's journey from non-League football to the Premier League since the turn of the millennium.

On 14 August 2010, he scored Blackpool's first-ever Premier League goal, in a 4–0 win over Wigan Athletic on the opening day of the 2010–11 season at the DW Stadium.[17] Twelve months later, Taylor-Fletcher also scored the first goal (for Blackpool and in all) of the 2011–12 Football League season, in a single-goal victory against Hull City at the KC Stadium.[18] He was released in the summer of 2013 after his Blackpool contract expired, his exit coinciding with a downturn in Blackpool's fortunes.

Leicester CityEdit

On 20 September 2013, Taylor-Fletcher joined Leicester City on a one-year deal.[19] He made his debut just a day later coming on as a late substitute against his former side Blackpool. He scored his first goal for the Foxes in a 5–3 win over Bolton Wanderers at the King Power Stadium. Taylor-Fletcher made 21 appearances in the league (23 in all competitions), scoring three goals, as Leicester were promoted to the Premier League as champions. On 8 May, he extended his contract by a further year.[20]

Sheffield Wednesday (loan)Edit

On 25 October 2014 it was confirmed that Taylor-Fletcher would be joining Sheffield Wednesday on a month loan.[21]

Tranmere RoversEdit

On 17 October 2015, Taylor-Fletcher signed for National League side Tranmere Rovers on a short-term deal 30 minutes before kick-off against league leaders Forest Green Rovers. He scored in the fifth minute of his Rovers debut, which Tranmere won 2–0.[22]

Accrington StanleyEdit

On 3 October 2016 he signed for Accrington Stanley on a non-contract deal.[23] He made his debut on 4 October 2016 in the newly revamped EFL Trophy, scoring a goal in Accrington's 4–1 win over Chesterfield.[24]

Bangor CityEdit

He later became caretaker player-manager of Bangor City in March 2017, stepping down to assistant manager when the club appointed Kevin Nicholson in May 2017.[25] The pair led the club to a second placed finish in the Welsh Premier League during the 2017–18 season but left Bangor in May 2018 after the club was demoted after failing to obtain a tier one license.[26]


He signed for Llandudno in November 2018,[27] and scored twice on his debut in a 4–2 defeat to Bala Town.[28]

Return to BangorEdit

On the 27th November 2018, Taylor-Fletcher was announced as manager of Bangor City[29].


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