Wednesday call time on GT-F deal – now that would be a signing!

Sheffield Wednesday have sent former Huddersfield Town and Lincoln City idol Gary Taylor-Fletcher back to Leicester City after an unsuccessful loan spell.

 Northwich.pngThe Leyton Orient CrestLincoln city (2014).pngHuddersfieldTownCrest.pngBlackpool FC logo.svgLeicester City crest.svgBadge of Sheffield Wednesday

The 33 year-old played his final game for the Owls against Huddersfield, of all clubs, although he was substituted in favour of Atdhe Nuhiu during the second half. GT-F started two of his four games but failed to galvanise a Wednesday side that is having no luck in front of goal. A particularly poor (stonewall penalty) decision and the crossbar denied them in a 0-0 draw that is becoming symptomatic of a side that has the potential to be there or thereabouts despite the financial inequalities in ‘the Premier two’ in all but name.

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GT-F would be just the job for Lincoln City during the autumn of a career that has seen him score in the top five divisions of English football.  GT-F bagged 30 goals in 93 appearances in all competitions for Big Keith’s Imps and is another of ex-manager Simmo’s finds that have gone on to play in the top flight. With 19 goals in all competitions he finished his first season as the 2003/4 player of the year. Gary then broke a 106 year record scoring in our opening 6 games of the 04/05 season before Peter Jackson, lured him to Huddersfield Town, playing him largely as a winger (Abbot and Booth both took some dislodging in their prime) in a first season  that yielded 15 goals and then 11 the season after.

Blackpool signed the mercurial front-man in their first Championship season with his début coming in a 1-0 win over his current club Leicester City.  He capped his rise from non-league to the Premier League with a 30 million 39th minute strike in the 09/10 play-off final at Wembley to wipe out those sad memories for the Imps against Southend.  Blackpool released him in the summer of 2013 with Leicester offering him a one year deal. Promotion as Champions saw GT-F get a years extention, although he failed to get a look in and then failed to shine at Sheffield Wednesday on loan.

He will be a free agent in the summer (34 in June) and would be a talismanic addition to any ambitious lower Football League or Conference side. Gary averages a goal every four games (101 in 398 League games plus 16 in 51 Cup appearances) not bad for someone who has spent most of his time cutting in. He would put 500-1000 on the gate at Lincoln – good business surely?

STMI biopic
Full name Gary Taylor-Fletcher
Date of birth 4 June 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Widnes, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club gig in the game
Current team
Leicester City
Number 12
Senior stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Northwich Victoria 49 (16)
2001 Hull City (loan) 5 (0)
2001–2003 Leyton Orient 24 (1)
2001–2002 Grays Athletic (loan) 4 (3)
2002 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 3 (1)
2002–2003 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 5 (0)
2003–2005 Lincoln City 92 (30)
2005–2007 Huddersfield Town 92 (26)
2007–2013 Blackpool 237 (39)
2013–date Leicester City 21 (3)
2014 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 4 (0)
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Posted on November 25, 2014, in 0 Who Is? Or rather who are we looking at, Ex Imps and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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