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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 January 2007, 09:58 GMT
Taylor becoming a homegrown hero
By Pete Oliver

Oldham's Chris Taylor
Taylor is determined to help Oldham achieve success
Rising Oldham star Chris Taylor is only just old enough to remember the glory days at Boundary Park.

Taylor was only a boy when Joe Royle led the Latics into the Premiership and a whisker away from the 1994 FA Cup final.

But the 20-year-old winger is doing his bit to direct Oldham back towards the top as he helps his hometown club enjoy an overdue revival.

"I have always been an Oldham fan and I can remember those days," he told BBC Sport.

"I'm not sure about going to watch but I can remember them in the Premiership and the semi-final of the cup.

"We haven't done anything yet and we don't want to get carried away. But it's great to be having a good run and giving the fans something to shout about.

My game has come on in leaps and bounds but there is more for me to learn

Chris Taylor

"Everyone is coming back again and enjoying it."

Oldham's current run of form has propelled them into the League One promotion frame as they look to escape a division they have occupied for a decade.

During that time the Lancashire outfit has had seven managers and its share of off-field upheaval, which at one point threatened the club's existence.

Even at his tender age, Taylor is working under a fourth new manager and he believes that a period of stability is needed to pay dividends.

"There have been loads of managers," he said. "When I started it was Iain Dowie and then there was Brian Talbot and Ronnie Moore.

"We have kept chopping and changing when you have to concentrate on a manager who is doing the right job."

And according to Taylor, Oldham have finally got it right in the shape of former Latics midfielder John Sheridan.

Chris Porter
Porter is back from injury to boost Oldham

The 42-year-old has only been in charge since last June, but has long been a familiar face to Taylor.

"He was the player I wanted to be like when I was growing up, and I'm not just saying that because he's the manager now," he added.

"He was a great player who ended his career at Oldham and I have worked under Shez for four years now. He was my youth-team manager and then in the reserves and now in the first team.

"I know him quite well and he knows my game, which has been good for me.

"My game has come on in leaps and bounds but there is more for me to learn and I feel like I will get better as time goes on."

Despite his admiration for the boss, Taylor's game is built around running at defenders and taking people on, rather than beating them with a pass like the former Republic of Ireland international.

He has built on the promise he showed last season to become a first-team regular on Oldham's left flank with Sheridan developing a team that appears to have the consistency missing last season when the play-offs slipped out of view.

If we were to get promoted, it would mean everything to me

Chris Taylor

"We have made a couple of good signings of experienced players, we have got a good team spirit and a good manager. It's all blending into one," Taylor said.

"We have also had Andy Liddell and Chris Porter back from injuries, which has been like having two new signings, and there is a lot of confidence running through the team.

"We've just had a run of four wins on the bounce in the league and we had a good run before that. Hopefully another good run will take us where we want to be."

That is a play-off place at worst with Taylor confident that Oldham are ready to get noticed again.

"With one or two more signings we could sustain it in the Championship, as we showed by doing well against Wolves (in the Cup), he said.

"But we have got to keep doing what we are doing, keep playing our football and not get carried away by saying we are going to get promoted.

"If we were to do it, though, it would mean everything to me."


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