In modern day football there are not many professionals that can truly say they loved the club they played for, and in return, were loved back. One such professional is Bob Taylor or 'Super Bob' as he's known worldwide to Baggies fans, and the club which he holds a special place in his heart for is West Bromwich Albion.
In this interview we follow Super Bob through his career, from his first spell at West Brom to his move to the Premiership, back again to West Brom and now to his current club,
"I first joined West Brom from
"Things were going well, but the manager left and the new manager brought in a few new faces - I dropped down the pecking order.
"I was living in
"I didn't really want to go, but I spoke to Bobby Gould, the manager as
Things did not start that well for Bob at
"We all knew about Ozzie when he took over from Bobby. To be honest I'd wondered what I'd got myself into," he added
"I'd played against Ozzie's teams before, so I knew the style of play he used. The motto was 'if they score 4 then we'll score 5'.
"I was a little bit worried though, because I didn't know if I'd be good enough to play in his team - but luckily enough everything worked out fine, and in a football sense, he was the best manager that I've played for."
As a result of Ardilies' appointment,
The partnership lasted for the next few seasons.
"Me and Hunty hit it off straight away. Andy was a bit like me, the fans liked him and he was level headed, but he never got above his status.
"If one of us wasn't scoring then the other one was. We also read each others game really well, which helped a lot. We never worked on it either, we just clicked, the only time I can remember us working on our game was when we used to do shooting practice in training."
Although the Taylor and Hunt partnership blossomed,
Bob added: "There was a lot of issues within the club. The manager wanted me to go on loan - I didn't want to go. It was a major wrench to leave but, in the end, I went out on loan to the Premiership to
"I played a few games for them, scored a few goals as well. I was never going to win the F.A Cup or anything like that but it's what you dream about as a kid."
"I got a phone call asking me if I'd like to go back to
"When we secured safety on the final game of the season against Charlton it was a great day. To see the fans Boing-Boinging again was fabulous. I did an interview after the match and I said that a club of the size of
In the next two seasons that followed, under manager Gary Megson, West Brom finished in the Play-Offs and then got promoted automatically, with
"I'd have liked to have played more. I've played in the Premiership before with Bolton but to play there with
Bob's contract ran out at the end of that season - his testimonial year - and the club decided not to renew his contract. Bob played his last game for his beloved club on the last game of the season at home to his home town club Newcastle United.
"There was a clip on the video of me walking off when I was being subbed with tears in my eyes. It wasn't really that it was to be my last game for the club, it was because my testimonial was in 2 days time and I didn't know if I'd be fit, so I was really disappointed."
Bob left the club a true fans' favourite after playing over 300 games for the Baggies and signed for the manager who ironically first signed him for
"I signed for
Although Bobby Gould left the club earlier in his Robins career
"When I signed for the club we stood a good chance of bouncing back up to Division Two but the club released a lot of professionals in the summer and there is a really young squad here now. When I first came it was like training with the
Bob is undecided where he will go at the end of the season and hasn't ruled out retiring from football and going into coaching or even fulfilling every
"I'm not looking beyond this season. I'm really going to struggle with fitness because of my operation in the summer. But if I can score a few goals and keep my fitness up then who knows. If my body can take another pre-season then I'd definitely play on, but I don't know how long my legs can take running after those 20 year olds!
"After I left
"I'd like to work my way up, starting with coaching kids and then up from there. Coaches need respect, and you only get that by working your way up.
"I'd love to half believe that one day I'd return to
Bob Taylor is regarded as a