Craig Taylor, younger brother of Shaun, joined Exeter City as a trainee and made just five league appearances for the club before going on to play for Swindon Town, Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United.
After two years as an associate schoolboy with Southampton, Plymouth-based Criag followed his older brother Shaun - who had recently played a key role in Exeter City’s Division Four championship-winning side - to St James’ Park when he signed as a trainee in July 1990. Becoming a full professional in June 1992, and making his debut at Hull City on 12 December 1992, the early promise of accumulating five league appearances for the club gave way to disappointment for Craig in May 1993 when he was given a free transfer.
Dropping into non-league football with Dorchester Town, Craig once more followed in his brother’s footsteps by signing for Swindon Town in a £25,000 deal in April 1997. Making 55 league appearances for the Wiltshire club, Craig was to have a six-match loan spell with Plymouth Argyle in autumn 1998 ahead of returning to his hometown club in a £30,000 move in August 1999. Adding a further 82 league appearances to his Argyle total, Craig moved to Torquay United on loan during 2002/03 before switching permanently to Plainmoor in July 2003. Appearing in a total of 128 league games for Torquay, Craig was a member of the club’s 2004 promotion-winning team before retiring because of injury in 2007 having played 276 Football League games for his various clubs scoring fourteen times in the process.