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'Best left foot in world football' - West Ham fans pay tribute as ex-Hammer Matty Taylor retires
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'Best left foot in world football' - West Ham fans pay tribute as ex-Hammer Matty Taylor retires

Former West Ham player Matty Taylor has officially announced his retirement after giving a statement on Twitter.

After more than 700 appearances spanning 20 years in the professional game, Taylor has decided to hang up his boots.

The 37-year-old is currently a player-coach at Swindon Town but he will retire at the end of this campaign.

During his career, Taylor has represented Luton Town, Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Northampton Town and, of course, the Hammers.

In a statement, Taylor thanked all the fans who have followed him. He said: “To the fans who have supported me and followed my career, I hope I’ve given you some memories that, looking back, will make you smile.”

Matty Taylor at West Ham

Matty Taylor spent three years at West Ham. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Taylor spent three years at West Ham between 2011 and 2014, helping the Irons to promotion via the play-offs in the 2011/12 season.

During his three seasons at Upton Park, the left-footed star played 90 matches and scored three goals.

West Ham fans will remember him fondly for his impressive left boot and for helping get the club back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Here are some tributes from Hammers supporters after Taylor announced his official retirement.