Moncur’s Sage Advice for Steven Taylor


Bob Moncur had his own challenges at Newcastle and the club almost let him go before he made the grade, and then quickly established himself in the Newcastle first team.

Bob went on to become one of Newcastle’s best captains under the great manager, Joe Harvey.

Bob had some sage words today for young Steven Taylor – but it looks as though Steven has already taken Bob’s good advice – and that he will be back in the Newcastle side sooner rather than later.

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Taylor – sensible words from Bob Moncur – Steven already seems to be following the good advice

This is what Moncur told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I’ve always been a big fan of Steven Taylor and have watched him rise through the ranks from the club’s reserve team, but this is a really testing time for him at the moment.”

“However, I’m sure that he’ll bounce back from this.” “In fact, it will only make him more determined to win back his place.”

“In many ways Steven has been a victim of his own success after his fast-track route to the England senior team put his name up in lights.

“And even though he has played over 60 games he is still very young and, at 21, still has much to learn.” “But I am confident he will learn and he can still only get better.”

However, Moncur feels that in former defender Sam Allardyce and defensive guru Nigel Pearson, not to mention experienced Brazilian international Claudio Cacapa, Taylor has lots of good advice around him on the training field. And he’ll surely benefit from this over the next year or so, because his development will accelerate, hopefully.

Bob added:

“Let’s get one thing straight, Steven Taylor doesn’t need me to tell him how to defend.” “He has two great students of the game in Big Sam and Nigel Pearson there to do it for him.”

“I hope he stays positive and looks at this as more of a challenge rather than a problem.” “He doesn’t need to be told why he was dropped – now he needs to go out and prove he is the good defender we know he is.

“And I am confident he will do exactly that if he keeps his feet on the ground, works hard and shows us all what he can do.”

Good sage words of advice from the great Bob Moncur – somebody who Taylor is very like as a player – they both give 100% in every single game. Bob was a strong personality and on a personal note, when we were both 16 years old, we played together for the Newcastle junior side in the 1960-1961 season – that also happened to be the season Newcastle were relegated when Charlie Mitten was manager 🙁

We were good friends then, but obviously went our separate ways – and of course Bob went on to became a great captain at Newcastle in the 60s and went on to lead Newcastle to our last Trophy, when we won the Inter-Cities Fair Cup in 1969 in great style.

We’re sure Steven has already read what Bob Moncur has said about him. It looks clear to us also – that Steven is already taking this little bit of adversity as a personal challenge – good for him. 😀

Comments very welcome.



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7 comments so far

  • Pete

    Oct 30, 2007 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Didn’t know you played with Bob, well done – could you tell he was due for great things? Or was it, at that stage just another player?

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  • Leo

    Oct 30, 2007 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #2

    well done i suppose

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  • Brisbane Mag

    Oct 31, 2007 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Taylor needs to sign the 5 year deal on offer, get himself back in the side and learn his trade.

    He’s potentially the future captain of Newcastle United so we all want him to stay, but at the right price……

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  • Shane Coghlan

    Oct 31, 2007 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Didn’t realise you were that old Ed! 😛

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  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 31, 2007 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5
  • Dingo

    Oct 31, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    hahahahahaha I just read it in teh bbc gossip column toon chicken you beat me to the comment. Its no less than Freddy deserved… looks like those nights that MA spent in the Bigg market have given him a soft spot for the ‘female dogs’ of Newcastle. hahahaha totally great… I like you Mike Ashley! 🙂

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  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 31, 2007 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Pete – not really . Bobby – as we called him then – was a great bloke and played right half in those days – but was always upbeat – a great team mate – and of course that was one of his top characteristics. David Craig also played at right back that year – but he was a very very quiet lad.

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