Taylor Expects Roof to Come Off Saturday


Steven Taylor, one of Newcastle local boys, has said he thinks the roof will lift off the stadium on Saturday, when Kevin Keegan is introduced to the Toon Army, before the game against Bolton Wanderers.

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Steven Taylor – thinks the roof will come off on Saturday

The 21-year-old Geordie defender was a ball boy, and used to watch from the Sir John Hall stand during the days when Keegan’s all out attacking football had supporters across the country drooling. And Steven thinks the Keegan effect has already given Newcastle a tremendous lift, after news of Kevin’s return broke yesterday afternoon.

The England Under-21 skipper talked to Newcastle World TV following the 4-1 FA Cup Third Round hammering of Stoke City, who arrived on Tyneside at a bad time – for them.

“It’s amazing. The fans are on a high and the Keegan days are back,” “We heard the news before the game and we knew there would be a buzz around the stadium.”

We were in the dressing room when Nigel Pearson was giving his team talk and you could hear the fans singing ‘There’s only one Kevin Keegan’ outside.” “The whole place was rocking and we put on a great show for the new gaffer.”

“I think I can speak on behalf of the players and say that everyone is delighted. It has given the club a lift and the fans showed that – they were absolutely buzzing.”

“I used to watch from the Sir John Hall stand when players such as Les Ferdinand, David Ginola, Tino Asprilla and Philippe Albert were playing.”

“It was an exciting time and that’s what the fans want to see.” “The roof is going to lift off on Saturday and we just can’t wait to get out there.”

The fans and players at Newcastle are experiencing the Keegan Effect – that’s for sure. But it will be a much tougher game for us on Saturday. Wonder who’s going to play in defensive midfield?

Comments welcome.


51 comments so far

  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone else think this lad is ready to the captain? If not, who do you think Keegan will choose?

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  • indian toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #2

    cmon the toon. but the matter is who else will keegan play in the midfield with zogbia. ( emre, butt, smith, geremi,faye) all out. maybe rozehnal or a new academy player will get a shot!.

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  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #3

    LuaLua!!!

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  • indian toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #4

    nice banner ed.

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  • indian toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #5

    yet_ another! where in india mate??

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  • Gary

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Lets just hope that they are able to ride the wave to a win with the way our midfield has been rocked.

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  • ehssi

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7

    its says the volume was at 143db;), it is very loud;).

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  • Leo*

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #8

    steven taylor is our new philipe albert everyone im sure albert wore the same number also… we need to sign him up for a long contract

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  • GM

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #9

    ED – Does Barton deserve to be on the banner….me thinks NO !! can you not move him? delete him would be better

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  • Toon_Army

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Defensive Midfielder?? We are under Keegan now, as if that exists!!! lol!

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  • RAHUL

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #11

    indian toon? where in india

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  • Indian toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    mysore karnataka!!!!! u from rahul!!? bangy!!!!?

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #13

    KK knows how important it is to have some home grown Geordie talent in the team and he’ll love Taylor.

    Wish I had a ticket for the game on Saturday.

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  • Davey

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #14

    yeah, get barton off that banner. Especially not next to Kev. Tosser, you don’t sully the name of our great club and got off lightly.Your times up Joey, now Fk Off

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  • jimmer

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #15

    do you think having keegan as a boss before will help or hinder barton?

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  • Davey

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #16

    No. He is beyond redemption. Comes from a family…correction …city of criminals.

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  • ELFER

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Think he will have a talk to sort things out with him, but personally I would say barton belongs not on any field…

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Barton is still still innocent in the eyes of the law.

    We unfortunately know he’s guilty of being a thug and an idiot. With KK it’s a clean slate but imo KK wont put up with anything he doesn’t have to.

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  • Davey

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Oh he belongs in a field alright!

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  • Obafan

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Taylor’s new contract needs to be sorted out and now King Kev is back,he will sign very soon.

    For me without any doubt the captain should be Cacapa or Beye (slightly favour to Beye).

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Here’s some memories for you 🙂

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvaZmQrDc4g

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  • StevieA

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #22

    I would like to see us sign a world class midfielder to partner Charles N’Zogbia. Someone who can tackle, pass, and who has good football brain and engine. Barton could be the man if he puts his troubles behind him but I can imagine Keegan won’t put up with anything. He has no need too.

    Taylor is spot on. He could make a good captain but I would personally like to see Beye, or Faye as captain. Faye looks a brilliant defender, he reads the game so well. Can’t wait to see him back in defence!

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #23

    I hope it wasn’t lost on anyone how well we played without Butt, Smith and Barton. Funny how Pearson leaves it to the last game to pick a 4-4 -2 with everyone in the right positions and creative CMs in Zog and Emre.
    Allardyce could have saved himself time and again but chose not to.

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  • StevieA

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Nick. I totally agree. Smith and Butt don’t give much going forward or in defense.

    I would much prefer N’Zogbia and Emre or N’Zogbia and Barton for that matter. I would ideally like to see a quality midfielder come in mind, someone in the mold of Carrick or Deco maybe?

    Ideally someone quite defensive minded like Carrick. He would help to protect the back 4 and would be a great boost for the team. Someone like him if we can’t get him. Brown maybe? From Celtic?

    I am sure Keegan will bring a midfielder and striker in. I think we need another big striker in the mold of Ashton or Klose personally.

    That would help us to win some homes games! 🙂

    I would class Smith as a striker or emergency right winger now.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Id probably go for Trochowski for a bit of creativity, wouldnt be too expensive and is still very good.

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  • StevieA

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #26

    I just wonder if the Arshavin move will be back on?

    Hmmmmmmmm…

    🙂

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #27

    How much was Carrick to Man U was alot wasn’t it?
    Geordie boy from Wallsend, bet he used to goto Wallsend boys club! Alot of ex players did and some non ex players like me did to lol.

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  • StevieA

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #28

    I am pretty sure he did. I know Beardsley did and a few others too from that era.

    Carrick cost Man United around £16million. I think 20 million would tempt them. Yes I know it sounds like a hell of a lot for Michael Carrick but he would really help us to get to the next level with Keegan in charge.

    Huddlestone as an alternative? Not sure how defence minded he is mind. But he’s a brute 🙂

    He is not the best midfielder in europe by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s a local lad and I think he would have a point to prove too.

    He would help the defence and he knows where the goal is too. If not him then someone of the same mold at least. We need a big signing in midfield I think.

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  • jimmer

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #29

    whats happening with giles barnes?

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  • StevieA

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #30

    ^^ Not sure. Heard Aston Villa were after Giles Barnes. Anyone heard any different?

    Good player. A lot like a young Kieron Dyer but better with both feet. Would be good squad player/potential 1st teamer.

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  • jimmer

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #31

    would add height at set pieces too

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Well Carrick’s defo a KK type but that is alot of money.
    BUT “anything is possible with KK “

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  • StevieA

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Who? Giles Barnes? Huddlestone? Or Carrick? 🙂

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  • StevieA

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Oba it’s not a lot of money when you take into consideration he is an England International. He would be one of the best signings we could make for midfield. He would be a perfect fit.

    BUT would Sir Alex sell him? That’s the question!

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #35

    IMO Carrick and Dunne ? for January would be a good start.

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  • Keep Oba

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Barton needs to go from the banner…move up N’Zogbia to Bartons place as I think he will be golden under the attacking style of Keegan. And put Habib Beye where N’Zog was since he is the most solid of the BSA signings.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Well I heard with hargreaves joining he wasn’t too happy but thats press speculation tbh.

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  • Dingo

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Kiss goodbye to MO…. and about time too….. (has anybody read his autobiography?…. KK was his dark era!)….. Berbatov looks like a KK player to me, if AS is No.2 he may well be tempted.

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  • doby the mag

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #39

    I think Smith should be off the banner too Ed. Barton hasn’t been found guilty yet but Smith is as guilty as sin for crimes against football!!

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  • RAHUL

    Jan 17, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #40

    i am from kolkata indian toon

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