Ryan Taylor played with Steven Taylor on the England Under-21 side, and it turns out they were already big buddies before Ryan arrived on Tyneside last month.
The Two Tayls On Tyneside – Ryan and Steven
Ryan told the Sunday Sun today:
“The fact I was mates with Steven helped in making the decision to join Newcastle a little bit easier,” “It was handy knowing someone who lived in the city and who could put me right about things in the North East.”
“I met him at the under-21s and we hit it off. We got on really well, kept in touch and I saw him every now and again, and when he told me about Newcastle being interested I was buzzing.”
“It makes it easier when you know someone when you arrive at a new club, so coming here wasn’t a problem, especially with him actually being from up here.”
And It didn’t take too long for the two Tayls to hit it off again, when it was Ryan’s left wing corner from which Steven scored that vital 3rd goal at West Brom last time out, just before half time, and it proved to be the winner.
“We had a laugh the night before the West Brom game,” “Steven told me to put one in from a corner and he’d head one in, and it turned out exactly like that. It was weird.”
“But then we’re both defenders who like to score goals (Ryan scored four in as many games for Wigan against Newcastle). He’s not scared to put his head and his foot in.”
“And my dead-ball kicks are something that can be beneficial for Newcastle. It worked for Wigan — I can remember one against Spurs that came in the 93rd minute and won us the game 1-0.”
“Things like that can change a season. Set plays are such an important part of the game these days. If I can contribute that way then I’ll be delighted.”
Ryan grew up in the Liverpool suburb of Kirkby in a family split between the Blues and the Reds, and of course he began his career at that other Merseyside club, Tranmere Rovers.
Ryan went on:
“My family’s mixed, there’s a lot of reds and a lot of blues and quite a lot of them will be there on Sunday. A few of them — my mum, my older brother and some uncles — are blues.”
“In my actual house, it’s split down the middle — two reds and two blues. Me and my dad Darren on one side and my mum Debbie and my brother James on the other.”
“It was always lively in the house on derby day!” “I remember as a kid going to Liverpool games from as little as I remember. It’s that long ago that the Kop was still all-standing.”
“There was a wall in the Kop with a 50ft drop, and my uncle would always make me sit on that, although he’d obviously keep hold of me. That was my spot for every home game and I’ve supported them ever since.”
“I know quite a few of the Everton lads, but Leighton Baines and I have grown up together since we were 10,” Ryan adds. “We played Sunday League together and came back together as team-mates at Wigan, so it’ll be nice to see him again.”
“He’ll be left-back and, depending on our formation I might be playing on the right, so I’ll be looking to skin him!”
“There’ll certainly be a bit of banter flying around. I played against him once for Wigan and we won 1-0 so I wouldn’t mind the same result on Sunday.”
And what about his mother?
“I’m sure when she comes to the game, she’ll want her son to do well instead of the team she supports ”
Sounds like a real mother to us. 😀