The Two Tayls Are Two Mates At Newcastle


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.

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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.

Ryan continued:

“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.   😀



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30 comments so far

  • 619nufc

    Feb 22, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Any chance they distant relatives? 😛

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  • 619nufc

    Feb 22, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #2

    YES!!!!

    First for the first time

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  • toooooonfan

    Feb 22, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #3

    be funny if they were long lost brothers

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  • Leo

    Feb 22, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #4

    just about to leave for the match, my prediction is 2-0 to newcastle

    im optimistic so if i was pessimistic i would say 2-2

    on either instance to get anything out of the game we need to come out strong and get a goal, i dont care whether its a lucky goal or not

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  • UTD111

    Feb 22, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #5

    So two of our players are friends….

    erm…..great..!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 22, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #6

    haha 619 😀

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  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 22, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Everton havent won a game without chaill this season 😉

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  • Joseph

    Feb 22, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #8

    toon factor, really? oh and any word on whether pienar fellaini and osman are available for them?

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  • batty

    Feb 22, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #9

    3 1 to the toon

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 22, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #10

    hope your right batty i am confident we can win but if not we should remember that everton a realy good team

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  • Alex

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #11

    That’s the score i think too batty Oba , Duff & Nolan to score . i think Oba & Lovenkrands are going to destroy their defence

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  • batty

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #12

    beye we will win today no probs let face it we are due a home win arnt we

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  • batty

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #13

    i think oba will go flipping mad

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  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #14

    8 Joseph

    All out, me evertonian friend still thinks a 3-0 everton win though, what an idiot 3-1 toon

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Anyone got any links? I think we’ll win, but it’ll be tight!

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  • Stardust

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #16

    From my Blackberry – Just been past the monument – NUSC are dying! They have a big Ashley – Wise Out sign and are playing the drums – think there’s about 15 of them and the rest are shopper watching them – bit like they do the Peruvian Pipers! Of course though there’s a camera there – they look like the morons they are woooooo hooooooo

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  • batty

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #17

    toon factor 3 1 is >>25 to1 m8 get a few quid on it

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  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #18

    am underage

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  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #19

    NOOOOOOOOO Martins and Gutierrez on Bench

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #20

    stardust

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    good news then if their is cameras their for that then it shows they have nout to report

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  • dougnufc

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Are the coaches in Newcastle blind? Shola over Martins? S. Taylor over Gutierrez?

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #22
  • DanToon

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Not happy with the starting line-up at all,

    CH & CC scared to change the team! They will lose us the game today (if we do), tactically inept!

    TOON, TOON…

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #24

    I think it shows some strength of character by the two C’s, it rewards people playing well and winning, and martin’s and gutierrez can be great impact players. What NEEDS to happen though, is if someone’s playing badly, they need to come off, however as it stands i’m happy with the lineup because of the bench.

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  • nufc1987

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #25

    ameobi over martins hahaha wot a joke. ch and cc f**king clueless useless pricks, the lot of them need sacked.

    rant over

    oh and we’ll struggle today.

    sad times

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  • DanToon

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #26

    NotAGhostToon – I agree with you to some extent about rewarding players for winning but there is a big difference to WBA who we only just beat and Everton! We need our strongest team out from the start, it’s no good going 2-0 down before we bring on our impact players!

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #27

    i thought gutierrez would be playing and he shoulf have but hopefully he can make an impact as a sub

    he would have been useful prtection against arteta

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #28

    It depends on how we’re playing, if we go 1-0 and are playing badly then we bring on the impact players asap, which will show if the management team have balls. However i think we’ll play well, which doesn’t mean we won’t lose, but i think confidence breeds confidence, and you’ve got to bare in mind that its Martin’s first game back he’ll be better suited to a sub appearance anyway (the cheer will lift the team surely)

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  • NewManagerPlz

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #29

    For crying out loud Shola Ameobi? id rather have played duff up front and stuck jonas on the left.

    I dont care if he ends up winning us the game he is utterly useless.

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  • NewManagerPlz

    Feb 22, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Ameobi is starting cause he’s a big man to go with the little man Lovenkrands. The problem is if you’re playing Big/Little man strike force, that if you’re Big man is useless in the air then that pretty much ruins the partnership.

    Shola gives away need less fouls all the time and its pathetic.

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