Steven Taylor was born in Greenwich, but his family are Geordies, and he moved back to the North East when he was two weeks old.
Steven Taylor – family are Geordies
And Newcastle’s plight right now is more than a little upsetting to the player who supported Newcastle as a boy, as he told The Times:
“I grew up in Churchill playing fields in Whitley Bay, playing football every day.”
“Ours was a black-and-white house. My dad had always gone to the match, just like his dad, and we had season tickets in the Sir John Hall Stand.”
“I was a ballboy, too, and that was the best feeling ever. I never thought at that age that I’d end up playing for this club.”
“Everything led up to Saturday and those feelings are still there, still inside me. I know that for the supporters, their week is guided by our results and that’s a big responsibility.”
“I think it’s when I score goals that it all comes out of me — I celebrate like the fans celebrate. Once I ran the length of the pitch and I regretted doing it, because with two minutes to go, I couldn’t do anything. My legs felt like jelly.”
Steven actually started as a striker and when he played for Cramlington Juniors went to center-back out of necessity when the center-back was injured, and has played there ever since.
That’s probably explains why Steven likes to get upfield and of course goes crazy when he scores a goal – like most strikers.
SDteven talked about the plight of Newcastle United right now:
“Relegation?” “This club belongs in Europe.” “When this club takes off again, it’s going to be absolutely unbelievable. It’s just a matter of when. It’s just waiting.”
“We need to stay up this season and then concentrate on getting into Europe,”
“This club belongs there. We’ve played in the Champions League. When we were knocked out of Europe a couple of years ago, it killed us a bit because it wasn’t the same.”
“You want to be traveling, having something different to challenge for. It doesn’t feel right without it.”
“The last thing we want is to be watching the television when other English clubs are playing in Europe. Every match hurts like a kick in the teeth.”
“I thought our squad was very small last year, but it’s got even smaller.”
Most local Newcastle fans would be surprised at just how well the Newcastle club is known around the world, since we haven’t done well these last four seasons, but did well under Bobby Robson and also we were successful under Kevin Keegan in the 1990s.
But it’s almost a cliche now to say the Newcastle deserve this and that, when our form since Robson left has been hopeless, let’s be honest.
We need two things to happen, and in a specific order.
First step is to survive relegation, and then we really need to reshape our squad in the summer – make it bigger and better.
If we can do that then maybe next year we’ll be safe from relegation at this time – and that would be a start – and an improvement over the last three years.