After Shearer Pre-Match Team Talk You Give Everything

Steven Taylor was interviewd after the game on Monday night, and he came across as a lifelong Newcastle fan who had just the goal he thionks will be the most important goal he ever scores for the club.


Steven Taylor – scoring on Monday night

We wonder if Steven thinks scoring the winner in the European Champions League Final will be bigger than the one on Monday night – and I’m only half  kidding.

Steven knows Alan Shearer well, and he has no doubt that it’s the personality, drive and inspiration of this man that is turning things around big time at the club.

We heard all about Alan’s pre-match team talks when he was helping Glenn Roeder manage the club at the the end of the 2005-2006 season, after Graeme Souness had been fired. And Steven says after one of his talks you just want to go out there and play 110% for Newcastle.

Alan has started to get players playing out of their skins for him and Steven on Monday night was no exception, as he rocketed gome a bullet header after 9 minutes from a Danny Guthrie corner. The lads had been practicing that all week in training.

And Steven, who is getting used to scoring regularly these days, got his 4th goal of the season on Monday night, and knows it’s the influence of Shearer that is turning things around at his home town club.

Steven said:

“Everything is down to him,” “We know what he gives and what he means to this football club.”

“His team-talks in the dressing room make you want to give absolutely everything and everyone feels like that.” “We were all delighted for him after Monday’s game.”

“But we have to take that into the last two games now and use the win as a stepping stone.” “We want maximum points from the last two.” 

If you have a membership in Newcastle United TV make sure you check out the player interviews.

There’s a great one with Mark Viduka, who comes across so well and was so relieved after the Monday night win. And we have to admit we didn’t realize Mark seems to love the Newcastle United club so much, and of course he says it’s just an honor to play for Alan Shearer.

As we said it’s a great interview and certainly warms the heart.

Comments welcome.

52 comments so far

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 14, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #1

    love taylor, will be our captain for years to come

  • Toon Graeme

    May 14, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Tayls the Toon Terry?

  • SuperShearer

    May 14, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #3

    We have to beat Fulham this weekend, if we do I think we will be safe due to our goal difference. Anything else would put us under a lot of pressure and undo all the great work from Monday night. Come on boys go out there and finish the job so we can forget this season and start looking to next.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 14, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #4

    indeed he is graeme.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 14, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #5

    I have always rated Taylor. His determination sometimes gets the best of him as he can sometimes be caught out of position in the opposing teams half. He is talented and plays with great pride and passion every time. I strongly believe his best position is RB as he loves to bomb forward and is dangerous in set pieces and sometimes makes a few defenders nervous as he runs at them. Our future captain no-doubt. First give it to Beye and then Taylor and then Bassong 😀

  • cicero

    May 14, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s 100% black & white and gives everything for the cause, but he worries at the back, I’m not sure if he’s disciplined enough. I felt happier when he was playing at full back. I wouldn’t mind seeing him playing as the defensive midfielder as his energy and ferocity would upset any opposition’s attacking midfielders.

  • Flan

    May 14, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m headin to see toon play for the 1st time ever on Sat, they’d wanna win !!

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 14, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #8


    Steven Taylor playing as a defensive midfielder-now that would be interesting.

    He might actually be very good there too.

  • chuck

    May 14, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Is this the same Taylor many of the (so called) fans were tearing into lately, the guy who was another Titus Bramble?
    Have to say it was a spectacular goal and something that he has done more than once lately, yes there`s a similarity there between he and Terry.
    Course you are becoming a little euphoric there Ed. winning the eurpean cup while the fight to survive in the PL is still going on is jumping the gun a bit.

  • stevep

    May 14, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #10

    He’s scored 4 goals as a defender so maybe his best position is as a striker! he’s already halfway to Owens and Martins goal tallys – if only our midfield could chip in with a few goals each we wouldn’t be in this position – here’s a table of non striker goals by club.

    G = Total Goals
    GBS = Goals by Strikers
    GBS% = percentage of goals by strikers

    Team – G – GBS (GBS%)
    1. Man United 49 – 20 (41%)
    2. Liverpool 54 – 23 (43%)
    3. Chelsea 49 – 21 (43%)
    4. Arsenal 48 – 24 (50%)
    5. Aston Villa 43 – 19 (44%)
    6. Everton 40 – 12 (30%)
    7. Wigan 30 – 16 (53%)
    8. West Ham 35 – 20 (57%)
    9. Fulham 30 – 17 (57%)
    10. Man City 46 – 20 (43%)
    11. Spurs 36 – 18 (50%)
    12. Bolton 32 – 16 (50%)
    13. Hull 35 – 20 (57%)
    14. Sunderland 29 – 19 (66%)
    15. Pompey 32 – 21 (66%)
    16. Stoke 29 – 15 (52%)
    17. Blackburn 33 – 20 (61%)
    18. Newcastle 36 – 23 (64%)
    19. Middlesboro 21 – 16 (76%)
    20. West Brom 26 – 11 (42%)

  • stevep

    May 14, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #11

    actually that data is from last month but reflective of current data

  • Toon Graeme

    May 14, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Flan – where you sitting mate?

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 14, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #13

    stevep – That’s very interesting. You can clearly see that teams that depend on their strikers for goals don’t do rather well in the league. We desperately need a complete new midfield. We should keep what we have already got there as back-up and buy four new midfielders with pace, vision and great passers of the ball.

  • stevep

    May 14, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m still gutted about the fact Luis Suarez was offered to Newcastle for 5 million in 2007 prior to signing for Ajax and we turned his agent down flat – the fact he’s probably worth well over 20 million means we’ll never be able to get him 🙁

  • Big Dave

    May 14, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Lads wait till Jonas scores as i am 100% sure that when he gets his 1st goal out of the way he will become a true legend for the toon

  • beyethegreat

    May 14, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #18

    steve p but thats in the dutch league alves once scored 7 goals in 1 match

  • tdt

    May 14, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #19






    Subs: Krul, Edgar, Butt, Geremi, LuaLua, Carroll, Owen.

    What do you guys think?

    Sub LuaLua, Carroll and Owen for R.Taylor, Viduka and Martins respectably. When ever the 1st teamers get tired.

    Jonas is good cover for the weaker LB that is Duff, Beye can over-lap on the right also. maybe have a diamond in the center with guthrie dropping back (like Butt does) and nolan pushing forward and being more creative like he was on monday?

  • Doocey

    May 14, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Suarez is a great player but he wouldn’t be as good as he is, if he moved to us in 2007.

  • stevep

    May 14, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #21

    @beye – he couldn’t have done a worse job than Xisco or Guiterrez who both cost 5 million +
    You have to take a punt on foreign players at some stage, you could say the same about Torres, Drogba, Kuyt, Huntelarrr etc etc

    @doocey – fair comment, we’d have knocked any flair out of him, left him isolated, toon fans would be on his back etc etc – he’d prob be worth about 500k today 🙂

  • AndyT

    May 14, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #22

    True, Doocey.
    tdt, i would dread to see Ryan Taylor starting right wing for us again. He was absolutely awful every time he played there for us. I think Shearer has left him out of the 18 because he just doesn’t rate the guy. He’s a right back, and that’s about it. Among other positions, we desperately need a new right winger over the summer.

  • ben-nufc

    May 14, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #23





    n good on ya flan can any of you remember your 1st toon game mine was barnsley away in october 2001 we won 1-0 bellamy good times.

  • tdt

    May 14, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Indead Andy. However, nolan was dropped from the squad and look how he responded, i think that might be shearer’s thinking 4 R.Taylor, hopefully at least. That is a realistic team in my poinion, i would prefer 2 have lualua on the right, but i dont know if he’ll be thrown in at such a cruisal stage. Dont really want geremi there, not many options unfortunately.

  • Doocey

    May 14, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Anyone see Rakitic’s freekick?

  • tdt

    May 14, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #26

    My first game was a european match (i think), when stuart pearce scored a peach of a freekick. happy days. 1998 i believe.

  • stevep

    May 14, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #27

    My first game was the fairs cup final, only thing I can remember was my dad picking me up and holding me above his head with the crowd going wild – I didnt have a kin clue what was happening.

    I was only 4 years old like

  • stevep

    May 14, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #28

    I’ve thought I was the messiah ever since 🙂

  • tdt

    May 14, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #29


  • stevep

    May 14, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #30

    ahhh the 73/74 season when players were prescriber beer for a lack of form

    At the beginning of the season Harvey decided he needed to build up his weight and ordered him to start drinking milk stout as “he is not the Barrowclough who deservedly won Under-23 caps.”

    Macdonald’s season was once again disrupted by injury causing him to miss a number of matches. However he still managed 25 goals in 41 matches. He was overlooked by Ramsey as England disastrously failed to qualify for the Cup Final and managed to upset a number of people with his outspoken newspaper ramblings.

    “He became the third United player to be prescribed beer when a fatigue problem was put down to iron deficiency thus explaining an inability to enter his teams half when United were under pressure.”

  • stevep

    May 14, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Wasn’t aware of this website

    Fantastic stuff

  • boater

    May 14, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Suarez is an ace player although like others – arshavin, huntellar, etc. we had a chance to sign them and it’s too late now. But another one who looks the part is Dembele… the young belgian lad.. who has been smashing for AZ (champions) in der nederlands this season. Not as prolific as Suarez but more of a target man with a bit of pace…

    TDT- putting R. Taylor and Jonas on the wings? Please God no. Are you a Hull or smoggy supporter lad?

    AndyT – we do need a right winger.. deed right. I would go to Germany to get Farfan… the Peruvian heir apparent to wor Nobby.. he can play on the right of midfield, in a diamond formation of 3 and up front/ in the hole… scores 10 a season…

    I know I gan on about Farfan but I also used to go on about huntellar before he went to Ajax as well as being gutted when Bramble left – so you can make your own mind up how credible I am.

  • tdt

    May 14, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #33

    🙂 boater, black and white all the way! i know what ur saying, but what r the other options: 433? myt work but boro game shows that a solid 442 can work with viduka up top, because the ball sticks 2 him! lol. the 433 holds romantic thoughts of batting fulham for 6, but i think 442 would be the sensible bet, going on the tactics shown in the boro game. we are lacking at LB and RM, badly. they will be key areas for strengthening come the summer.

  • boater

    May 14, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #34

    tdt.. sounds like the main reason we can’t start with 4-3-3 is due to Oba’s niggling groin. The funny thing is that people think it’s a risky attacking strategy … but it’s actually when we have reverted to the holding shape (liverpool) that we have shipped goals. The old addage about the best form of defense is attack… For me the 4-3-3 works for two reasons… play your best players no matter formation AND we have no creativity from midfield so may as well bypass and let the forward three create for each other… which has proven to be the way that system works.

  • boater

    May 14, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #35

    My ‘berated but very underrated’ toon 11…


  • hksarroy

    May 14, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #36

    tayls is really really great, he MUST be the next captian, and toons terry

  • Doocey

    May 14, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Taylor isn’t going to be captain next season.
    Too young I think yet but future one for sure.
    He’s better when he’s playing without any pressure

  • tdt

    May 14, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #38

    I am not 100% sure when the 433 is involved. I agree however that if oba, owen and viduka r fill they will make it work, but they are rarely 100% at the same time. This is why the 442 will be more effective, doesnt look like oba can hack a full 90 mins at the moment, unfortunatey. Which, if any, type of striker does Ranger fit into, ie is he a finisher like Owen (appartently 🙂 ), pacey like oba or strong hold-up player like viduka? I say use lualua and ranger at some point saturday, maybe as subs after 60-70 mins.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 14, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #39

    anyone wana play fifa on ps3?

  • DevonMag

    May 14, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Gerrard if it was xbox mate I’d be there…
    I’d rip you up as well 😉


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