Time To End Any Smear Campaign Against Steven Taylor


Steven Taylor has suffered an apparent doubt broken jaw injury last Sunday morning, and according to the Sunday papers, seems to be the target of a vicious smear campaign that threatens his Newcastle career.

Steven Taylor – deserves respect and support of Newcastle fans

We have just two words for anybody that is behind this campaign – stop it.

Steven has been one of  Newcastle’s best players for a while now, and he has always been loyal to the Newcastle Club.

It’s a bad affair already with the Andy and Steven confrontation, and we shouldn’t be doing anything to make things any worse than they already are at the moment.

In fact Steven  has already refused to press charges against team-mate Andy Carroll, who is the one alleged to have broken his jaw.

But before this stuff gets completely out of  hand in the press, we suggest if there is somebody out there trying to smear Steven, then please cut it out.

The news is that Taylor and his family have been upset by an email making the rounds on Tyneside, that seems to be trying to cause some divisions within the Newcastle squad.

Printed copies of the email claim that “Taylor is despised at the club by all” and the news is that it’s  been handed around the pubs and clubs in Newcastle.

It is said to be featured on club fan web-sites, but we wouldn’t put stuff like that up on this site,  because it’s clearly aimed at causing friction at the  Newcastle club, and we’re completely opposed to any on that nonsense.

Apparently the document makes totally unfounded accusations against Steven Taylor, and that’s as far as we’ll go – time to stop this nonsense.

Steven has always been loyal to Newcastle United and simply doesn’t deserve any of this.

Give it a rest.



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64 comments so far

  • boater

    Mar 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Apologies for repeating myself – but I can’t keep up with you Ed today,,, love this site and all your work, but there must be another way to let a thread continue before another story goes up?

    the article from the guardian about taylor, carroll and worst of all a DAMNING indictment on hughton’s managerial credentials- she’s a card carrying mackem is louise taylor, a past contributor to love supreme n’all,

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/mar/27/steven-taylor-andy-carroll-newcastle

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  • StaffsToon

    Mar 28, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Personally havn’t seen anything quoted from Steven Taylor and until I do i’m plannin to ignore all the usual written press crap.

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  • Daverism

    Mar 28, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #3

    I love it how the blame is placed firmly at Carrols doorstep, no-one except Carroll, Taylor and any witnesses know what happened.

    I haven’t heard anything of any smear campaigns just rumours about what happened and who did what and if these rumours are true, I have to say Carroll will get my backing, every single one of you’s would have done the same thing.

    Its being dealt with in-house so we’ll probably never know the full details and that silly mackem from the guardian definately won’t.

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  • nufc2009

    Mar 28, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Daverism — and that why he tried to start on nzogbia aswell

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  • Daverism

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #5

    nufc2009, please fill me in on the details of that incident. I’d love to hear what N’Zog done to deserve a punch in the mouth. He didn’t like to step his lip up did he?

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  • nufc2009

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Daverism what about when he assault a man at a club ANDDD SMASHED A GLASS INTO A WOMANS FACE

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  • Daverism

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #7

    My life..

    It wasn’t a woman he ALLEGEDLY smashed a glass into, it was a bloke. He has yet to be found guilty of that also.

    He was charged with common assault on a woman also, common asssault can be anything as simple as a push.

    Come on mate, atleast get your facts right before you blurt them out.

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  • nufc2009

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #8

    emm have u seen carrolls hands ??

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  • Daverism

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Yes. Whats your point?

    I’m not saying he didn’t punch him, infact,I never once said that..

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  • nufc2009

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #10

    butt ur saying that everone shud be backing him

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  • nufc2009

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #11

    correction ur backing him

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  • Daverism

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #12

    No.

    I said, IF the rumours are correct, that Taylor was trying to boff the mother of his kid, then yes, Taylor deserved a punch in the face. I’d do the same and so would you.

    I did not at any point say “everyone should back Carroll” I said I would. I wasn’t trying to tell anyone what to do or organise any crazy smear campaigns.

    I like Steve Taylor, but IF the rumours are true, he was out of order and deserves to be put in check.

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  • boater

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Lads, lads,, point is to not take the bait and start incriminations until the summer at the very least. the club heirarchy is aware of the importance of carroll’s form in the coming weeks, nowt else matters until then, taylor isn’t fit so it’s not a pledge of loyalty by hughton which is what the papers are suggesting, it’s a pledge of loyalty to the club in order to get the result we ALL want,, in the summer we will see more about all this I’ve no doubt.

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  • Daverism

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Boater, I agree 100%!

    I think it’s unfair to blame Carroll when no-one knows what happened.

    I don’t think we’ll hear much about this in the summer either, I think this is as much as we’re ever going to hear.

    Taylor will be here next season as will Carroll, atleast I reckon/hope so.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed I don’t think Carroll would have hit Taylor for nothing. At the very least there must have been severe provocation. I know Carroll’s not the sharpest tool in the box, but Taylor does have that stupid inane smirking grin which probably wound Carroll up once too many times.

    It’s amazing how lax we are as a club on this kind of thing though. From Bowyer and Dyer, through to Barton and Carroll. The club never comes out and does the right thing. Discipline is a complete joke. Barton has gotten away with his antics for years for his £60k a week and Carroll seems equally unaccountable now.

    I’m a total hypocrite though because I would happily see Barton kicked out, but Carroll has been playing so well and apparently developed so much and so quickly, he would be a considerable loss at this point.

    Taylor I could live without as I think he’s very error prone and has escaped more criticism as he’s a local boy. That said how can a club totally overlook someone breaking a fellow professional’s jaw because he is deemed essential to the team !!

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  • Daverism

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Hypothetical situation..

    Wayne Rooney breaks Vidics nose in a fight… Do Man U sack Rooney?

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  • lenny83

    Mar 28, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Daverism…thats cany stupid. A: a jaw is way worse than a nose! B: Wayne Rooney is one of the best players in the WORLD! carroll is barely one of the best players in toon!

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 28, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Neither Taylor nor Carroll are innocent here, and both are guilty of thoughtless, unprofessional conduct at the very least even on the evidence to hand. Their actions at one point threatened to destabilise the club, and but for CH’s pragmatism might well have done.

    Taylor is not the victim here, and has strong friends in the press who frequently wade in to remind us of how innocent or sought after he is. Let’s not forget our valued local centre back has also been a trusted source for Louise Taylor in the past, see:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jan/17/newcastle-chris-hughton

    Louise Taylor’s article in today’s Observer appears to be an ill judged attempt to either return a favour to her inside source at the club, or shove a stick in the spokes of our promotion drive, but which one?

    Given how ‘impressed’ she was with Hughton in other articles it makes no sense to write such a sloppy and ill-judged article unless she is either grinding her own anti-NUFC agenda (dangerous if you want fans to read your articles), or helping someone else grind theirs. No names of course…

    Mister Boater has it right here, so for the next few weeks it’s all about results until we are promoted – the summer is the silly season when the accusations and recriminations can play out in the press. By then nobody will give a f*** if we are back in the Prem.

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  • Daverism

    Mar 28, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #19

    So, Rooney is excempt from punishment because he’s one of the best players in the world?

    Yes, im aware a broken nose is less serious than a broken jaw, but it’s still an injury inflicted by another professional…. Your response was stupid, mate.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 28, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #20

    As in life, one of them approaches the other and offers an apology and a hand. if it is accepted that is the end of the matter. If not then they have to avoid one another. I.E. One of them has to go.

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  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Mar 28, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #21

    This whole argument is stupid. Bottom line is that if the rumours are true it reflects very badly on Steven as a professional at this club. The Terry saga provided enough of a warning to avoid such mistakes and im disappointed in him (if true) that he would put the atmosphere at the club at risk.

    Above everything else our position at the moment is down to the stability and unity that Chris has instilled in the club. Up until the beginning of the season it was clear the players were divided, forming a number of small groups along with the rumours of frequent ‘personality clashes’.

    I could lie and say that (again if the rumours are true) that Carrol took things too far and was completely unjustified however I simply can’t. Taylor made a mistake and should use the time out to remember where his bread is buttered. I can’t help being more disappointed in him than Carrol..as to be honest i would have done the same thing.

    What is more important than all of this however is how we all move on from this. One thing i certainly dont want is another divided dressing room. The premier league is getting tougher and again assuming we make it, we certainly wont want to be shooting ourselves in the foot from the offset by letting these incidences spoil what we have so far achieved.

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  • NewcastleMole

    Mar 28, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Theyre both idiots.

    Yes they’re entitled to a private life but not if it interferes with their job. No one knows what exactly happened, or who is to blame.

    We’re Guaranteed a play-off place.

    We need to focus on turning that into promotion.

    Everything else can wait till that is done.

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  • Tooony

    Mar 28, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #23

    One thing is for sure, Newcastle needs to get rid of players who are always causing trouble otherwise it will affect teams performance. We all rememner what happened on the pitch between Bowyer and Dyer

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 28, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Carroll is a THUG he is on bail for ABH (which is much worse than GBH & if guilty normally carries a prison sentence he was found guilty of punching a girl in Newcastle & now the Taylor thing. Get rid of him we have enough idiots like Barton in the squad without more.

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  • murvar

    Mar 28, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #25

    The cub’s silence – other than Hughton complimenting Carroll for his Donny performance – has not helped here. The speculation has gone unchecked. The other point that is missed is that Carroll’s attack has damaged the squad by injuring a player who could have made a playing contribution before the end of the season. In slightly different circumstances that could have been disastrous to our promotion push. It’s bad enough losing a player because he’s injured by an opponent – but it’s sinful when it happens through an assault by a team “mate”.

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  • boater

    Mar 28, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Tooony – yes we all remember what happened on the pitch between dyer and bowyer, what’s your point?

    Wasn’t too much longer before they were moved on and replaced with leggy, immobile midfielders without any dash or craft- rendering us fatally square-footed in midfield for the next 3 years.

    My point is talented players often come with some baggage, not always but often. SBR’s talented young side of champagne charlies was dismantled unceremoniously by sourness. Great! miserable workmanlike football followed.

    Daverism’s point I think is what price our armchair morals if we just sell on our best young players all the time? Rooney at manure being an excellent case in point just a few years back. I remember SBR talking about this with kluivert, romario and bellemy.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 28, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #27

    HERES THE TRUE STORY…..Taylor was texting Carrols lass who has Andy’s bairn, while the Toon were at Swansea and he was in Newcastle, asking her to come round…Taylor used to shag her before carroll. Taylor is despised at the club by all, very arrogant and done his best to move to Everton last summer which pissed the lads off. His Fatha, the copper, has gone to the press and spinning loads of shite on the back of Carrolls bother in the Bigg market….Here’s the depth of feeling in the squad….Harper, Nolan, Smudge, Butt and Shola all went in and told Hughton yesterday to sell Taylor because of his selfish attitude. Carroll is apparantly thick as mince but a good honest lad and easily wound up.. They were in the treatment room after training when Carroll went up to Taylor and said ‘One chance to admit it as i’ve seen the texts’ and Taylor just laughed

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 28, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #28

    That didnt come from me, this is the email and text that is floating about. i love both carroll and taylor, but i have heard taylor is unpopular many of times.

    on a lighter note, this is like a training match for the scouse against the unwashed.

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  • geordie jock

    Mar 28, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #29

    This is an absolute disgrace, all the fans are taking sides against Taylor and Carroll. The club is at fault for not taking action against the guilty party, if they had done this would have been forgotten and we could have moved on and concentrated on promotion, but no, the shite that controls our club once again shoot themselves in the foot by dragging the problem on. Ashley, Bambiesarse and Hughton should be ashamed for not sorting this out.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Ho Ho Ho
    Liveerpool 3 scumberland 0
    1718: GOAL Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland
    From BBC Sport
    1717: Sunderland are doing a bit better this half, but then they couldn’t play much worse. Liverpool have taken their foot off the accelerator a touch, but perhaps only for now.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 28, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #31

    1743: Liverpool are running down the clock here. If I was a Sunderland player, I’d be absolutely delighted to take a 3-0 – it could have been a whole lot worse.

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  • iain

    Mar 28, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #32

    considering anyone from the club hasn’t commented on the situation how do we not know they havn’t sorted it out ???

    i mean taylor isn’t pressing any criminal charges which suggests that what ever went on and who was to blame for what, taylor is doing what is best for nufc and doing carroll a huge favour at the same time…

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  • balubas1

    Mar 28, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #33

    I totally agree with those who say that no-one knows what really happened but the involved parties.. people are just so damn curious that rumours spread like rats in a barn.. also it might be someone with an agenda (smell scum?)..

    anyhow.. I am so pissed that two of my favourite players at NUFC don’t seem to stand eachother..
    IF the story is true, they have both let Newcastle down as they have shown behaviour that doesn’t belong in a top club like Newcastle. Who’s shagging who (or texting whatever!).. I dont care.. The Club comes first!

    And someone mentioned “what if it happend between rooney and vidic”… Well.. there must be a reason that i DOESN’T happen… I don’t mean to bash Hughton, but the manager has as a main task to MANAGE these situations and make sure they dont occur.

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  • pobstar

    Mar 28, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Totally agree with balubas1. CH could have stopped this by happening. He must have heard rumours. Good managers MANAGE players, that’s what you need in the prem. A good coach is neededin the fizzy pop. That is why so many don’t make it. I’m sorry but this wouldn’t have happened had Keegan been in charge.

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  • Shot Bru

    Mar 28, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Just as well all this nonesense has happened in the Championship while we’re top of the league and winning games. My fear is if this same situation was to occur at this stage next season while we’re fighting relegation in the Premiership, the press will crucify us leading to irreversible divisions in the camp and relegation. We just can’t afford to give the media anymore soap opera stories as it’s hard enough just concentrating on the football. This is why i believe we have to get rid of Barton and Carroll too much baggage and sell Taylor if he doesn’t wanna be here and replace these muppets with some professionals for a change.

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  • boater

    Mar 28, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #36

    pobstar– !?!?!?!?

    “this wouldn’t have happened had keegan been in charge.”

    that’s hilarious, just in case anyone had thought the toon army had finally woken up from their deluded romantic nostalgia… haha! Keegan would have left after the defeat at blackpool saying he’s done all he can and can take the club no further forward.

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  • boater

    Mar 28, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #37

    shot bru, yeah then when their replacements do something we don’t like either we can sell them and start again with new players, and on and on like that, we’ll be in the second division then hey! but they’ll all be nice people playing for the club!!

    lads,, yees are like old women gossiping over the garden fence. WE don’t know the story, a dicey email that’s floated around is probably a load of rubbish.

    1) the club is investigating the incident so it hasn’t turned a blind eye or shown tacit support for either player.
    2) hughton knows the importance of carroll at the moment to us being promoted – and that’s his and everyone’s priority.
    3) the clique story has been initiated by a mackem guardian writer who is looking to create unrest for the sake of it… divvent rise to it. Hughton is doing everything just about bang on – as he has all season.. the guy’s a genius if y’ask me.

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  • Shot Bru

    Mar 28, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Hey Boater so you’re quite happy keepin Barton at the club?

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 28, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #39

    boater im fully on yourside of thinking but there is meant to be a clique, i have even heard this long before this happned. and as for the fella saying this wouldnt happen if keegan was in charge, fcuk off you soft daft cont

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  • Bosck

    Mar 28, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #40

    Geordiedoonsouth – you’re talking rubbish. irrespective of your opinions on the current situation GBH is far worse than ABH, the full title of which is assault occasioning actual bodily harm, which can be a push or something as simple as that and need not cause permanent damage. GBH on the other hand is a serious assault resulting in long term or permanent physical or mental injury.

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