Local Lad Taylor Talks Of The Terrible Torment Of Relegation

Today is almost the two year anniversary of Newcastle’s relegation, when they lost 1-0 at Aston Villa.

Steven Taylor – his career low point was the relegation

During that game the Aston Villa fans were not too sympathetic to the Magpies, and seemed to delight that a club like Newcastle, were on their way down.

Well, the shoe’s on the other foot now, but we’ll not stoop as low as they did on that day, and we would hope a club with a history like Aston Villa’s will stay in the Premier League.

And that’s one definition of compassion – don’t criticize others too much when they are down – because the shoe may be on the other foot in the future.

What goes around comes around, or what you sow you will reap – are a couple of other ways of saying the exact same thing – that’s how life seems to work.

Newcastle fans will now know exactly what Villa fans will be going through at the moment, where relegation is a possibility, if not a probability.

And of course if Newcastle can do the double over Aston Villa today, they will stay just 2 points above the drop zone, with 6 games still to play.

If Aston Villa do go down they will have to unload a load of their top players in the summer, to reduce the wage bill,  and it will be a fire sale, and the Aston Villa club will not get the market value of their good players.

Such is the tragedy of relegation from the Premier League.

May 24, 2009 was a sad sad day for the Newcastle club, and even as I write this those terrible memories are flooding back.

Steven Taylor talked about the pain and humiliation that relegation brought to the Toon, and to at least some of  our players when it happened:

“Going down was 100 per cent a ­career low point for me.” “For any player who played that day, I’d say it was probably the same.” “For anyone who was part of the club, it was one of the worst days in ­Newcastle’s history.”

“I had the last kick in the ­Premier League. Those last four minutes of the game, I remember looking over at the clock in the corner of the stand and I couldn’t believe we were going to be a Championship side.”

“It was the most emotional I’ve ever been. It kicks in as soon as the final whistle goes – you see the fans in tears. It was a horrible feeling.” “A few people stood up afterwards in the dressing room and said to some others, ‘You don’t know what it means’.”

“But the main thing is, you look at the lads who stuck with it. Look where it has got us now.” “In a way, relegation was the best thing to ­happen to the club.”

“A few years ­before then things hadn’t been too good – we’d flirted with ­relegation for a couple of years.” “But things have now changed. Tthe team spirit was there ­under Chris Hughton in the ­Championship as it is now under Alan Pardew. We won’t let it ­happen again.’’

“On the morning of the game I had a walk around the hotel grounds and Villa supporters were singing, ‘You’re going down’. That wasn’t a particularly nice touch.” “The main thing was we’d had 37 games before that to get ourselves out of the relegation battle and we couldn’t do it.”

“But what the Villa fans said ­mattered massively to us. Our fans were behind us from the start – even in the warm-up.” “It was a tense day for them. We could hear the fans ­celebrating ­because Hull were ­getting beaten by Man United.”

“You didn’t want to be the one that gave a goal away. It was ­unfortunate for Damien Duff ­because Gareth Barry’s shot came off his heel and went in.” “Villa that day? You’d have thought they were the ones ­fighting relegation! They were chasing us down the wings, creating a lot of chances and we didn’t create any.”

“I think we had one shot on ­target all day.’’

And that was the disgrace of the Newcastle players that day, that in such a crucial game for the Newcastle club, most of them looked like they couldn’t care less.

And that’s one huge reason if players want to leave the club for pastures anew in the summer – let them go.

Just make sure we get a huge fee for them, and then we can bring in players who will be proud to wear the famous black and white stripes of Newcastle, and really want to be on Tyneside.

And to think I managed to do this piece without even mentioning the poster boy of our relegation – Michael Owen.


Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • ochytoon

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Whoever was talking about Benfica’s Fabio Coentrao, I have heard Madrid are looking at him as well as Liverpool so I doubt we could get him. Also, I saw something about Liverpool’s tapping up of players, at Southampton, Commoli was watching Chamberlain week in week out and trying to unsettle him by speaking to him after the game and such. When January rolled around, He simply sent an e-mail to Southampton stating how much they were going to offer. He has since been banned from the stadium and Liverpool’s offer was rejected along with Arsenal’s due to unprofessional negotiation. I hear it was Man Utd who behaved in a polite manner

  • davybtoon

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    how ironic is it that we go to villa today n can secure our pl survival n at same time condem villa to relegation battle, what goes around comes around and we are gonna get revenge for what happened ago 2years n i believe our players have been waiting for this day for 2years now 4-1 the toon barton,shola,ranger n airey to score

  • ochytoon

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Good young player I watched in the Benfica v PSV game:

  • davybtoon

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    as for jose i wouldnt be grudge him a move to milan,madrid or barca as i blieve deal is already done with one of these clubs, n we will get oscar wednt or taiwo on a free or weve been watchin a few spanish left backs

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Jose Has Served His Time – We would Love Him To Stay But I Think We all Know Deep Down He is Off as he wants to Play In The world Cup For Spain. Next Season If the Money is Well Spent We could Get into the Top 6 and Win a Cup Maybe !!! Just Need 2 proper Centre Forwards . The Lads We have are Just Not Cutting It !!!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    “Well, the shoe’s on the other foot now, but we’ll not stoop as low as they did on that day, and we would hope a club with a history like Aston Villa’s will stay in the Premier League”.

    Speak for yourself Ed, I for one will be chuffed to bits if our 6-0 hammering of them was putting the lid on the coffin and if (if) we win today we are putting another nail in.

  • breadman

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    I always thought we could have a look at cheaper (since we all MA is not known for big money purchases) prospect from the other non-footballing nations, like USA. How about Juan Agudelo? I bet we could nick him for 5mil max.


    It is at least better than trying to get EPL players past their prime.

  • thepict

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8

    It will give me so much pleasure if we get 3 points today and put another nail in their coffin.

  • MonsterMagnet

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Villa fans are a joke. A nothing club that is going nowhere whose fans only take pleasure in other fans’ misery. I’m off to the game today and I hope the fantastic travelling support will be in fine form. We need to out-sing them all day and back our team no matter what. We took the Brummies down a peg or two at home this season, let’s finish the job today. Let’s teach their mob of ‘fans’ a bit of dignity – no matter what the result, we will never, ever, be like Villa fans. HWTL

  • Burni

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Gg: with u 100% mate! Couldn’t care less about class or what goes around comes around….. We already got ours! The villa fans were pathetic on that fateful day and I for …. Er ….. 2 would love to put the second nail in their coffin today, fingers crossed!


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