Probably the two best youngsters to come through the Newcastle Academy over the last several years are local lads Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor.
Andy Carroll – while still a Newcastle player
Steven played with Andy for some four years, and is almost exactly three years older than the Gateshead-born striker, with both players being born in the month of January and both have played for the England U21 side, and of course big Andy is now a full England International.
Steven has talked about Andy Carroll today:
“Andy was here since he was a young lad and it’ll be a big day for him,” he said.
“He’s done fantastic for Newcastle, he’s scored some great goals for us this season and of course against Liverpool.”
“But it’ll be a good moment for him to play against us and for the lads too because we used to train and play with him.”
“They’re in good form but we’ve got to perform like we know we can.”
We’re so pleased that Steven is so magnanimous about his former team-mate Andy Carroll.
It would not be good to even mention that Andy broke Steven’s jaw in a confrontation between the two local lads just over a year ago.