As we reported yesterday Newcastle’s fantastic start to the season is the third best ever by Newcastle in the Premier League.
Steven Taylor beats Saha to the ball on Saturday
The first two seasons in the Premier League back in the mid 1990s when Kevin Keegan was manager, are the only times Newcastle started a Premier League season better than this season.
And Newcastle equaled another record on Saturday, when they beat Everton 2-1, and went their first 11 games unbeaten.
25 year-old Steven Taylor is back to his very best in the Newcastle side, and had another very strong performance at center-back on Saturday, in spite of having to wear that protective mask to shield his recently broken nose.
And in the first half he got a whack on the mask, and the TV commentators were suggesting he may have to come off, but a couple of minutes later Steven was in the thick of the action again.
Steven has a heart of a lion, and he again showed that on Saturday, as he helped Newcastle go 3rd top of the league on 25 points after 11 games, 3 points above Chelsea and Tottenham and 6 points above Liverpool.
In the 1994-1995 season Steven was only eight years old, but he was still was a season ticket holder with his dad Alf in the Leazes End of the ground.
But it will be a mini-miracle if the team can now actually break the unbeaten record, because the next game is at Manchester City, but there’s the big incentive to come out of that game still unbeaten.
This is what Steven told the local press today:
“I was in the Sir John Hall stand with my dad in that season.” “The team then was very special.”
“To be level with them is something to be proud of.” “It is some achievement for this team.”
“We were reminded beforehand that we could make history.” “We are doing all right, who’d have thought we’d be here after 11 games?”
“It’s a big confidence booster and something the lads needed.” “We are a small squad.” “It is all helping us confidence-wise.”
Steven is right to say that the Keegan team was very special, and they didn’t get the name of The Entertainers for nothing.
But Alan Pardew has also rather miraculously cobbled a very good side together at Newcastle very quickly, over the last 11 months.
We have to hope that this side will become very special too, starting with a great performance at the Etihad Stadium a week on Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!