Wouldn’t It Be Nice – To Win Something Soon


Steven Taylor played 29 times for the England U21 side and scored four goals.

Steven Taylor – could come back strongly next season

And Steven captained the England u21 side when Stuart Pearce managed at the end of Steven’s time playing for England, which was from 2004 though 2009.

But the well-thought of youngster has never gone on to full England honors, although he played once for the England B side in 2007.

Steven has had a terrible time with injuries over the last 30 months or so,  or else he may well have become a full England International, and some of the players in the squad, notably goalkeeper Joe Hart and former Newcastle team-mate James Milner, played with Steven for the U21 side.

England will take on France tomorrow night in the first game of group D in Euro 2012, and we’ll see what England can do under new manager Roy Hodgson, although it’s fair to say that the expectations on England are very low at the moment, and it will be difficult for them to disappoint too much.

This is what Steven said on the Newcastle web-site about the upcoming tournament:

“It’s great for Newcastle United to see some of our players out there at Euro 2012, and in my opinion there should have been a few more given the season that we’ve just had”

“But I’m delighted for Tim, Yohan and Hatem because they’ve been absolutely outstanding for us and they fully deserve the recognition.”  “I’d love to see Tim get his chance with Holland because he really deserves it.”

“He kept us in so many games last term and it would be something very special for him.”  “For me, representing your country is the greatest honor in football, and even if you don’t play a minute in a major tournament, it’s all valuable experience for those involved.

“As a player you want to be part of these competitions and you want to go out and win it. It’s a chance to go down in history and there can be no better feeling than that.”  “I like to watch every game and I’ll be watching out for our lads, cheering them on and hoping that they do really well.”

“From an England point of view, the best thing at the moment is that we’re being labelled the underdogs. People are saying we’ve got no chance and that we’re not going to get out of the group stages.”  “That can work in the players’ favour, and while all the pressure is being piled on Germany and Spain, let’s leave that expectancy on them and concentrate on ourselves.”

“As we saw when Chelsea played Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League, it’s all about the result and you might only get one or two chances in a game, but sometimes that’s enough.”

“The underdogs tag can work in our favour, and how many times have you seen the so-called favourites have all the possession but fail to put the ball in the back of the net? England have got pace in the side and there’s no reason why we can’t go out and really hurt teams.”

It will be a surprise if England do well, but England fans are probably due some pleasant surprises, after the poor showing England have made in nearly all recent tournaments.

With the expectations being so low, maybe this is the year for England to do well,  and maybe even win the whole thing for the first time,  to go with the 1966 World Cup, which is still a great memory for me.

Maybe, but we’re not holding our breath, either.

As for Steven, he played his best football for Newcastle at the beginning of last season, before rupturing his Achilles in early December,  in the game against Chelsea, which kept him out for the rest of the season.

And if the 26 year-old had stayed fit,  he would have had a very good chance of making the England squad for the Euro 2012 Championships, and we just have to hope that Steven comes back next season, just as strong as ever for Newcastle.

And maybe Newcastle can even think about winning something next season – that would be something!

Winning something I mean – and not just thinking about it – which we’ve all done for 43 years. 😀

And to think England have not won anything now for 46 years!

Howay The Lads!!

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52 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Jun 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #1

    uefa cup next year would be nice 🙂

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  • FatmanJoe

    Jun 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #2

    And the carling cup too for good measure.

    A nice little cup double.

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Have I missed the handbags. Damn. I don’t care where our players come from either, I’d rather have a cisse than a welbeck that’s for sure!

    Speaking of welbeck and co, what a dismal forward line we have for the euro’s. I can see us taking this tournament by the horns and the three lions roaring to victory! Oh what fun sarcasm can be

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Saylor and Colo are 1 of the best pairings in the league. That is, if Saylor can keep fit and play consistently all season. The only reason we need a centre back who would walk into the first 11 straight away is because of Saylor injury prone-ness.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Jun 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #5

    And the amount of games we’re hopefully playing. Colo has said himself he won’t be playing every game next season.

    I would definitely look at micah Richards. He’s obviously hurting from missing out, knows wor stevie well, can play along the backline. Man city won’t pull our pants down over money coz they don’t need it. And he’s great.

    There’s probably not a better chance to buy English talent for cheap.

    But this is not going to happen, I realise that.

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #6

    That’s it like, saylor is unreal. Must be pretty tricky getting a cb in and balancing the back line. Saylor when fit is a must, but if a new lad comes in I bet he wants to start aswell! Glad that aint my job, my faith is with you pardew sir!

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #7

    @1&2 and the league

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #8

    pbNcl @ 3 – you missed nothing unfortunately. Beginning to long for the old days of slagging matches when opinions gave way to denunciation and threats. Happy times.

    England? Boredom again. Yes, low expectations, but they are entirely fitting. Even if we won, it would be a boring one. Roll on next season.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Shut up tsunki you mackem

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #10

    thanks gc – I really needed that!

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Bloody negger

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Why don’t we just start a blog war? I’ll start –
    Cisse? ha ha don’t make me laugh! Half season wonder League 1 at best not fit to polish sessegnon’s range rover with his crappy no. 9 shirt.

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  • Beardo

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Ketsbaia9 talks the most shite on this blog. An impressive feat.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #14

    serious comment here though – is this anita stuff not just another bit of agent peddling? has his club actually said anything? has he been interviewed? even just to say ‘no comment’?

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #15

    3rd place EPL finish above Spuds, Bindippers, gooners, Chelski and a cup win – any will do.

    Realistically a cup win and 4-6th place finish

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Why is Kets9 getting a handbagging guys – sensible comments on last thread apart from the one about Simmo. He is in the top5 in his position

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #17

    I’ve gave up trying to predict who is coming in. There is no way of telling, apart from when some kid comes on here and says his auntie’s barber’s friend who used to know the tea lady overheard the cleaner speaking on the phone about something pardew said while she was wiping down his desk. Ill know when they’re in the paper holding up the shirt next to pardy

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #18

    MFH – shurrup just shurrup

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Kets is about 50/50 half sensible half mentioning the same players we should buy on every thread and slagging some of out players

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  • Nufc-83

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Help me out guys got bored with ps3 and fancy a manager game is everyone agreed that fm12 is better than fifa manager game12 before i go out and buy it.

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  • pbNcl

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Mind I did hear that xisco is being touted to come back with a vengance, and partner shola up front to dominate the league. Freeing up ba and cisse’s impending move to doncaster for 5m

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Yes fm 12 is definitely better but completely different. A lit of depth of options. I like starting at the bottom and building a reputation

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #23

    GC
    I took a vow of silence for the speculation on transfers as life is just too short. In Carr we trust.
    It’s more fun getting a surprise – like opening your presents at Christmas time when you were a kid.
    That was oprety good last year, just hope our expectations haven’t got a bit high.

    Some of the valuations of our squad players on here are Fantasy Island not OV.

    Thought we’d see a bit more sensible action on here during the Euros but every player who has had even one decent game then gets a mention as a possible transfer target. I drew Republic of Ireland in the sweep so not much joy there either. At least they have a guy who used to be a good keeper, spose.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Mfh im an orphan. I never knew Christmas as a child. I was in the workhouse 365 days a year.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #25

    It’s bound to be slim pickings at least until the summer footy is gone. Just before the pre-season is as soon as we will get to tying up a lot of the targets Carr is pointing at. I don’t think we will get all or even most of our primary targets either, but then that’s been the norm so far. What we will end up with won’t be poor second choices that’s the main thing. Just hate this doldrums period.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #26

    @Mfh i agree about the mentioning of players having one good game.
    I remember just like kjaer and van persie there was once a defender called caçapa who had Alan shearer in his back pocket in a game. Whatever happened to him?……..

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  • tarie4

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #27

    For me, a top 10 finish in the league, a carling cup win, quarter/semi FA cup, a quarter/semi Europa league will do for me. And that’s a minimum requirement, anything better will be awesome

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Its depressingly slow and with lots of random names thrown about its not helpful

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #29

    @tarie all of those or the league position and one of the others?

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #30

    FatmanJoe @ # 5

    Step back from your comment and read it again, it has been said on more than one occasion by more than one person at the club that we, that is NUFC look at the character and personality of the player and how he fits in to squad equally if not more that the actual skills of the player.

    So you are suggesting Richards who fails to get games for shitty because he can’t stick to the game plan i.e. the tactical play and ignores what he is asked to do in favour for doing what he fancies on any given time.

    Thanks but no thanks after what we have been shown by the club over the last couple of seasons I will be more than happy to stick with whomever the club decides is the most suitable pieces to our jigsaw.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #31

    I don’t mind where we get players from.

    And there is no minimum number of home grown player you need in the premier leave squad.

    You just can’t have more than 17 out of 25 non home grown. You can therefore have 8 homegrown if you like or you can register a squad with less than 25.

    That’s premier league rules…..might be different for uefa competitions though.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #32

    graham cwarr @ # 24

    Jeeeze you had an easy life.

    We were in the workhouse 367 days of the year and worked 27 hrs a day, we had to get up for work before we went to sleep and we only knew what day it was by how many times we were beaten with a big stick.

    By the way what’s Christmas???

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 10, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #33

    @cupid. You mean you had breaks from being beaten with a stick?

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #34

    cupiddstunt makes a good point that really underpins the clubs ‘team’ philosophy. A big part of success is the mental attitude of the individuals in it, and what motivates them to play. This is why I believe that clubs like Chelski and Citeh do not amount to the sum of their parts. If they signed players as we seem to be doing they could have won the title for a lot less money. As it is their business is unsustainable when the owners get bored and decide to move on to another toy, and their days will come believe me. For now I am more than happy to see players ‘fail their medical’ and such like hen in reality their crappy attitude was sussed out just in time. I am more than happy to see a previous ‘enfant terrible’ get turned around and start lighting fires under opposition defences and talk about being settled at a magnificent club like ours.

    For now though we must endure lazy journos playing battleships by mentioning any also-ran player that seems to fit our recruitment m.o. and agents touting their prize proteges like market traders, lying about having ‘offers’ nd ‘interest’ from clubs who have never even heard of their boys, and managers with droopy jaws spraying names and potential contract breakers about in order to unsettle clubs and shake the players in question out of their trees with thoughts of big cash windfalls and quick routes to European cups and titles. It’s all in the game as they say but some day soon the real bidding will start I hope and we can start ridiculing all those who made all these ridiculous suggestions and iTK nonsense.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #35

    @tsunki did you miss thursdays press conference? We signed debuchy

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #36

    @tsunki its only a matter of time before the rich boys get bored with football and decide to fund a formula 1 race team instead

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #37

    gc- loI miss just about ever bit of news. I hear this Amalfitano lad is being looked at though, that sounds promising……..

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  • pardew no 1

    Jun 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #38

    any news on the heskey deal heard it will be done on 1st of july

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  • toggiboggi85

    Jun 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #39

    “With the expectations being so low, maybe this is the year for England to do well, and maybe even win the whole thing for the first time,”

    – hehe…and there you go again. No pressure becomes pressure because everyone expect England to be good when they have no pressure. Oh the ironi!!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #40

    he he he anyone mentioning heskey makes me laugh, every time.

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