This Is What Can Pull Newcastle Through

One of the players showing really good form from the start this season was Ryan Taylor, but as luck would have it, the 28 year-old picked up a serious ACL injury on Thursday night in the 1-0 win against Atromitos, and will be out for many months unfortunately – and he was shown at the game yesterday with his young son Henry Taylor, who’s about a year old now.

Ryan Taylor – will travel in Europe with the team

But it was a great gesture by the Newcastle team yesterday to wear their track suit tops with the words Ryan Taylor Over The Wall on the back of them, and it shows if the form is poor at the moment at least the team spirit and camaraderie is still there, and that’s very important.

Ryan is waiting for the knee to settle before an operation will be performed at the end of this week, and then it’s a long track back for the Liverpudlian.

The track suits were captain Fabricio Coloccini’s idea and it worked well and it’s just a pity the lads couldn’t get that much needed victory top make the day complete yesterday.

Ryan was left speechless by the gesture:

“When I found out, I was quite speechless and it just shows what a great team we’ve got here.” “I think it was a few of the boys who mentioned it in the team meeting the other day and the gaffer said ‘for sure, we’ll show some respect.’ I was touched when I heard about it.

“It just shows how together we are. If it wasn’t me and it was anyone else, I’m sure everyone would do the same.” “I feel like we’re one big family here. We do look after each other and I get on with all the lads and I’ll miss them. It’s a nice touch for such a bad injury.”

“I spoke to the gaffer and he said he wants to make me feel a big part of everything we do when we go to Europe.”  “He said if I wanted to go to away games in Europe, I could still go and for sure, if there’s space on the plane to go then by all means I’ll be there with the team.”

“I don’t want to feel left out and the manager’s stated that he won’t leave me out.”  “I’ve got to stay positive.”  “I’ve had setbacks in the past, I’ve had quite a long spell on the sidelines before and this is obviously not going to be any different.

“But I’ve got through them – and I don’t see why I can’t come through this even stronger.”

Ryan signed a new contract earlier this year which sees him at the club until 2015, but it will be a long time before he can play again.

Michael Owen picked up a similar injury playing for England in the World Cup in Germany in 2006, and he was out almost a year – and in the olden days this injury used to end careers – as it did with Brian Clough when he was just 29 – as one example.

But Ryan will be back hopefully long before the end of the season, and it’s very good Alan Pardew is keeping him involved with the side – that’s good management.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Touching on the discussion from the end of the last thread and Pardews abilities as a manager…It would be stupid to either say he is a great manager or a bad one. He clearly has his strengths and no doubt has some weaknesses.

    There has been a lot reported of players “heads being turned this window”, yet whenever you hear a player talking, it’s all about how happy they are, how they work each other and the team, etc etc, that is down to Pardew and his team.

    Team spirit will take us a long way, as much as lack of team spirit will take you down (relegation team springs to mind).

    I refuse to buy in to that Pardew was lucky last season, but that doesn’t mean I will blindly say all he does in wonderful, I will however give him more than 3 PL games before claiming he could be out of his depth. He has got us back in to Europe for the first time in 6 years, let’s see what he can do now.

    By the end of January we will know a lot more about our team and perhaps more importantly our manager.

    P.S. Good luck Ryan, any tips you can give the boys on free kicks would be welcomed 🙂

  • dave 1961

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Ryan Taylor not the best player we have but he’s got the ball to get back quick from this i wish him a quick recovery, but he has his family and all the fans behind him, and he’s a strong character too, get well soon Ryan.

  • check the toastie

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Above link posted by NUFC 83 on th elast post, a good read, and you know what a agree with it 100%.

    Thought that Bigi did OK yesterday but the game was crying out for Marveaux to come on and Jonas/Anita go full back, Pardew is far too negative and defensive at times. He needs to shape up.

  • Toon-Barmy

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Pardew given 2 match touchline ban

  • dave 1961

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #5

    i agreed with the article, but it also showed he can do a good job i just wish he would do what most of us feel he needs do anyway, i am not for sacking manager for the sake of it, no one of any worth would do the job, any way we would end up with dodgy arry.

  • Griff-toon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Did anyone else feel a bit annoyed by Krul at the end of the match yesterday? Every time he got the ball I was shouting at the tv “play it short” and every time he waved the players up and hit it long. And every time we lost it. I know we had little time but we still looked like creating more building from the back. Anita and Santon looked good on the ball.

  • steveno7

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Tjat article is a crock of shit.
    Nothing wrong wit pards

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Dave…If Pardew went we’d be “lucky” to get Arry and that’s not me saying it would be good news.

    Let’s just hope his reasoning for 4-4-2 has been trying to keep the demba’s happy and now he can illustrate to them that it doesn’t work well for the team and that we need a change.

    I still expect to see 4-4-2 from time to time, but as our generic formation we seem to lose a lot of control and fluidity that we showed when using varying formations than 4-4-2.

  • toonLYF

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #9

    @ Marty from the last thread, i agree Bigi was very good under the cirumstances, but i thought Santon was consistent, comfortable and even dangerous at times, throughout. Definitely my MOTM, maybe the TV coverage didn’t do him full justice?

    Bigi was good, yet very rash at times, obviously his age, but very pleased with him.

    now…time to play everybodies favourite game – the formation game.

    For Everton (A)

    (sideways arrows represent covering in the suggested direction, when playing a team either strong down the flanks, or known for danger counter-attacks)

    (downwards arrows emphasise those players pushing on during attacks)

    -Bigi replaced with Anita when we have a new full-back.


    \/ \/
    ——————Ben Arfa——————-


    Although Ba and Cisse haven’t showed too many signs of a deadly partnership, with Ben Arfa in directly behind them, wandering, i think he’ll be enough to gift them chances. As i think the problem is, they’re left isolated too often, just those two up against 4-5 defenders, and none of them have the feet or pace to pull away from a crowd of players and create the chance like HBA can do.

  • toonLYF

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #10

    ahhh fack…repost of formation seeing as wordpress hates me…


    \/ \/

    ————–Ben Arfa————


  • toonLYF

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #11


    it’s basically a 4-3-1-2, Santon and Anita RB/LB, Bigi Cabaye Tiote in the centre, Arfa in front of Cabaye roaming, with Cisse and Ba upfront. FML!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #12

    LYF…..That worked well that time round 🙂 Biggie and Cabaye in the middle?

  • dave 1961

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #13

    ba & cisse will never hit it off they are too similar.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #14

    So 2 games ban FOR Pardew. Seems fair enough. Shouldn’t have done it, but handled it well (the situation, not the linesman 🙂 ), so anything more would have been over the top. Will he be able to communicate with the bench for the games? Also, when does it come into force (i.e. which games will he miss)?

  • beefman13

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Yes our double manager of the year in the toughest league in the world needs to shape up fast! mmmmmmmmmmm

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Shouldn’t we keep a little perspektive here…teamspirit and stability is what we need right now.

    Pardew is going nowhere and nor should he 🙂

  • brobrotwins

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #17

    some fans on here are a joke weve had 3 games 1 win 1 draw and 1 loss and there is comments suggesting about his sacking makes me laugh 6 months ago you would have tacken a bullet for this man then because we had 2 games in less than 3 days not including the traveling involved we lose at chelsea you could tel we were tired and then yesterday he got his tactics wrong dont all managers ? didnt mourinho come out last week and hold his hands up and say he got it wrong should real madrid fans now talk about giving him the chop get real pardew is mastermind and he will sort this little blip out i can already see neggers comments on here after our next two games we will probrably win them both then you will all start saying pardew given 2 match ban and we win was it even his tactics ffs get real

  • Ben3arfa

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #18

    if we dont beat Everton and pick up some injuries, we’re in for a long and hard season

  • brobrotwins

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #19

    @dave 1961

    i personaly dont think there alike mate i feel cisse is an out and out finisher similar to ruud van but i thinki cisse is an allrounder who can also finish well hence why he looks good out left if he could just get the balance right from staying out left and cutting in and finishing then we would be finominali think thats how you spell it lol but with ben arfa looking like he is i sense some real spankin on its way for everton maybe ? just think anita at rb i thought he looked good there then tiote back in the middle maybe our strongest possible line up ?

  • New kingdom United

    Sep 3, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Header created by reader Tony Anderson
    Is there no space for RYAN TAYLOR on the banner? Squeeze him in please.

  • thepict

    Sep 3, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #21

    And I believe it was ACL injury that scuppered Tony Green’s career. A wonderfully talented player. Ryan will be back and a wonderful gesture by the team.


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