Great To See Ryan Taylor Back Again

It was great to see Ryan Taylor back again in a Newcastle strip, as he played for a Newcastle United team in a behind-closed-doors friendly game against Carlisle United yesterday afternoon.

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Ryan Taylor at Benton yesterday afternoon

The lads won 8-0 with Ayoze Perez scoring four goals, but the most important thing was it was Ryan’s first game back after two serious ACL knee injuries he has suffered in the last two years.

And by all accounts Ryan played very well,  as some of our fringe players made a claim to be in the first team match-day squad.

Ferreyra, Mehdi Abeid (2) and Haris Vuckic scored the other goals for Newcastle.

17 year-old forward Alex Gilliead from Shotley Bridge had a particularly good game, and Alex seems to be coming through the ranks quickly, one to watch for the future.

Alex has already played for the England U16. U17 and U18 sides, and another local lad from County Durham.

Newcastle will go very carefully with Ryan Taylor, as his knee broke down 17 months ago, when he was attempting his first comeback.

But make no mistake, it was a successful run-out for the 30 year-old yesterday.

This is what Ryan has tweeted from his Twitter account”

“Absolutely delighted to have just played my first 45 mins today. Thankyou to everyone @NUFC for everything they have done for me to get back”

Here’s Ryan’s Twitter account if you want to see him a message of encouragement.

He’s played 91 times for Newcastle with 10 goals and we hope to see him add to that this season.

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (Paul Woolston 46); Ryan Taylor (Jamie Sterry 46), Remie Streete, Lubo Satka, Shane Ferguson; Gael Bigirimana (Olivier Kemen 70), Mehdi Abeid (Daniel Barlaser 79); Alex Gilliead, Ayoze Perez (Adam Armstrong 60), Haris Vuckic; Facundo Ferreyra (Callum Roberts 46)

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77 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    I was very impressed by this very classy and speedy CB I saw playing for Roma last night who appeared to have the Man City strike force in his pocket. He looked familiar somehow.

    I don’t think he’d get a game here mind as he’s obviously not a patch on saylor, Willo and Colo.

  • Markaccus

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Well. If Janmaat doesnt pick his form up soon. Ryno will straight in at RB 😀

  • Markaccus

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #3


    yeah i saw him too. Mimbu yambiwa or something…..

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Like a new signing 😉

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Howay Raylor lad can you play CB or striker 😀

  • Markaccus

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6


    Shame on you! Using that cliche! Pardew already (not in so many words) used it for cisse.
    You disgust me :-p

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda, Rudi Garcia believes in him as a player, Pardew didn’t, that says it all.

    One was runner up in Serie A last year and in Champions League, the other bottom of Premier League.

    It’s happened a number of times before though…

    “Every day I was there, training hard, just in case. I’m satisfied with my professionalism. I didn’t complain, I accepted that I was not in the plans of Alan Pardew.

    “I wasn’t picked when West Ham were winning, or when they were losing.” Mascherano.

    He has over 100 caps for Argentina and Pardew didn’t rate him (even though he pathetically backtracks on that later).

    Here’s his honours since leaving the clutches of Pardew:

    Liverpool?UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2006–07
    Barcelona?La Liga: 2010–11, 2012–13
    ?Copa del Rey: 2011–12; Runner-up: 2010–11, 2013–14
    ?Supercopa de España: 2011, 2013; Runner-up: 2012
    ?UEFA Champions League: 2010–11
    ?UEFA Super Cup: 2011
    ?FIFA Club World Cup: 2011

    Yet he didn’t rate him…

    Pardew out!

  • Markaccus

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Actually…… Pardew will have him penciled in as yet another LB option!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Nice to see Taylor back, although that knee must bring a heap of mental paranoia with it.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #10


    All this BS from pardew about not having a CB and no forward and he sends away our only CB with any pace and our only creative forward both on loan and expects sympathy. You couldn’t make it up.

    The distance in managerial ability between Garcia and pardew must be off the scale.

    last night MYM looked immense against the league champions of the EPL. The only thing he couldn’t adapt to is Pardew’s tactics.

    It’s getting beyond insane, it’s almost obscene AP is still in a job.

    Willo says the players are right behind AP. Of course he does, where else would he get a gig plus I think Tiote wanting out gives the lie to that. He, like Ba, Cabaye, Debuchy and others who couldn’t get away quicker enough.

    Why the hell didn’t we go for garcia when he was available. What’s the point in having all these french players with a total d–k in charge.

  • stuart no9

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    felt really gutted reading this this morning . Its not new , something weve known all along , but the realisation of what is happening to our club, and the fact that 50,000 still turn up when the owner has simply no interest . or love for the club, a man who takes great pleasure waztching newcastle fans suffer week after week makes me feel sick. The only thing we can do as fans is – dont go. as long as you carry on going , he will carry on taking your money and laugh at you on the way out.——-

  • stuart no9

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #12

    oops try again

  • mindshaft

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #14

    MYM looked like a headless chicken last night, constantly making rash challenges around the box and giving away free kicks – what Garcia has them doing is being well organised as a back four that is actually protected by the very energetic midfield.
    MYM is decent but I think Willo or Collo would look great under Garcia.

    Tiote will be sold in Jan make no mistake, I very much doubt we’ll let him run his contact down.
    Sissoko will be the next off as we could get some decent money for him as well…. after that we’ll get pretty much nowt for the remaining players

  • MidlandsMag

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #15


    Good article in The Telegraph. Seems that Mike Ashley is now attracting more of the sort of scrutiny and publicity he won’t want.

  • Tsunki

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #17

    Pardew = Dead man walking. Already gone imo. Behind the scenes the wheels are in motion, and other clichés. Most of which are old hat.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18

    I wouldn’t go over board about Mbiwa but it was nice to see him playing with confidence in his preferred position. He made some great tackles, organised the back line and defended set pieces well, but also gave away a lot of free kicks. The team and tactics obviously suit him better but his attempted interceptions exposed his decision making weakness which leaves a more ordinary side vulnerable. He is beyond doubt and like many others, more able than AP can manage.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #19

    We’re the worst club in the league right’s official and the proof is a quick look at our form and the league table.

    We have arguably the worst manager of the league

    We have arguably the weakest strikers in the league looking at their goal to games ratio as a whole.

    We have the most annoying and careless owner in the league.

    And now we have our star players wanting out.

    All this points to relegation and another few painful years as a Newcastle United supporter.

    When will we ever get the rub of the green.

    We go from extremes…sky highs to rock bottom lows every time. Luck has something to do with it but really for such a big club some careful planning should be at the forefront of everything when it comes to football decisions. Be it managerial roles..player sales and buys etc we nearly always love to shoot ourselves in the foot and hamper our progress.

    We will never ever get anywhere like this and it’s a miracle that we’re still in this league really.

    We are the most unpredictable and the biggest soap opera in the world of football yet this was all very predictable to us fans.

    Why can’t the ones in charge have the common sense and ambition most of our fans have? Is that so bloody hard to achieve!!??

    We will be extremely lucky to survive relegation this season as it’s panning out. I for one would hate to see that happen but if it means we rid the club from this pathetic board then perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise. The only problem being the huge profile loss our club will make and that there is no guarantee we will get back up. The huge plus is that we will probably develop our home grown talent.

    Ps..sorry for the long post. Just sick of it all.

  • stuart no9

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Midlands— yea your right . .. for a national paper to come out and explain ashleys motives and intentions ( or is that the samething) as to why he bought the club , is not really good publicity- but is he bothered ????

  • lesh

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Wonder if there’s any mileage in the Pardew-Ashley out groups talk to these guys north of the border?

    A coordinated campaign might just make Ashley a tad uncomfortable. Just imagine what the media’d make of it – they’d have a field day what with Ashley’s tenuous connections with criminals and other shady characters and organisations. It wouldn’t do his reputation any good in the business community.

    Both him and his operations leave a lot to be desired!

  • MidlandsMag

    Oct 1, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Stuart no9

    Yes, I think he will be. Part of his problem is that he can’t cope with criticism. He takes it too much to heart and that overrules his head.

  • stuart no9

    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #23

    JP @ 19——–Sadly this is what you get when an owner of any organisation in the world can get away with treating their customers so badly, by showing no signs of affection for their company , or in this case- club, by having no plans or reason for making things better, as he has no loyalties to the club, however , his customers are as strong now as they were when he took over . why will it get better ? it wont , he dosnt have to. thats why when someone has the monopoly on something, dont expect offers, the only people who can change things is his customers by going elsewhere to do their shopping or inm our case , dont go.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #24

    stuart no9 – I am afraid you’re right and I see that as the only way fans can win and save the club, by not going to the games and not renewing season tickets until a major overhaul in fortunes change.

    For Ashley it is all about the money and his tacky Sports brand empire. If we spoil his image then he will want out or improve drastically to save his reputation.

    We have to hit him where it hurts..his pocket.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #25

    Rotunda – twitter reaction is in response to wanting pardew out – 70two has it right, he looked better in a decent organised team, in our shower he looked very average, collo in the Roma team would look immense – pard’s has not improved anybody and his tactics, organisation make players look worse than they actually are

  • stuart no9

    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #26

    lesh @21 —– yeah good article , it wont be long before other papers start having their say on Ashleys business methods. The one thing that was very interesting in that article is the fact rangers fans have boycotted seasaon ticket sales untill the know whats going on. YES RANGERS BOYCOTTING SEASON TICKET SALES TILL THEY KNOW WHATS GOING ON. sorry my cap lock got locked.

  • martoon

    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #27

    stuart no9 – The season tickets are already paid for so if we stopped going it would make no difference to Ashley but we would waste £600-£700. Surely a better tactic would be organised protests in the ground such as not taking your seat until 5 mins after the start (suggested by AC last night) especially televised in televised matches.

  • geordielad880

    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #28

    Side I think pardew will play against swansea:-





    elliot, taylor, sissoko, anita, cisse, cabella

  • jon.c

    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #29


  • Hector Riva

    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #30

    So Pardew is going to ring the changes eh, Big bad Gabby Obernout comes in as does Pappis Cisse, give me bloody strength, the fella still hasnt got the bottle to drop a senior for a younger upcoming player.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #31

    There is a juxtaposition between Ashley and Pardew, MA controls the club on a ‘just enough’ basis where there is no excess in terms of staff employed and AP wants to field his most senior players in every position, all of the time.

    The transfer policy at the club is the responsibility of the owner who provides ‘just enough’ quality first team players to ensure PL survival in the hope that younger or unproven players will also rise to the challenge and can be sold to generate revenue. Restricting finances and operating with a tight budget is to be admired but has also shown to create a lack of depth in the quality of the squad and an inability to attract real star quality.

    These are the terms under which a manager agrees to fulfill the role at the club and with the ability to get the best from individual players, should successfully retain PL status. However Pardew works on the basis of ‘tried and tested’, using a comforting and limited set of players and tactics to achieve his aims.

    IMO Ashley has taken the responsibility for passed failures of the team, in the knowledge that the business side of the club has taken precedent and impacted the effectiveness of the the team. In retaining Pardew he has shown he was willing to accept blame and support his manager. However the decreasing amount of money genrated from player sales, running down of contracts and lack of improving development players must now be tipping the balance.

    The juxtaposition between the two methods of operating is now fully exposed and it is only the inability of Pardew to achieve the requirements of his role that will cause a change to be made. More than likely in a change of Manager.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #32

    Tiote wanting out is no surprise.

    We will replace him with Mark noble. A pardew type of player. But I still feel pardew can keep us up this season.

    We are going to be fighting relegation all season long. Fans have to accept this and get behind pardew and the team. Pardew is going nowhere like it or not.

    And more pressure on the team and pardew will get us relegated. Do the right thing support pardew and we might finish 17th.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #33

    Nothing against Raylor but he is hardly going to save our season.

    Only chance we have now is a new manager or If Cisse starts scoring for fun again.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #34

    Don’t blame Tiote, every decent player who has came through the door has left within 1-2 years apart from Colo wh is a shadow of him former self. It’s only a matter of time before he thinks to himself this is just no good, what am I doing here?

    More to follow..

  • 70TWO

    Oct 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #35


    Obertan did look good on Monday night probably because all around him was so poor and, yet again, there was no end product. I would start him instead of Cabella as he was able to get passed a player and provide crosses. Gouffran has been looking lost far to often but then again he is a forward being asked to provide defensive cover and bolster the midfield. Pardew must accept that 4231 is not working and that to get the best from his players he needs to find the tactics that work for them, rather than the players working for the tactics.

  • Our Toon

    Oct 1, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #36


    I’ve had many battles with people on here about the subject of attending games, unfortunately we will never organise like Rangers or Liverpool fans or even Man Utd fans. We are the most selfish fans and that’s where I’ll stop on the subject. I’ve supported the club I love by boycotting and I’m in my 2nd season of that….SD was boycotted a long time ago along with other MA ventures.

    Going to match days is no longer about supporting the team first, it’s about a family day out, meeting up with friends or its about a ritual that takes place most Saturdays and certain fans would be lost without going. We’ve tried a lot but the one thing most are scared of is a MASS boycott. Not a walkout but a boycott. We can’t even protest in the ground as the stewards collect banners etc.

  • Our Toon

    Oct 1, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #37


    Give it rest mate, we’ve been getting behind the team throughout pardews reign….i think it’s fair to say the players play better when the protests become louder, Cardiff last game of the season, Hull when pardew got sent off for headbutt. Stoke in the last 15mins, Hull at home in the last home game. This vocal discontent has only been around for 5 or 6 games….Please explain why since Stoke game in December we’ve picked up 19 points in 24 or more games?

  • Wayayman

    Oct 1, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #38

    Yeah I agree that Obertan aka BalloonHeed only looked good becasue we were otherwise so poor going forward. Sammy looked better I thought, which tells you a lot. I just keep thinking what damage HBA would have done to that pedestrian Stoke defence on Monday night, or Aarons even. Comes to something when we’re hoping for a kid to save us doenst it?

    Crying shame, but i’m pretty much done, fed up, sick of it but 43 yrs of love for the club is a hard habit to break.

  • Our Toon

    Oct 1, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #39

    On topic

    Great to Raylor back however he should be near the 1st team…..not now not ever

  • 70TWO

    Oct 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #40


    To really hurt Pardew then we should be quiet?

    The majority of the stadium is always going to be occupied with fans supporting the team, win or lose. Effective organised descent projected within the stadium will likely be an unstabling influence on results, but is ineffective outside the stadium.

    How about cyber attacks on SD website and pickets outside major SD stores on Saturdays? Or alternatively making every effort to generate a positive relationship with the club in an attempt to gain some kind of influence on decision making; and not just on the colour of the third kit.


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