Ryan Taylor’s number one footballing moment

Ryan Taylor - Over the wall!
Who could not forget Ryan Taylor’s winning freekick against Sunderland in Newcastle’s second fixture of the 2011-2012 Premier League season?

Lining the ball up on enemy territory at the Stadium of Light in August, the Liverpudlian calmly stepped up to curl a freekick over the wall and into the back of the net and has since seen his name go down in Geordie folklore and has even earned himself his own little song which reverberates around the ground every time he step up to take a set piece.

On THAT goal, Ryan Taylor said “I’d put it number one, I’ve had some great memories in football but that ranks right up there, I can’t wait to go again!”

The Scouser has been reliving the moment and spoke of Sunday’s fixture against Sunderland at St James’ Park. Newcastle have fared the best in Tyne-Wear derbies on home turf with the last Sunderland win coming in 2000.

This time Newcastle face a new manager at the helm, that of Martin O’Neil who has somewhat rejuvenated his side since taking the reigns over from former Geordie, Steve Bruce.

Taylor added “We can say, a few of our boys over the past few years have played in more derbies than theirs. When we played them this season I think they had 10 new players, so they wouldn’t have known too much about it. I’m sure Martin will have them ready, tell them what it means to fans but there’s only one team I want to win on Sunday and I’m sure that the other lads feel that way too.”

Taylor’s clearly very focussed on gaining a result against the team’s fierce rivals and that is evident with the way he has spoken. There is no illusion that they are taking this fixture lightly and understand that they need to be at the top of their game in order to gain a victory.

The derby game is a sell-out which ensures that the atmosphere in the stadium will be one of the best that Newcastle have had during this tremendous season.

Taylor spoke of the crowd coming to the match by adding “I’m sure they’ll get there extra early on Sunday, from Saturday night I’m sure there’ll be a few who go out that might not even go to sleep. All we can ask is that they get behind the lads, hopefully we can produce and get the three points that everyone in that stadium other that the little section at the top wants, and hopefully it’s a black and white day.”

Ryan Taylor has clearly learnt how important the derby is to Newcastle fans and that will be the main focus of gaining a victory for the fans. He is hoping to repeat his heroics on Sunday and finally commented “I’d love to be the one who did it again on Sunday. Come Saturday night, when I’m lying there ready to go to sleep I’ll be dreaming of doing it again.”

Sunday can’t come soon enough for Ryan Taylor and who knows if he produces another wonderous freekick like he did at the Stadium of Light he will further cement his place in Geordie folklore.

About Zoë Vicarage

A lifelong Newcastle fan. Currently exiled in Sunderland studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland Follow me on Twitter: @ZoeVicarage

23 thoughts on “Ryan Taylor’s number one footballing moment

  1. Nerves have kicked in, wish we had Stevie playing.
    We need at least one geordie out there…
    Step forward Shola 😈


  2. Hope Raylor doesn’t start after his miserable showing against Wolves. If he is going to start make it in place of Simpson at right back!


  3. Off topic…. Could someone write an article on a standing section in the stadium. was watching german games last week and there atmosphere is awesome and I reckon it cos of safe standing areas. Alan pardew was saying how we need the crowd behind us against sunderland and this would defo help. I know all the stuff about liverpool but with the greatest respect think we should. an clubs that dont want to dont have 2 clubs that do should. Our stadium is quite similar to frankfurt and schalke and works a treat there!!


  4. I’m quite sure the team will be exactly the same as last game for this derby. Because Pardew (and in general all managers) when comes a big match they prefer the security and use the players they trust more. Maybe the only change I can see is Obertan for Raylor but I would be very suprised.
    A little bit disapointing I like managers who take risks and try something new when no one is expected.


  5. To be honest, start of the season, we didn’t know how Ba/Obertan/Cabaye would fare, Ben Arfa was injured, it made perfect sense to utilise our defence (+Tiote) and get wins through clean sheets, grit and determination.

    But now we have lost the most determined player in our team, recently we look nowhere near as likey to grind out clean sheets, even though we have got a few in 2012, they have been very uncomfortable.

    We should no longer be playing with the onus on a strong defence, it simply is in no way playing to our strong points now, attack attack attack!


  6. When you look at our lineup start of season, with the exception of Saylor you would say on paper a less talented team than we are fielding now, yet we look more fragile of late. I would put it down to a simple rule of players needing a run in the same team to get used to each others running, positioning etc. , but it doesn’t make me feel any more confident about this sunday. Plenty of noises about how we are fairly odds-on to win but I do hope there’s no gung-ho stuff from our lot or we could come unglued against a dogged MoN side who may be well satisfied with no goals against and maybe a single goal sucker punch to come away with. I actually fancy Obertan to start RW and if Simmo will not hold back then Raylor behind him at a push, especially as there will be a free kick or two to be extracted from this mob.


  7. You’ve got us in the mood now Zoe!

    Looking forward to the whole match day experience!

    At the ground for a couple of pints at 11am .

    Sing my heart out for the lads.

    Toast a victory on full time.

    Out on the drink with the lads to debrief our victory!

    HWTL! 😛


  8. Troy: Just kinda fallen out with a friend as they promised me they would go to something and turns they going with other people 🙁


  9. Ah! Those problems. My daughter has had a few of those quandaries . 😕

    Do you want me to confront them in my trunks and boots! 😛


    My daughter goes off it with me but it normally works. It tends to make her more popular cos her Dad is crazy! 😛

    Chin up Zoe. That was a good article and the blog friends won’t mess you about ! 😉


  10. Ugh. One of my personal hates when someone takes a better offer when you’re counting on them. Grrrrr. 👿


  11. Zoe as usual good read girl, as for friends messing uo about, if their real friends they wont mess you about, and if its a Boy friend then your better of with out them 😆 😉


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