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Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor - Wigan Athletic.jpg
Personal information
Full name Ryan Anthony Taylor
Date of birth 19 August 1984 (1984-08-19) (age 25)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Right Midfield / Right Back
Club information
Current club Newcastle United
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Tranmere Rovers 98 (14)
2005–2009 Wigan Athletic 56 (6)
2009– Newcastle United 36 (4)
National team
2005 England U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:15, 13 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:35, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

Ryan Anthony Taylor (born 19 August 1984) is an English footballer who plays for Newcastle United of the English Championship. His position is a defender.

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Career

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Tranmere Rovers

Taylor broke into the first team as an 18 year old under Ray Mathias, originally playing as a right winger ahead of the more experienced Sean Connelly at right back. However at the end of the season Connelly departed and Taylor reverted to his more natural right back position and over the next two seasons developed into one of the best young players to come through the youth ranks at the club. During the 2004/2005 season Taylor was pivitol in the club reaching the semi-finals of the play offs, finishing as the clubs second highest scorer with 11 goals (with most goals coming from the penalty spot or one of his spectacular set pieces). Tranmere accepted an offer from Wigan of around 1.25 million plus additional clauses for Taylor in the close season and he moved to the Premier League outfit that summer.

Wigan Athletic

Taylor had the worst year in his professional football career with injuries in 2006, a low point in his career. He broke his fifth metatarsal in a FA Cup match against Leeds United and then, in his first outing back, he broke his leg in a reserve clash against Newcastle United.

Taylor scored his first goal in the Premier League against Newcastle on 25 February 2007. From just outside the penalty area, Taylor let one of his specialist direct free kicks fly straight into the top corner with the returning Newcastle goalkeeper, Shay Given, left stranded after 40 minutes. Wigan went on to win the match.

In late 2007, Taylor made a resurgence into the Wigan first team, providing several excellent performances under new manager Steve Bruce, including his second Premier League goal on 26 December, with another free kick against Newcastle.

On 15 November 2008, Taylor scored yet another goal against Newcastle, a long-range shot from 20 yards. His next goal would also come against Newcastle, on Boxing Day, bringing his record to 4 goals in 4 consecutive games against Newcastle, 3 of which came from free kicks, and two consecutive goals against Newcastle on Boxing Days.

Newcastle United

On 2 February 2009, Sky Sports reported that Taylor was at St James' Park Stadium, Newcastle's stadium, undergoing a medical, and Newcastle's website later confirmed Taylor had signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the club, and that this deal was a part exchange for Charles N'Zogbia. He made his debut in an away game for Newcastle in a 3–2 win over West Bromwich Albion. He set up the 3rd goal, his corner being headed in by Steven Taylor.

Taylor scored his first goal for Newcastle on 22 August against Crystal Palace.[1] He would then score his second Newcastle goal, a long range free kick which would beat Richard Wright at his far post, over a month later against Ipswich Town in a convincing 4-0 victory on 26 September 2009.

Taylor scored 2 almost identical goals in a week during successive wins at St. James Park in February 2010. Both times he came off the bench and scored from a right-wing Fabrice Pancrate cross at the far post in the 90th minute of a game. Strangely enough, both crosses were missed at the near post by forward Leon Best and slotted in by Taylor at the back post.

Career statistics

Club[2]

Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup FA Trophy Other[3] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03 Tranmere Rovers Division 2 25 1 2 0 2 1 3 1 0 0 32 3
2003–04 30 5 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 39 6
2004–05 League 1 45 9 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 51 10
2005–06 Wigan Athletic Premier League 11 0 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 16 1
2006–07 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
2007–08 17 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 3
2008–09 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
Newcastle United 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2009–10 Championship 26 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 31 4
Total 192 25 16 2 12 2 6 1 0 0 226 30

Stats accurate as of 16:15, 13 March 2010.

References

  1. ^ "Crystal Palace 0 - 2 Newcastle". BBC. 22 August 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/8202191.stm. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ryan Taylor Career Stats". Soccerbase. 29 December 2009. http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=32156. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup

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