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Steven Taylor
Personal information
Full name Steven Vincent Taylor
Date of birth 23 January 1986 (1986-01-23) (age 23)
Place of birth Greenwich, London, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Central Defender
Club information
Current club Newcastle United
Number 27
Youth career
1995–2002 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003– Newcastle United 131 (8)
2003–2004 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2004–2009 England U21 29 (4)
2007 England B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:40, 31 December 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:01, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

Steven Vincent Taylor (born 23 January 1986 in Greenwich, Greater London) is an English footballer, currently playing for Championship club Newcastle United. He is a versatile central defender who also plays at right back or left back on rare occasions and former captain of the England under-21 team.

Taylor wears the number 27 shirt at Newcastle in recognition of Philippe Albert, a former Newcastle player, who also wore 27. He has been compared to the likes of Terry Butcher and John Terry for his no-nonsense, uncompromising style of play.

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Club career

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Early career

Taylor was born in London to a family of Geordies and moved back to the North East several weeks later.[1] He joined the Newcastle United youth academy as a youngster and captained England Under-16's while still a pupil at Monkseaton High School.[2] He began as a striker before moving to the defensive slot, where he currently plays.[3]

After finishing his GCSEs, Taylor joined the academy on full-time basis in July 2002 and signed professional terms when he turned seventeen. The following season, he was sent on a month-long loan to Wycombe Wanderers and made his league debut in the old Division 3 against Notts County in December 2003.[4] Upon returning to Newcastle in the latter half of the season, he was mostly shifting back and forth between the first team and reserves. He made his debut for the Magpies on 25 March 2004 in the UEFA Cup Fourth Round second leg tie against RCD Mallorca, also his European debut, coming as a substitute for Andy O'Brien. Three days later, he made his Premier League debut against Bolton Wanderers and was in the starting eleven as a right back where he was out-muscled by Henrik Pedersen in the build up to Bolton's match-winning goal. This would be his only appearance for the rest of the season, although he did make the bench on several occasions.

2004-05

The start of the 2004–05 season was disappointing, as Taylor had a long injury lay-off. He eventually came back to play 22 games for the club, starting 17. During this season, the teenager was largely remember for a bizarre incident in the 2 April match against Aston Villa where he "saved" Darius Vassell's shot and went down clutching his chest. The referee promptly dismissed him for "deliberate handball" but it was largely overshadowed by the heated on-pitch argument between Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer which led to their dismissals and Newcastle going down to eight men.[5] Because his dive was inconsequential (the game was beyond Newcastle as Dyer and Bowyer had been sent off), he achieved cult/comical status with Newcastle fans and many neutrals.

2005-06

Taylor was in the starting line-up in the beginning of the season, although he did miss several games due to injury. He dislocated his shoulder during training while on international duty in November and was out for the rest of the month and most of December.[6] He was back in the starting line up for the Boxing Day match against Liverpool but aggravated the injury when he succumbed to a soft challenge from Fernando Morientes and was substituted in half way into the first half.[7] Following surgery he was effectively ruled out for entire second half of the season, with the defending being left to Titus Bramble, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Peter Ramage and Craig Moore. He did, however, make a substitute appearance in Alan Shearer's testimonial match on 11 May.

2006-07

Taylor's breakthrough came in the 2006-07 season. His first senior goal for the club came against Celta de Vigo on 23 November 2006 in the UEFA Cup. It turned out to be the winner in a 2–1 victory for Newcastle.[8] He then scored his first Premiership goal for Newcastle in a 3-1 victory against Blackburn Rovers on 9 December 2006, and began to play more regularly, making 12 starts for Newcastle in defence.[9]

In the match versus Birmingham City, in the FA Cup on 7 January, he was voted Man of the Match after grabbing Newcastle's equaliser, clearing off the line and giving an all round great performance. Taylor played in the replay against Birmingham on 17 January, although he was sent off after fouling DJ Campbell.

Taylor's second league goal, the winner in Newcastle's 2-1 away win on Saturday 7 April, at Sheffield United. His powerful header proved to be the goal that led to the Blades' relegation. By then he had established himself in the England U-21's and some strong performances earned him a call-up to the full England squad for a friendly at the end of the season but he did not come off the bench. He also made a senior appearance for the England B team.

2007-08

Taylor started the season in and out of the team under new manager, Sam Allardyce. There were fears that he would leave when contract negotiations fell through and he rejected the terms of the five-year contract offered by the club.[10] Held responsible for the 3–1 defeat to Manchester City, he lost his place to new defenders David Rozehnal and Caçapa, before winning it back and forming a partnership with Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye in central defence after Allardyce's sacking and the appointment of Kevin Keegan. After an impressive season in which Taylor played 31 Premier League games, he signed a new three year contract worth £35,000 a week.[11]

2008-09

After several months of first-team starts, an injury saw Taylor lose his place to Sébastien Bassong, who formed an impressive partnership with Fabricio Coloccini. He still made appearances but the turning point came in the October game against Everton. With the Magpies two goals down, he scored and then assisted Damien Duff to score Newcastle's second to salvage a draw and gained hero status amongst fans. An injury to regular right-back Habib Beye saw Taylor become a make-shift right-back, a role in which so far he has shown relatively good ability. He made his 100th league appearance for Newcastle against Manchester City on 28 January 2009, as part of 2–1 away defeat. He scored a good volley to equalise when Newcastle faced Hull City at the KC Stadium.[12] In the March home game against Arsenal, he made several vital blocks to preserve a 1-1 draw and when he went off the pitch to receive treatment for an ankle injury, Newcastle conceded a goal and another after he was substituted. The injury caused him to miss several games and he made his comeback in the 19 April match away at Tottenham Hotspur but was unable to finish the whole 90 minutes and was ruled out for the rest of the month. He scored the first goal for Newcastle in their crucial match with Middlesbrough on 11 May. On 24 May, 2009, he notched up his 150th appearance for the club in the ultimate game of the 2008–09 season, a loss against Aston Villa, which saw Newcastle relegated.

2009-10

With Newcastle relegated, there were question marks over Taylor's future. Rumours began circulating in newspapers about a possible move back to the Premier League.[13] Taylor himself made no move to secure a transfer request and made no comment until the transfer window closed. In the end, he chose to stay in a bid to help Newcastle regain Premier League status even though it meant that he would have to put his dreams of a senior international debut on hold.[14][15] He has remained first-choice when fit and maintained a partnership with Coloccini in central defence. On 19 September, he scored the second goal, his first of the season, in a 3-1 win over Plymouth Argyle.[16] He missed four games in October due to an hamstring injury sustained during training[17] but was back in the starting eleven for the first game in November against Peterborough. On 22 September he captained the Magpies for the first time in the Carling Cup away loss at Peterborough.

International career

In November 2001, Taylor captained the England Under-16 team at the Walkers International Tournament and was voted the player of the tournament.[18] In March 2003, the England Under-17 team qualified for the European Championships, and in the match against Slovakia, Taylor scored his first two goals for England. He also played in 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship along with under-17 and under-21 teammates James Milner, Andrew Taylor and Martin Cranie and started in all the group matches. Following a good showing in Dubai despite England's dismal results, Taylor made his England under-21 debut on 17 February the next year in a 3-2 win over the Netherlands.

In June 2005 Taylor represented England Under-20 at the Toulon International Tournament, where England finished in third place.[19] On 6 September 2005, he scored his first under-21 goal, against the German side. He also scored two goals against the Poland Under-21s in October 2005.

Taylor played a key role for England under-21s as they progressed to the semi-finals of the U21 Euro 2007. He missed the first match but played the other two group games and the semi-final where he was unable to stop the late equaliser after going down injured. With England down to ten men after fellow defender Nedum Onuoha left the field injured and all three substitutions had been used, Taylor was forced to play through the pain barrier as the game went into extra-time and converted his penalty in a dramatic penalty shoot-out that ended 13-12 to the Dutch.[20]

Taylor was called up to the senior team on 17 August 2007 for the friendly against Germany[21] though he did not play in the match. He became the Captain of the under-21 side on 5 September[22][23], and captained them through qualification and a place in the 2009 European Championships, playing in every match.[24] During the second leg of the play-offs against Wales, his header from Jamie O'Hara's corner caused a Sam Vokes own-goal which leveled the score to send England through to the tournament. He was due to lead them through the 2009 UEFA European Championships but injury ruled him out of the tournament, ending his under-21 career[25][26] and Mark Noble captained the team in his absence.

Career statistics

Club[27]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003–04 Wycombe Wanderers Division 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2003–04 Newcastle United Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
2004–05 13 0 2 0 0 0 7 0 22 0
2005–06 12 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 17 0
2006–07 27 2 2 1 3 0 12 1 44 4
2007–08 31 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 36 1
2008–09 27 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 29 4
2009–10 Championship 20 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 22 1
Total England 137 8 9 1 8 0 24 1 178 10
Career Total 137 8 9 1 8 0 24 1 178 10

Stats accurate as of 20:11, 13 January 2010

References

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  2. ^ "Shaun and Paul secure football scholarships in United States". News Guardian. 18 August 2009. http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/sport/Shaun-and-Paul-secure-football.4400508.jp.  
  3. ^ "Taylor Made - There's nothing like a full house at St James'". dailymail.co.uk. 13 February 2007. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-435987/Taylor-Made--Theres-like-house-St-James-says-Geordie-boy.html.  
  4. ^ Steven Taylor Profile on ESPN
  5. ^ "Newcastle 0-3 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 2 April 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/4384123.stm.  
  6. ^ "Taylor's Injury Hell". nufc.co.uk. 26 December 2005. http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/articles/taylors-injury-hell-20051226_2240137_760098.  
  7. ^ "Newcastle's Taylor in new setback". BBC Sport. 27 December 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/4561912.stm.  
  8. ^ "Taylor-made for the last 21 of UEFA Cup". Northern Echo. 24 November 2006. http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/football/newcastle/reports/1039531.Taylor_made_for_the_last_32_of_UEFA_Cup/.  
  9. ^ "Chelsea hit the wall as Taylor stands firm". The Daily Telegraph. 23 April 2007. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/2311612/Chelsea-hit-the-wall-as-Taylor-stands-firm.html.  
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  14. ^ England can wait says Toon star Steven Taylor
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  16. ^ "Report: Newcastle United vs Plymouth Argyle". ESPN.com. 13 September 2009. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=268191&cc=5901&league=ENG.2.  
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  19. ^ "U20s ready for Toulon". TheFA.com. 2 June 2005. http://thefa.com/England/MensUnder20s/NewsAndFeatures/2009/EngU20_vTunisia_Preview.aspx.  
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  26. ^ "Pearce wants to win for injured Taylor". Northern Echo. 15 June 2009. http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/4438227.Pearce_wants_to_win_for_injured_Taylor/.  
  27. ^ "Steven Taylor Career Stats". Soccerbase. 29 December 2009. http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=37277. Retrieved 29 December 2009.  

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