Steven Taylor had an ‘interesting’ career at Newcastle United.
Up and down form, injuries, and a relationship with supporters that had its high and low points.
Released at the end of last season, an ill-fated move to Portland Timbers was cut short only a few months into a two and half year contract and now he has popped up at Ipswich until the end of the season.
On Saturday we brought you what Steven Taylor considers his most embarrassing NUFC moment and below he lists his favourite bit of sporting memorabilia, his love of Spas (or is that Spars??), and which Newcastle player he keeps in daily contact with.
Steven Taylor talking to EFL Weekly Podcast:
‘What do you do on days off?’
“I like a spa, Nandos, cinema – I’m just a chilled out kind of guy.”
‘What do your teammates call you?’
“I haven’t been here long so they have been good to me, only called me ‘Tayls’. I’m sure there will be a few nicknames in the future though…”
‘Closest friend in football?’
“It has got to be – as since a very early age, since I started off at Newcastle, we have always been close friends and we go on holidays together
“We are still in contact on a daily basis.”
‘What is your squad number and the significance?’
“All my career at Newcastle and Portland I always had No.27 but Lawrence (at Ipswich) had it already so I took No.2. That was what was left but No.27 is my lucky number.”
‘Favourite item of memorabilia from your career?’
“My first ever game for Newcastle, playing against Real Mallorca and Samuel Eto’o.
“The last few minutes of the game I was literally all over him, next to him, making sure that I didn’t go off the pitch without that shirt. Whistle gets blown and I walk up to him.
“We swap shirts and I think he’ll have used my No.38 shirt to clean the house with – thinking who the hell is this kid?”