He will always be know as ‘Over The Wall’ to Newcastle fans, Ryan Taylor scoring that goal against the Mackems.
It was 20 August 2011 at the Stadium of Light and the Newcastle United versatility man leathered that free-kick into the far top corner.
It wasn’t a one-off either, as he scored a number of other outrageous free-kick goals for Newcastle.
However, the best moment of his career didn’t involve any goal from his sweet right foot, though it did feature a win for Newcastle United.
Ryan Taylor says that to come back from his two injuries and play at Manchester City was the best ever.
Newcastle won 2-0 at the Etihad in the League Cup and Ryan Taylor ended up playing the full 90 minutes, over two years after his last first team appearance.
The amusing thing after the match was Alan Pardew talkig as though he had been a tactical genius, picking his very best cunning team that would stand a chance of beating Manchester City in the League Cup. The reality of course being that he’d picked a combination of younger and fringe players, as he faithfully pursued Mike Ashley’s policy of trying to exit the cups at the earliest opportunity.
Only for a Rolando Aarons goal and injury to Silva to upset the odds, with an excellent spirited display by the Newcastle team comfortably seeing off the home side.
Only to be stuffed by Tottenham in the next round!
Ryan Taylor talking to the NUFC Match Programme (Newcastle v Wigan):
“Everyone will talk about the Sunderland game, but for me, that (Manchester City in the League Cup) was the best night of my career.
“After achieving what I had achieved, after overcoming what I had overcome – people writing me off, doubting me – it just couldn’t have gone any better.
“I only found out a couple of hours before the game that I was even playing. I was back in the squad, and I thought, ‘If I get 20 minutes, I am going to be so happy – regardless of the score.’ And then the team got announced, and I was like, ‘I’m playing!’
“Well, that was it – all the texts went out. My family were going to be there anyway, but they were as delighted as me.
“And Manchester City didn’t put a bad side out – they had a lot of big players. To go there and win in the way that we did, it just felt like it was meant to be.
“If I could go back, I’d love to be on the pitch in front of those Geordies going absolutely crazy.”
Wednesday 29 October 2014
League Cup Fourth Round
Manchester City 0 Newcastle United 2
Goals: Aarons (6), Sissoko (75)
Caballero, Sagna, Demichelis, Manga, Kolarov, Milner, Toure (Navas 60), Fernandinho, Silva (Nasri 9 (Aguero 70)), Jovetic, Dzeko
Elliot, Janmaat (Sissoko 65), Coloccini, Dummett, Haidara, R.Taylor, Abeid, Colback, Obertan, Armstrong (Riviere 65), Aarons (Ameobi 46)