In the brand new issue of The Mag we bring you an exclusive interview with Newcastle United’s Ryan Taylor.
Ryan talks about everything from scoring ‘that’ goal in the derby match to practising free kicks in extra training on windy days at Tranmere.
Plus of course we get the inside story on Ryan Taylor’s battle back from the injury shocker at the start of the season.
The full interview can only be read in the New Mag which is out today, below we’ve pulled out a few bits to whet the appetite.
Have you considered getting an ‘Over The Wall’ tattoo?
It’s definitely stuck, wherever I go. I was parking my car and couldn’t even see where it was coming from, must have been a passing car but all I could hear was, ‘….over the wall’! It’s a great feeling and a saying that I will always treasure, when I’m retired Newcastle fans will still remind me of it.
Later on when you’re watching the free-kick on TV, it must be a bit mad as you know that you are part of Newcastle’s history and people never forget derby winners?
I remember when it went into the net and I just stood there, I didn’t know what to do. Steven (Taylor) came over and took care of me, he took hold of me and said he was taking me over to see the fans.
My dad was in amongst our fans and he said he’s seen nothing like it, never seen a goal celebrated remotely like it. It was a bit of a blur but I do then remember after we went one up thinking ‘let it be just one nil’! We have a laugh about it because Dan Gosling had a bit of a chance near the end and I often say to him ‘nice one Dan’ for not putting it away. It was nice to be the match winner. I knew it was an important goal in a way but not to the extent I found out over the following weeks and months.
I was brought up as a Liverpool fan and knew all about derby heroes but the derbies are a lot different up here. In Liverpool the two clubs are in the same city and nowadays they are quite friendly , certainly compared to the one up here. Back home you get families that are divided but you don’t really get that here.
You come to terms with the fact that you’ve helped make a lot of people happy, I’ve lost count of the number of people who have come up to me and said how they were at the match and how they remember the goal and how drunk they got afterwards!
Have you always had a knack for taking free-kicks?
As a kid I always loved taking them and used to like to take them from as far back as possible. I used to especially love scoring from there, much more than from any other situation. Putting it over the wall into the top corner, there was nothing better.
Then I stuck with it as I came up through the ranks at Tranmere and scored some all the way through the levels. I thought if I could keep at it then it would be something that could give me an extra dimension, all of those times out on a windy day spending an extra twenty or thirty minutes…I’d like to think it brings its rewards.
That twenty minutes here and there are what lead to scoring free-kicks on the big stage.
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