Ryan Taylor (footballer, born 1984)

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Ryan Taylor
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Taylor with Newcastle United
Personal information
Full name Ryan Anthony Taylor[1]
Date of birth (1984-08-19) 19 August 1984 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United
Number 4
Youth career
000?–2002 Tranmere Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Tranmere Rovers 98 (14)
2005–2009 Wigan Athletic 56 (6)
2009– Newcastle United 78 (6)
National team
2005 England U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:00, 25 August 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Ryan Anthony Taylor (born 19 August 1984) is an English footballer who plays for Newcastle United. He is a versatile player who can operate as a fullback or as a winger.

Career[edit]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

Born in Liverpool, Merseyside,[1] 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 pivotal 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 set pieces). Tranmere accepted an offer from Wigan Athletic of around £750,000 plus additional clauses for Taylor in the close season and he moved to the Premier League outfit that summer.[3]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

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[edit]

On 2 February 2009, Sky Sports reported that Taylor was at St James' Park 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.[4] 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 two 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. Newcastle won promotion at the end of the season.

Due to the arrival of right back James Perch and central defender Sol Campbell in the summer, Taylor was mostly on the bench for the league fixtures. He played in all three of Newcastle's Football League Cup ties, scoring in two. He scored a long range goal in the second round 3–2 win over Accrington Stanley and a free kick in the 4–3 win away to Chelsea. He played in the 4–0 League Cup loss to Arsenal at St James' Park. After a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury, Taylor returned to first-team action on 26 February 2011 in a game against Bolton Wanderers, being sent off after a challenge on Johan Elmander in the 54th minute.[5]

On 20 August 2011, he scored the winner from a free-kick in a 1–0 victory over Sunderland,[6] and then scored a late equaliser from another free-kick in the 2–1 away win against Scunthorpe United in the second round of the Football League Cup five days later.[7] He earned the nickname 'Over The Wall' for his trademark curling free kicks.

The first months of the season saw Taylor enjoying an extended run in the first team, eventually thriving after a difficult start in an unfamiliar left back role and keeping Italy international Davide Santon on the bench. Taylor scored the winning goal, a dipping volley from outside the penalty area, against Everton in November to help Newcastle match their best start to a Premier League season since the mid-1990s, going 11 games unbeaten. He dedicated his goal to his six-week-old son and also won the man of the match.[8]

On 23 August 2012 Ryan Taylor scored from a free kick in an away Europa League game against Atromitos, but suffered a serious knee injury in the return leg on 30 August 2012. Scans revealed Taylor had torn a cruciate ligament in his right knee and would be sidelined for many months,[citation needed] although manager Alan Pardew said he thought a quick return was possible. After returning to training towards the end of the 2012/2013 season, Ryan Taylor further injured his ligaments, Alan Pardew projecting that he would miss the entire 2013/2014 season.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

Taylor playing for Newcastle United in 2012
As of match played 30 August 2012.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tranmere Rovers 2002–03[9] Second Division 25 1 2 0 2 1 3[a] 1 32 3
2003–04[10] Second Division 30 5 7 1 2 0 0 0 39 6
2004–05[11] League One 43 8 1 1 2 0 5[b] 1 51 10
Total 98 14 10 2 6 1 8 2 122 19
Wigan Athletic 2005–06[12] Premier League 11 0 1 0 4 1 16 1
2006–07[13] Premier League 16 1 0 0 0 0 16 1
2007–08[14] Premier League 17 3 2 0 0 0 19 3
2008–09[15] Premier League 12 2 0 0 0 0 12 2
Total 56 6 3 0 4 1 63 7
Newcastle United 2008–09[15] Premier League 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2009–10[16] Championship 31 4 3 0 2 0 36 4
2010–11[17] Premier League 5 0 0 0 3 2 8 2
2011–12[18] Premier League 31 2 2 0 1 1 34 3
2012–13[19] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 2[c] 1 3 1
2013–14[20] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[21] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 78 6 5 0 6 3 2 1 91 10
Career total 232 26 18 2 16 5 10 3 276 36
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Three appearances in Football League Trophy, two appearances and one goal in League One play-offs
  3. ^ Appearance in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Newcastle United

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 401. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Biography". Newcastle United F.C. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Wigan complete swoop for Taylor". BBC Sport. 13 July 2005. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Crystal Palace 0–2 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 22 August 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Newcastle 1–1 Bolton". BBC Sport. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sunderland 0–1 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Scunthorpe 1–2 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Newcastle 2–1 Everton" BBC Sport. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Games played by Ryan Taylor in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Games played by Ryan Taylor in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Games played by Ryan Taylor in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Games played by Ryan Taylor in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Games played by Ryan Taylor in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Games played by Ryan Taylor in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Games played by Ryan Taylor in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Ryan Taylor in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2011). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2011–2012. Headline Publishing Group. pp. 266–267, 609–611. ISBN 9-780755-362318. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Ryan Taylor in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  19. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2013). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2013–2014. Headline Publishing Group. pp. 24–245, 817–820. ISBN 9-780755-364138. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Ryan Taylor in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  21. ^ Cite error: The named reference Games_played_by_Ryan_Taylor_in_2014.2F2015 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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