Steven Taylor was known as quite the character in the Newcastle United dressing room, a player who would put a smile on faces of teammates and fans and someone who througholy enjoyed his time being part a group where he was afforded the chance to play the joker.
Now 32, Taylor turns out for Peterborough United in League One after leaving the Magpies back in 2016. While he is now experienced in terms of football, Taylor grabbed the headlines in a snow covered clash last night against Walsall.
The former England U21 international grabbed a brush and began sweeping snow from the pitch after the referee halted the game half-way through the second half due to the increasing snowfall.
With the Posh on a winless streak of five games but 2-1 up against Walsall, Taylor was quick to help groundstaff clear the pitch and thanks to his efforts, Posh went onto win.
Taylor’s quick thinking went down well on social media with Peterborough and Newcastle United fans with some Magpies reminiscing about the defender’s time on Tyneside.
Here are a few of the moments that made his time at Newcastle memorable:
Tim Krul’s shorts
Newcastle United players were busy doing their squad photographs for the new 2009/10 season.
The Magpies had just suffered relegation to the Championship but after a summer of soul-searching, the mood in the camp was good and Taylor was central to that. Step forward, Tim Krul. The Dutchman is posing for his single shot squad photograph when Taylor sneaks up behind to pull his shorts down. Krul is oblivious to it and is left standing, smiling. in just his y-fronts.
This phrase still provokes contempt on Wearside today. Taylor in an interview with the media back in 2012 was asked if he would ever pull on the red and white of Sunderland.
“I would rather go and collect stamps than stick on that shirt,” he replied. Newcastle fans lapped it up but Sunderland fans not so much. Then Magpies manager Alan Pardew had to stop Taylor from wearing boots with ‘stamp collector’ emblazened on the side.
It appears that no one was free of Taylor’s pranks – even the poor cook at Newcastle United’s Benton training ground base.
In an interview with Sky Sports News, former Magpies defender Ryan Talor was asked about the ‘joker’ of the then squad. “Steven,” he replied. “An example would be I’ve come in one day and he’s cracked two eggs over the lady who cooks the food’s head! So that’s just Steven all over.”