Described afterwards as a moment that changed his life, Ryan Taylor’s ‘over the wall’ free-kick that secured a win for Newcastle at Sunderland, will never be forgotten by Toon fans.
The derby-winning goal is synonymous with the amiable Scouser, and rose him to cult-hero status on Tyneside, such was its impact on Newcastle supporters.
It gave birth to his own ‘Ryan Taylor, over the wall’ chant, which is still often heard before games in pubs around the country when Newcastle are playing away.
The goal itself came from a free-kick on the angle of the Sunderland penalty area on Newcastle’s left flank, and Taylor stepped up and hit a pin-point effort, which curled over both the wall, and Simon Mignolet’s desperate stretch, and nestled in the corner of the net.
Cue wild scenes in the away end, and in a second, a new legend was born, as the goal was the difference between the two sides in the 1-0 win for the Magpies.
The player himself admitted he did not know just what the goal would do for him, but said he felt he had just seen his status rise with the fans.
Taylor admits he felt like he had become a hero
Speaking a few years after it, Taylor told the Chronicle: “I remember that day as if it was yesterday. At the time I didn’t really know what the goal would mean for me in the future, and how it would play such a big role in the next few years that I was with Newcastle. It’s still such a fond memory.
“It certainly felt like [I became a hero to the fans overnight].
“Maybe I just got more confident after it to be honest, because I scored the goal and then every time I played after that the Geordies were singing my name all the time.
“As a footballer there’s no better feeling than the fans singing your name, other than probably scoring a goal. It changed my life!”
Shockingly, that goal is still the last time Newcastle beat their bitter rivals, and with the Black Cats’ demise in recent seasons, it remains to be seen when the next opportunity will arise for a player to become an instant hero, like Taylor back in August 2011.
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