Steven Taylor

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


United fans have seen the last of Steven Taylor's famous fist-pumps - until the homegrown centre-back next finds the back of the net, that is.

Over the last few years, Taylor has traditionally revved up Newcastle's supporters home and away just before kick-off with his show of passion.

But in an exclusive interview with the Club's official matchday programme for tonight's home game against Tottenham, he revealed the fist-pumps have been temporarily retired.

"It's all about releasing some energy, because I get really pumped up before games, and making sure the fans are as loud as they can be and right behind us," explained the 28-year-old, who came up through the Magpies' Academy.

"But, there won't be any more fist-pumping now for a while.

"I've put it away for a while and I think it won't come back out again until I score. The fans won't see it again until then."

To read more from Taylor - as well as interviews with Chris Waddle, Yoan Gouffran and Dan Gosling - buy a copy of the matchday programme, costing just £3 around St. James' Park before kick-off.