NUFC star backs school boys

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College footballers preparing for one of the biggest games of their season this week were given some top tips from Newcastle United player Stephen Taylor.

The defender visited Monkseaton Football Academy on on Friday afternoon, before they played in the English Colleges Football Association Champoions League Final against Myerscough College yesterday (Wednesday).

And as well as giving them advice on a big game, he organised for the squad to travel to their game at the Stobbart Stadium in style with an Executive Coach.

Taylor had his picture taken with the students, before embarking on an honest question and answer session with the lads, telling them to not get cocky ahead of the game, and to test their opposition early doors when the match kicks off.

He also told the squad to be confident, and trust each other.

The game is massive for Monkseaton Football Academy, and a one that coach lee Picton says is unfinished business for some f the players.

He said: “We got through to the final last year but were beaten five nil so that was a real disappointing day for us.

“It will be a tough game.

“There are two teams that have beaten us this season, and they are one of them, it was a really difficult game.”

Having a player of Steven Taylor’s Premier League stature was a great boost for the team, and one Picton hopes they will benefit from.

He added: “Hopefully the experience they have had today, spending a bit of time with Steven Taylor and listening to how he prepares for a game will help them.

“It’s great that we have access to the Executive Coach, it certainly beats travelling in the school minibus.

“I really appreciate him taking the time to visit his old school and give the details of his own experiences to our lads.”