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Steve Harper testimonial match: Highlights, interviews and Harper’s farewell speech

September 12th, 2013 | 62 Comments |

Very brief highlights of the very well attented (over 50,000) testimonial match for Steve Harper against a team of AC Milan legends, a tribute to his twenty years of loyal service to the Magpies. They mostly feature Paolo di Canio being booed, Harper and Alan Shearer being cheered then Harper missing his penalty when the game went into a shootout after a 0-0 draw. The Milan legends side won on penalties in the end.

Full penalty shoot out. (more…)

Steve Harper – “We’re going to lose half a dozen players.”

June 26th, 2012 | 94 Comments |

Steve Harper.
Old codger Steve - Feeling the strain.
The forgotten man of Newcastle United, Steve Harper, has spoken out on his thoughts for next season at Newcastle United, claiming that as many as half a dozen players might be leaving, and making an heartfelt appeal for more players in the squad for our upcoming season in European competition.

As to whether this should include any younger, more sprightly goalkeepers to rival him him in the goalkeeper’s pecking order, he didn’t say, though he did have a good old moan about how pre-pre season training is getting ever harder as he gets older. In other goalkeeping news, it seems that Frankenstein’s monster Fraser Forster may well be coming back to Newcastle after all to report for pre season, with a much mooted deal for Celtic still unsigned. But I digress…

Getting back to the Easington shot stopper though, he was speaking to North East news website, “News Guardian” in a video interview on launching a charity “swimathon” called “Reason to Swim” for the Percy Hedley Foundation at Northern Counties School in Jesmond.

Firstly, on his preparations for the season so far, the old codger grumbled: (more…)

The end for Steve Harper and Peter Lovenkrands?

November 2nd, 2011 | 18 Comments |

Steve Harper and Peter Lovenkrands: Looking for a way oot.
Harper and Lovenkrands: Looking for a way oot.
In the last week, both Steve Harper and Peter Lovenkrands have made very strong suggestions that their days at Newcastle United are numbered.

Firstly, speaking in an interview with Brighton and Hove Albion’s website and also in the club’s match programme, currently on loan ‘keeper, Steve Harper, has once again become weary of his peripheral role at Newcastle United. The goalkeeper said that now he was a bit more settled in at Brighton, he would definitely be open to extending his trip to the seaside further, also adding that he wished he had “moved on” ten years earlier.

Harper, who joined the club from the mighty Seaham Red Star back in 1903, and was a close personal friend of the Magpies’ legendary Edwardian centre forward, Albert Shepherd, said on extending his current one month loan from the current deadline of the 20th November:

“I’m certainly open to that, definitely, but the focus this week is Tuesday and Sunday and hopefully getting four or six points.

“Then Sunday night I’ll speak to the manager and my wife and see how she is getting on with the kids and we’ll take it from there!” (more…)

Harping on about Krul

October 7th, 2011 | 9 Comments |

Steve Harper happy to wait his turn.
Happy to wait his turn
Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper says he’s content to keep the bench warm for now and has nothing but praise for Tim Krul.

My esteemed colleague recently wrote an article about Steve Harper asking whether he is content playing second fiddle to Tim Krul at Newcastle or whether he may consider moving elsewhere.

And yesterday Steve Harper gave his reply. When asked if he’s prepared to sit on the bench, Harper said:

Of course. The club made the decision to start with Tim at the start of the season and he has been outstanding. You can’t take that away from him.

Some games he has been quiet but against Fulham, the cup game against Scunny, and Wolves he was outstanding.

He has played a big part in the start to the season and I will continue to help him. I know he’s said that. But I will help him as much as I can.

He is a big player for the future and if I can help get the best out of him then it will only benefit the club.(more…)

Harper on “ideal manager” Hughton.

November 5th, 2010 | 84 Comments |

Harper: The one with the s**te sculpture (again).
Harper: The one with the s**te sculpture (again).
Anyone who doubts Newcastle United’s players total loyalty must take a look at comments made since the derby victory.

Shola Ameobi, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton have now been joined by long serving, and long suffering goalkeeper, Steve Harper, in endorsing Hughton’s hopes for a new contract.

Harper, who has worked with 10 managers since joining the club in 1993 should be more knowledgeable then as to what United need from their boss.

And Speaking to the Telegraphy. Harper has now outlined the characteristics which make Hughton “perfect” for United:

“He has been the ideal manager for us. He doesn’t work the crowd; he just gets his head down and gets on with the job. He doesn’t milk it; he gets on with things irrespective of things going on around him.”

“He is incredible. He is always the same, he doesn’t get carried away when things are going well and he doesn’t get too down when they are not. He is very level-headed, which is what this club needs. He is the perfect man for the job.” (more…)