Harper – Two Massive Games Coming Up For Newcastle


Steve Harper, Newcastle’s in form 6′ 2″ goalkeeper, has said that Newcastle next two games against Birmingham away on Monday night, and Fulham at home a week tomorrow, are the most important games in the recent history of the football club. Steve’s right there.

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Steve Harper – enjoying a laugh in training

Steve Harper has been a great servant of Newcastle United and he’s been at the club since 1993, when Kevin Keegan signed him from Seaham Red Star.

Steve talked to Newcastle World TV today:

“Of course we have mentioned relegation,” “We looked at the situation this week – the teams around us, where we stand and what we have to do over the next nine games.”

“The next two fixtures are the biggest in the recent history. There is nobody underestimating that and we know how big the job is.” “There are nine teams down there with a chance of going down and unfortunately we are one of them.”

“We have a little mini-season now to save ourselves and we have to roll up our sleeves and get on with it.” “The gaffer has been so positive and what better man for the job than Kevin,”

“He knows this club inside out and he’s the man to pick the players up.” “That’s what we have been working on day-in-day-out in training, getting the intensity and work rate up and preparing for what is a massive game on Monday.”

We’re surprised that Kevin hasn’t been able to get the best out of our current squad, but neither could Big Sam for the first half of the season, and neither could Glenn Roeder last season.

To be fair to Glenn, he had massive injury problems last season and had to play a lot of the youngsters in January and February. It was only when the experienced players came back that we had a terrible last 10 games of the season. Sound familiar?.

Good words from Steve as usual – a great goalkeeper and an even better person.

If there is any truth in the rumors today that Keegan has two more games left to get Newcastle winning again, we would hope Chris Mort would first of all speak to the senior players before any move is made. We think that move to move Kevin upstairs would be catastrophic, because it shows again the Newcastle United hierarchy has no patience.

Steve is one of the senior players at the club, and he’s a very sensible lad with the good of the Newcastle club at heart. It’s a pity we cannot say that about more of our current squad.

Steve has now played 101 times for the club and made 43 appearances while on loan to other clubs. He’s been in great form since he replaced the injured Shay Given against Manchester United, in our 5-1 hammering at St. James’ Park on 23rd February in front of 52,291 home fans.

Let’s hope we can get that all important win on Monday night – but fortune favors the brave and if we don’t show courage on Monday night we’ll be beaten. Birmingham will be ready for the game, we should make no mistake about that.

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18 comments so far

  • rlw

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #1

    The Best keeper we have got.

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  • Eric

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Well said Steve. Make him captain until end of season. Let’s have a local lad spurring on the team! Trouble is it is not who is behind Steve Harper – it is the clowns in front of him. We know Harper will not let us down. Has he ever? Not to my knowledge.

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  • Stami

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #3

    CARROLL!!! play CARROLL!!!

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  • doc

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Consider this!

    I dont agree with the following but it has some merit

    The consequence of relegation

    a lot of high wage earners leave the club because the championship is below them, this results in a huge decrease in the wage bill an income from sale fees and gets us out of contracts with crappy players

    KK can then invest in players to get us straight back up paying reasonable salaries and transfer fees

    We get a bigger better and younger squad

    This saves Mike A millions in wages, gives the club a major shake up players wise and puts the club on the road to success again

    I agree will will loose revenue from tv but we will still get 40k + crowds and when we are playing great football we will selll out again even in the championship

    Thoughts please (sensible comments I mean)

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  • Stami

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Birmingham are prob looking at this fixture saying, ‘these guys are playing TERRIBLE football at the moment, we need to try and capitalise on this and pick up a valuable 3 points’. make no mistake, they will come out at us hard and they will fight for every inch on the pitch! we need composure, stability at the back, and some pace up front to catch them on the counter as i believe they will be pushing into our box every chance they get!!! and for goodness sake please…play ANDY bl**dy CARROLL!!!

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  • Davies

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Important games my arse. Every game is important, but nobody seems to get that. There’s no point in hounding out the same old dross week in week out if they don’t understand that fact. If games had been treated as important from the minute Keegan came back, we wouldn’t be in this position.

    The games that came before Sam’s sacking were some of the worst I’ve seen my club play in a long time.

    These games are not just important, they are crucial to our survival as a premiership side.

    It’s time to stop playing Stephen Taylor because he’s a popular local lad, he’s been shit lately. It’s time to leave Smith on the bench and tell him to live with it, contract or not. It’s time to shake the rest of our overpaid lazy bastard squad and say “WAKE UP, THIS ISN’T JUST ABOUT YOU. DO YOUR F*CKING JOB PROPERLY OR F*CK OFF”.

    Somebody needs to tell Keegan that he is likely to loose our best striker in Obafemi Martins if he keeps shovelling the regular pack of shitheads up front that we’ve had to live with since he returned in January. We are likely to loose the likes of Andy Carroll and David Edgar to clubs that offer them first team football. He also needs to keep to his word that he will try and persuade Charles N’Zogbia to stay at Newcastle by playing him in midfield every week. He’s the best midfileder we have, and he will be at Spurs in the summer if Keegan keeps going the way he is.

    Why is nobody doing any of the things that scream common sense at my club???

    Answers on a postcard……

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  • geordie in taipei

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Davies said it all. Well said…i might go have a cry now……balls supporting toon of late is upsetting…though personnally i reckon Duff is a bit better than Zogs – he can pass !

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  • Stami

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #8

    doc – your ‘idea’ has come up before. i too dont think it would be terrible for the club, but more humiliating for the fans!

    if we where to go down, we would certainly emerge into the EPL a much much stronger team. TEAM being the oprative word! a clensed, refreshed squad who would wear the black and white with pride and honour! play with heart and conviction, looking at our current crop of youth players we would not be that far off. so there is a positive side to the potential fall of a once mighty giant!

    i also believe that if we can make it through this season staying up, we will be able to do a simillar thing with our squad! Keegan given all the backing and time he needs in the market and with the team! Terminating contracts of the ‘undesirables’ at the club!

    the most important thing is that we as supporters stick by our Club no matter what!
    we are the Newcastle United faithful, through thick and thin!

    UP THE TOON!!!
    HOWAY THE LADS!!!

    Play CARROLL!!!

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  • James

    Mar 14, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Official Team News From Birmingham

    “We plan to rest some of our better players against Newcastle because we’ve heard that Butt and Smith are playing. Which makes it easier for us having to play 9 men.”

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  • Eric

    Mar 14, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Well stated Davies. Uncompromising but true!
    We must play Carroll with Oba. Taylor can spend the day in Mothercare looking for another dummy to replace the one’s he keeps throwing at the crowd!

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  • JEFF

    Mar 14, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #11

    IM A NUFC SUPPORTER LIVING IN B’HAM AND GO TO A LOT OF THEIR MATCHES ! ITS GONNA BE A TOUGH TOUGH GAME ….WOULD TAKE A DRAW !!!!! DONT MEAN TO SOUND NEGATIVE BUT HONESTLY DONT THINK WE WILL COME AWAY FROM THERE WITH ANYTHING ! HARPER, BEYE,TAYLOR,FAYE,ENRIQUE, DUFF,BARTON, BUTT,NZOG,OWEN,MARTINS.

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  • dragoner

    Mar 14, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    its games like this when we actually need players like smith, barton etc, because it will not be about quality, it will be about which team has more fight in them.

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  • dragoner

    Mar 14, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #13

    by the way i am loving that new map thing on here

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  • CJ

    Mar 14, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Just read Aaron Lennon on his way out of Totteneham he would be a great signing and good competion for Milner.

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  • GP

    Mar 14, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #15

    CJ – Got a link?

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  • dragoner

    Mar 14, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #16

    if we play martins and viduka i think we will play crap but score two goals and birmingham will play well but only score one…just a gut feeling lol

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  • Ben

    Mar 14, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Keegan if by any small chance u some how randomly come across this web page then please listen to the team being mooted for slecetion:

    Quite clearly Nicky Butt and Alan Smith have compromising pictures of Ashley and Keegan,only logical explanation for their inclusion,dont get me rworng,everyoine loves someone who works hard,but both are VERY VERY average!

    Team (not that it matters as the above 2 will play)

    Harper

    Beye Faye Diatta Enrique

    Duff Geremi Barton N’Zogbia

    Owen Martins

    Subs:Viduka (second half), Caroll, Butt (to give the ball away on the edge of the box in the 88th minute to larson who scores a belter), Lua-lua,Smith.

    Your all probably thinking, Diatta?why?Taylor,great passion, not positional sense,diatta is a scrapper,we need somehting new in defence,leak goals weeke in week out so might as well try somehting new, no he has no real premiership experienc, but what he does has is an understnading with beye and faye who are his fellow internationals!

    KEEGAN-DROP SMITH AND BUTT TO THE BENCH AT LEAST OR WE CAN SAY GOODBYE TO A WIN!

    Only team in the world where the fans want to of their players to be suspended!

    Get behinde the team on Monday!

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  • Scott Hodge

    Mar 14, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Agree Davies, some of the young guns WILL be away in the summer, I always liked KK, spoke with him a few weeks back but nice guys dont neccesarily win things and I’m really concerned about :

    1) the real reason he came back?
    2) Does he really have what it takes anymore?
    3) Will he crack under the stress and leave as he has done on more than one occasion?

    Some of his selections lately seem a bit gutless, Edgar, Carroll and Lua Lua can forget a run out cos he hasnt got the bottle to drop the very guys who are in the process of getting his team relagated. Sad times but I still think we’ll beat the drop, something to celebrate eh? !

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