Steve Harper has today been singing the praises of Newcastle’s new captain and derby hero Michael Owen.
Michael Owen – come into his own at Newcastle
Steve Harper talked about Michael Owen today:
â€œMichael is a fantastic captain,â€ â€œHeâ€™s played nearly 90 times for England, heâ€™s a top international player and everyone looks up to him.â€â€œHeâ€™s played for Liverpool and Real Madrid and heâ€™s a top, top proven goal-scorer.â€ â€œ
He showed that again against Sunderland. Since weâ€™ve started the huddle, he says his little bit and it gets everyone going, heâ€™s leading by example.â€
â€œHeâ€™s had a fantastic career so far, but if he can play in that position and heâ€™s shown itâ€™s not going to affect his goal-scoring ratio, hopefully he can lead this club for the foreseeable future.â€
Harper knows Michael is on board with Keeganâ€™s grand plan to bring trophies back to St Jamesâ€™ Park and thinks that with Michael in the team, the club will be good enough to bring a trophy to the club for the first time since Bobby Moncur did that with the Fairs Cup in 1969. A game we were at and will never forget.
Steve Harper continued:
â€œMichael knows and we all know what it would do to this club if we were to win a trophy. Thatâ€™s the aim, thatâ€™s what Kevin wants to do in his time here.”
“Thatâ€™s what Michael wants to do, thatâ€™s what we all want to do, because we know how the 1969 team (which won the Fairs Cup) are still talked about,â€â€œItâ€™s going to be the 40th anniversary next year of us winning the Fairs Cup and what a time it would be to put another bit of silverware in the cabinet.”
“Everyone heard what the atmosphere was like just from winning a derby match, but if we actually won a trophy you wouldnâ€™t be able to move in the city.â€
If Newcastle do win a trophy it will be celebrated around the country and even around the world, because most fans are aware of Newcastle’s plight as far as trophies, or the lack of them, is concerned. And they will join in the celebrations of the Geordie Nation everywhere.
Maybe next season?