Biigest Derby Game In My 16 Years – Steve Harper


Local lad Steve Harper, who will be in goal for Newcastle at home against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon,  and is one of the leaders in the dressing room at Newcastle, insists this derby game is the most important one in his long 16 years at the club.

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Steve Harper – huge derby game on Sunday

The Easington-born 33-year-old, who played for the first time at St. James’ Park against Sunderland last season, when Michael Owen was terrific in the first half, and had the game wrapped up for the Magpies by half time with two goals, has billed Sunday’s game as another relegation six-pointer.

Steve talked to nufcTV about the game on Sunday:

“Last year’s derby was massive of course, but by the time we beat them it almost guaranteed safety,”

“This time it’s different. We’re a long way from safety and we desperately need the points to kick-start some sort of run which could take us away from trouble.”

“This is without doubt the biggest derby game in my time at the club.”   “I’ve played in three now and haven’t been beaten.”

“I’ve played in two draws at the Stadium of Light and one win up here when Michael got us off to a cracking start with a header after just five minutes or so.”

“It’s important to get off to a good start again because with the fans behind us they are our 12th man.”

“This is must-win, no doubt about that.”

It will be good to have local lads Steve Harper and Steven Taylor playing on Sunday, and it was pleasing to see Taylor play quite well on Wednesday night at Eastlands. You can never question these local lads devotion and commitment to the Newcastle cause, of course.

Harper may need a few games to get sharp again, but we have every confidence that Steve can and will fill the shoes of  Shay Given in the coming seasons.

And  of course he’ll have Dutchman Tim Krul and Hexham-born Fraser Forster both breathing down his neck for a first team opportunity.

Both are excellent 20 year old goalkeeping prospects, which is one reason Newcastle can probably allow Given to finally leave the club, however sad that may be.

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30 comments so far

  • alextoon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #1

    you need to fix than spelling error in the headline mate lol

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #2

    C,mon Steve you the Man Love and Kisses SJT MWAH XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  • Kash

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope JK gives some of our youngsters a crack at the mackems!!! Someone can avenge the leg break caused to Kadar!!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #4

    alextoon // Jan 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    you need to fix than spelling error in the headline mate lol

    Who are you the English Teacher?

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  • magpies1

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    On the xisco topic I want to see if I have this right. we are not playing xisco because we will have to pay deportivo 2.5 mil??

    whats the point of signing him then?

    or are we waiting till next season to start playing him?

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  • richyg01

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #6

    News on Shay Transfer Request…

    “The 32-year-old goalkeeper appeared to move a significant step closer to forcing the issue last night when he submitted a formal transfer request, effectively waiving a portion of the fee, certain other bonuses and, after 11 years at St James’ Park, his entitlement to a testimonial game.”

    I think he still deserves a Testimonial.

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  • Monster

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    This game is the epitome of the term ‘must win’. And quite frankly I’m worried.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #8

    richyg01 // Jan 30, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    News on Shay Transfer Request…

    “The 32-year-old goalkeeper appeared to move a significant step closer to forcing the issue last night when he submitted a formal transfer request, effectively waiving a portion of the fee, certain other bonuses and, after 11 years at St James’ Park, his entitlement to a testimonial game.”

    I think he still deserves a Testimonial.

    You typed this on the last thread..he deserves nothing,he is leaving us in the middle of a serious fight for survival,that does not warrant a testimonial.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #9

    And the sooner he goes the Better step up Mr Harper..The DON.

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  • richyg01

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10

    sirjasontoon // Jan 30, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    So because he wants to leave you forget everything he has ever done for us.

    Shay is the best goalkeeper in the world and in all fairness to him, being with us is holding him back.

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  • richyg01

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Joe is trying to get Geremi out:

    Joe Kinnear: “I tried to sell Geremi because I thought it would raise £4million but that deal fell through so I had to play him (against City).

    “We have been negotiating with someone else on the continent. We thought that deal was done but suddenly the goal posts have moved.”

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  • Monster

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #12

    sirjasontoon

    I have to say I’m a little disappointed with Shay tbh. You can’t blame him for wanting to get away from here and there’s no doubt he deserves to be winning trophies – but leaving us now is dropping us further into the doodoo (no offence to Harper of course). What exactly is he going to get out of joining Man City now rather than in the summer? Surely the only difference will be a few months improved pay – I know we mean more to him than that…

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #13

    and so he should. Geremi has never done anything of note and he is far to slow.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Shay is not the best goal keeper in the world you fool…stop being deluded.

    If he had 1 ounce of pride or loved the club he would soldier on til the end of the season.

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  • richyg01

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Whats this news on Chelski winger Gael Kakuta?

    We are meant to be wanting the lad on loan, he is only 17.

    Any distance in it?

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  • Micky Toon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #16

    richyg01- We were hardly holding him back. He could have put in a transfer request at anytime. The reason he’s stayed through all the crap is because no one else wanted him. Every year he has been in the papers because Arsenal or ManU or whoever are needing a new goal keeper and everytime he apparently stays.
    The facts are that he isn’t that good a goalkeeper. He is a good shot stopper and he has been a legend for us, but in the grand scheme of things he isn’t world class.
    He would have got a testimonial if he had stuck it out and fought for the cause, but his current attitude stinks. Things are tough and what we don’t need are people jumping ship, we need people to rally round and help us out of the mess.

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  • sahota

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #17

    But I agree with jasontoon, I have respect for Shay, but it would have been good if he waited till end of season and help us through this tough time. And where he is going Man City. Everyone knows this season they can not win anything. Who knows might be back again in relegation fight after 1-2 defeats. So not sure what Shay is upto, but I wish him good luck.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Cheers Monster…I really liked Given always had good words and praise for him…his timing though and talking shit just before a transfer window has only done more harm than good.

    He deserves nothing from Newcastle,we made him who is is today and paid him handsomely in the process.

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  • richyg01

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #19

    ANY NEWS ON NOLAN, DID HE SIGN BEFORE 12pm???

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  • sahota

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Hey Ed…I don’t mind spelling errors. But looks like some people do observe them and it might look bad sometimes. You might already know about it but if not, there are lot of extensions these days available for free which you can install and it will underline the spelling errors while you type in in nay form or anywhere online and also suggests what might be right spelling.

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Nolan is signed. Its official.

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  • richyg01

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Jan 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Nolan is signed. Its official.

    WHERE??

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #23

    According to Sky Sports News anyway. They just said on the TV. Undisclosed fee and he signed a 4 and a half year deal.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Steve Harper..model professional and his time has come to step upto the plate and dedicate his career to the toon cause.

    I take my hat off to Harper..a real man that will stand by us come rain or shine.

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  • rowntree1987

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #25

    well theres one player in ryan taylor probs will e the second coz we need sum1 who can take free kicks like taylors coz geremi is absolute crap

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  • richyg01

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #26

    sirjasontoon // Jan 30, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Steve Harper..model professional and his time has come to step upto the plate and dedicate his career to the toon cause.

    I take my hat off to Harper..a real man that will stand by us come rain or shine.

    I cant disagree with you there. So glad he re-signed and didnt go to spuds

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 30, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #27

    I dont mind the spelling either, could because I spell quite bad myself. However, the picture of Ashley with fans in the blogg-banner is a bit annoying 🙂

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  • Graeme

    Jan 30, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Rowntree, How can you say Geremi is crap?

    He is the most consistant dead ball artist we have at the club. He hits the first defender EVERY time – he must spend hours on the practice field perfecting his art.

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  • If carlsberg did geordies....

    Jan 30, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #29

    I think Shay Given may have left us slighlty in the lurch but can you blame him?

    I am not too concerned with Shay leaving because Steve Harper is just as good, he has waited and waited for the number 1 spot and now he has it, he deserves it!

    If Harper had signed for a premier league team a few years ago as a number 1 he surely would have been England Number 1, is there still time for him to be called up?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 30, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #30

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