Harper Pleased To Stay At Newcastle – Good!


Steve Harper has just signed a renewed contract at Newcastle United, and for the first time he could be Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper, finally emerging from  the shadow of Shay Given, whose move to Manchester City is now looking like a firm maybe.

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Top goalkeeper Steve Harper – flattered by Spurs interest

Steve says he was quite flattered by Spurs’ boss Harry Redknapp, wanting him at the London club, but he is happy to stay at Newcastle United, where he is currently the longest serving player on the books.

He was signed by Kevin Keegan from Seaham Red  Star when he was just 18, way back in 1993, when Kevin’s hair wasn’t even gray.

Steve ended any doubts about his future earlier this week by signing a new three-year contract at St James’ Park, that will keep him at the club until 2012, and that will be 19 years at Newcastle United, and he’ll then be 37.

Steve said in the Daily Star Sunday today:

“I was flattered Tottenham put an offer in for me and if the club had accepted that, it’s unlikely I would be here now,”

“But when the club turned down the offer from Spurs and came back with another offer, looking at the bigger picture, I was happy to stay.”

As Joey Barton said when all the speculation was going on, ‘You’re a lifer’, but I did watch the second leg of Spurs’ cup semi-final.”

“I watched that because, when a bid is in, anything can happen.”

Anything can happen in football and it’s not even clear that Newcastle will agree to let Given go to City for just £5M, which would not be looked on well by Newcastle fans.

If we are to let our best player leave, at least let’s get what he’s worth, which is at least £10M.

But with Man City looking little short of terrible yesterday, against a 10 man Stoke City side, who did what Newcastle almost did earlier in the season, which is beat City with just 10 men.

The Stoke side fought with everything they had, and it was great to see them win 1-0 yesterday, even though that wasn’t a good result for Newcastle.

We feel the Billionaire owners at Eastlands may soon have seen one two many embarrassing defeats of their great players, and may finally replace Mark Hughes.

It was strange to hear the commentators say how great Robinho was when he was doing his flicks and all, but maybe I’m too old fashioned, but he had no real impact on the game.

Anyway, I should really lay off Robinho, since he did work very hard for his side yesterday, to be fair to the lad, who is obviously a gifted player.

We still don’t know what will happen with Given, but if Mark is in any danger of being fired, the powers that be may not want to sanction questionable transfers in the next day.

We wouldn’t mind Shay still being at Newcastle on Tuesday, because we’d have 5 months to persuade him we are definitely on our way forward again  – maybe.    😀

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32 comments so far

  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 1, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #1

    i bet u his the only happy one other then those mercernnaries

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  • BT9MAG

    Feb 1, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Knocking out these articles pretty quickly ed!

    What’s your predictions for today?

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  • toon 86

    Feb 1, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    givens having his medical now.see ya shay youll be back next season when citeh sighn buffon

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  • Alex

    Feb 1, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Trouble now with Shay is what will his mind set be if his move collapses . Having already put a transfer request in ,it would be unfair to Harper to replace him and put Shay back in goals .

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  • Toonkistan

    Feb 1, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    this article is more about Shay’s move and city’s performance ….hehe Go On TOOOOOOONNN

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  • Jarralad

    Feb 1, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    SSN reports Shay having his medical at the moment at Citeh

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  • toon 86

    Feb 1, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    alex he has practically sighned mate

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  • toon 86

    Feb 1, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    doesnt look like were getting any 1 off citeh

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  • Alex

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Wasn’t Shay injured ? that’s what they told us for the citeh game . Wonder if he will pass the medical then 🙂
    Lying B@st@rd$

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  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    I am praying for a win today – however we can do it – Spurs got beat again as did Portsmouth yesterday – so 3 points would be great.
    We’re due a win – that’s for sure.
    Yes – it looks like Given is going.

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  • Bill F

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #11

    He is going to need to improve on his ManC performance. I thought he was a bit statuesque in that game. Time for heroes?

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  • cjcox88

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    given is having a medical at city

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  • Indian toon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    any news on martin shola and smith playing!!!??????

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  • Tony

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    better he goes today than 4.59 pm tomorrow gives us the chance to possibly get some more players

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Time for Steve to step up to the plate and prove how good he is…..great servant and loyalty to the club……true Geordie

    No reason why he cannot push for a place in the England squad in the next year…..would love to see him shine….

    Leaving for the match in 20 minutes……

    Cannot f****** wait…..

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  • Tony

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #16

    i notice the fee is undisclosed normally that means not much

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  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Given having medical with city!!!!!!!!1111

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  • Indian toon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    harper- local
    caroll- local
    taylor-local
    shoal-local
    martins-adopted geordie

    i wonder how many local unwashed players the scum hav!

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #19

    Robbie Keane looks like he is leaving Liverpool…..

    SSN reporting he maybe on his way back to Spurs….

    They will get nowhere near 20 million for him…..

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  • Alex

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #20

    If the fee is undisclosed , it could be that we have a signing lined up and dont want the other club to know how much we are getting , so they up the price of our target .

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #21

    Bellamy and Bridges fees were “undisclosed” initially Tony….

    we will not have let him go for a song…..he still had plenty of time left on his deal….10 million I reckon….

    We will battle our way to victory today…..

    Carroll, Nolan, Butt and Taylor will mix it big time…..

    Ferdinand and Collins will get dominated physically by Andy…..

    Butt and Nolan willl out do Whitehead and Richardson…..

    Bassong will take Jones and Colo will sort Cisse out….

    I am going to stick my neck out here…..the atmosphere is going to be red hot….a seige mentality is started to grow within the fans which is exactly what we need….

    3-0 to the Toon……and I aint been at the medicine cabinet either 😉

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #22

    yes Alex…exactly mate….

    Reet lads….I am off to get my coat….its starting to bloody snow…..

    TOON TOON

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  • Bill F

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #23

    Looks like West Ham want rid of Ashton, don’t suppose for one minute we would put in a bid, pity.

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  • carrol39

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Do you guys honestly think we will get any one else in and if so who,i would love a couple more but would settle for one midfielder

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  • carrol39

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #25

    wish i could get up to game but live in portsmouth only got to two games this season pompey and chelsea,hoping to get to spurs away and pompey at home,your lucky guys living so close to the toon!Wish i was my mates are all pompey and liverpool fans,get so much grief.

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  • ObaMartins

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #26

    ED Wrote >>>>We wouldn’t mind Shay still being at Newcastle on Tuesday, because we’d have 5 months to persuade him we are definitely on our way forward again – maybe ????definitely on our way forward again !!!!!are you getting paid by Ashley to write this CRAP ED or do you live in cloud cuckoo land ?we have gone BACK 10 YEAR

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  • Tony

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #27

    Alex
    point taken

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  • ObaMartins

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #28

    Ps….Harper is also SECOND Class copaired to Shay Given…for crying out loud stop the POOPaganda ED….be HONEST

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  • Bill F

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #29

    Started to snow down here in Essex as well so there must be a huge swathe of it moving in. If we score first I would fancy us for a big win. About time we had a smile from Lady Luck!

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #30

    COME ON THE TOON!

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Harper – an example of loyal player

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #32

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