Steve Harper Pleads To Newcastle Club For New Players


We thought Steve Harper was Man Of The Match last night, because if it was not for him in the first half, even Danny Guthrie’s wonderful strike in the second half wouldn’t have been enough to get us all 3 points.

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Steve Harper – pleads for more players

But in our Man of the March poll yong Nile Ranger has a good 38% of the vote and leading rather easily – poll is still open on our home page.

The longest serving player at the club believes that Newcastle United’s wafer-thin squad must be increased if we are to keep top of the Coca-Cola Championship.

Steve was brilliant last night as somehow Chris Hughton’s injury-hit side till managed to pick up all 34 points agsinst a good looking Leicester City side.

We currently have 10 departures this summer, including Xisco from yesterday, Harper feels the squad sis still not big enough or good enough – and the local lad has today pleaded with the Newcastle upper management to sign up new players today.

As we have found out recently Championship clubs can still sign players on loan up until the end of November, and sign free agents who haven’t found a club before the end of play tonight. That last bit ‘s in the Chronicle today so we assume it’s accurate – we always thought clubs could sign free agents at any time. (?).

Steve Harper is right to be very concerned and he told the Evening Chronicle:

“We’ve worked hard and now we need help from the people upstairs.” “We need reinforcements in key areas.”

“We have lots of midfielders and I’d like to think we are OK for keepers.” “But up front and in the middle of the back four we need reinforcements.”

“We need bodies. We’ve lost 10 players and we’ve got a lot of money in and shaved the wage bill.” “It’s now up to the people upstairs to give us the opportunity to stay at the top of the league.”

Chris Hughton was forced last night to again play 17-year-old Haris Vuckic and 18-year-old Geordie boy Ryan Donaldson, in the 1-0 win over the Foxes. And 6 of the 7 subs were teenagers.

Harper continued:

“It was a fantastic team effort – it was almost a game too far for a wafer-thin squad. You could see that – the lads were flagging late on.”

“But I think you can see that everybody is rowing in the same direction.” “The spirit is there from playing and coach staff. Everybody is looking after each other’s backs.”

“That’s what got us through against Leicester against a very well-organised side.” “ The international break comes at a great time for us as it is a very, very thin squad.”

Let’s hope Ashley does something to help the Newcastle club today – that would be a nice change.

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118 comments so far

  • milburn

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Are you listening Mr Ashley ?

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  • Mark-o

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #2

    34 points last night eh ED? Class, promotion is a cert!!!

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  • Ashley Hole

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Ashley is sleeping…he ate a lot of pizza, i wake him 5:01pm as he wish.

    So please quiet

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  • Mark-o

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Ashley Hole,

    Smother him with a pillow and do us all a favour!

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  • carlmc

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #5

    ed- you must have blisters on your fingers!!!!well 2 n half hours to go before window closes, and its not looking good!!

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  • Stardust

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Well done mike Ashley for getting us to the top of the league, reducing our debts, and investing in youths like Ranger, Vukic and Kadar.

    The deadwood is largely gone, we are on a firm footing, hope you think about staying now you can see real progression.

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  • carlmc

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #7

    stardust-real progression? we are 5 games into a long season,and are in the championship, progression? yea right.

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  • Stardust

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #8

    The cancer has to be cut before one can get better.

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  • Bucks mag

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Rumours of Harewood coming in loan. If true, sounds like a good deal.

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Guys, stop worrying. None of the signings we are going to make need to be done by 5pm. We aren’t going to buy anyone. Lovenkrands will arrive on a free and a couple more are likely to arrive on loan. I predict 3 players in total.

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Make the most of Stardust on this blog.

    He won’t be here cme December because Ashley’s chickens will have come home to roost by then.

    We’ll probably get a points deduction due to not being able to fullfill a fixture due to lack of players!

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  • bill

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Stardust:

    Cut yourself out then.

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  • carlmc

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #13

    oh yeah stardust , but do you trust the surgeon?!! i think not!!

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  • G

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #14

    I will be happy if 5pm passes and there are no more departures. I accept that we will not be spending anything on players, but we can bring in loan signings, fair play, just let 5pm pass and let us still have the likes of StevieT on our books.

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  • boater

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #15

    stardust!? the fact we are top of the league goes against ashley, the sale of (several) non-replaced key players, the fact we have a reluctant caretaker manager, and the uncertainty of a drawn out take-over.

    we are top of the league by virtue of the paucity of the other sides let’s be honest.

    Chopra/ ambrose ineligible? would take them back in a flash.

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  • ToonTonic

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Hey up lads,

    Toons back…At long long last..Been away for a while and had loads to catch up on..And what a day to return eh!

    Really really glad to see us at the top of the league, Quite amazing after everything and the lads look like they have finaly grown some nads!!!

    Well its that day of the year where you have a new F5 button ready to replace the old knackered one…And mines close to falling off! Ed you must be knackered with all these new posts today!

    Anyways, Last night was a great game…real gutsy. Ranger (Gem) was a star but for me it was Harps who kept us in it. So he got my vote. thats not taking nothing away for Taylor, Danny boy, Smudge or ranger who all played really well.

    reet, back to the rumour mill…what a day

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  • NickiesButt1000

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry Ed Ranger was MOM and for you not ‘we’ Harper was your MOM 🙂

    Anyway’s how gutting is it seeing mackem’s 3rd biggest spenders in the prem :'(

    Got a bad feelin and cannit see us signin anyone at the minute like. Bad times

    Top of the League though. Good times

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  • alkinou

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Hope that the bit about loan and free signings is true because otherwise we won’t last all season. I can’t really imagine newcastle buying someone before 5 p.m.
    Hopefully we’ll be able to get some loan/free signings quickly enough to have some breathing space in our squad.

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  • Ericles

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Stardust, please turn the lights out when you leave, but please do not take the light bulbs as we the real fans are going to turn them on again.

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  • carlmc

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #20

    couple of loan signings and a couple free agents is what im hoping for

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  • Ericles

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #21

    We are supposed to be battling for Marlon Harewood’s loan signature.

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  • GvFalkirk

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #22

    The last time there was a transfer-deadline we could se it on a streamlink from skysport where every thing was updated. Is there a link for this now ? Anyone know ?

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  • NickiesButt1000

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #23

    David Craig on SSN in a minute spitting all his $hite! 🙂

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  • bill

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Battling for Marlon Harewood’s signature – how the mighty have fallen!

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  • NickiesButt1000

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #26
  • toonsy

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Just over 2 hours to go. No sign of anyone coming in for a fee. Striking wise we’ve lost Owen, Martins, Viduka, Xisco, Zamblera and now Ameobi, Carroll and Ranger out through injury leaving us with Ryan Donaldson fit!

    Yes were top of the league but we wont be if we have nobody to score goals. We desperately need a striker and a CB, maybe a LB at a push.

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  • NickiesButt1000

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #28

    If yer not in Uk nd want to watch SSN here

    http://www.justin.tv/smbond004

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Does anyone know why Keith Harris is on Sky News tonight?

    It should be to apologise to us!

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  • toonsy

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Stuart79 – I heard he is performing with Orville on a SSN comedy cavalcade 😀

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  • toonsy

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #31

    So……. Lovenkrands and some mystery players then, David Craig talks shite!

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  • WELSHMAG

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #32

    seems like Loven is a done deal, I bet him and Ashley are having it out over a couple of quid or who pays for his train fair from glasgow.

    I recon possibly two more loan signings. I don’t mind Loans as long as they’re for the season and not just till jan.

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  • GvFalkirk

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #33

    thank you

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  • Jan Stavik

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Marlon Harewood?! Oh my god… He’s awful, there MUST be better options out there. Two hours left, I’ve lost the little faith I had for deadline day…

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  • Waddles mullet

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Ashley has just arrived at training groud in his blue helicopter.

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  • repo

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #36

    where is link for ranger injury..

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  • NickiesButt1000

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Our only answer to the striker problem…BECKFORD! Simply won’t happen though 🙁 He’s definatley the next Andy Cole eventhough he’s 26 🙂

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  • ToonRich

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #38

    I’ve just had a text from a mate (so no shooting me!) He was on about us after Harewood, but also mentioned the a £3m bid for Killgallon was a definate goer. :-\

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  • Dan4Toon

    Sep 1, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Stuart79 // Sep 1, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Does anyone know why Keith Harris is on Sky News tonight?

    It should be to apologise to us!

    ___________________________________

    HOW YOU KNOW MATE ?

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 1, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #40

    35 Waddles mullet // Sep 1, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Ashley has just arrived at training groud in his blue helicopter

    That will be to sign off the sales of Smith, Guthrie, Ameobi, Carroll and Taylor.

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