Harper – Relegation Is Now Ancient History


It seems that in-form Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has come to terms with our relegation of last May, and wants to bring the good times back to St.James’ Park and get the club promoted next May, at the first attempt.

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Steve Harper – relegation is ancient history

With Newcastle top of the league right now, and going into a tough match at Cardiff City on Sunday, it appears they may have convinced themselves and the fans, that promotion is a distinct possibility for the club next May.

Harper talked about the agony of relegation and said:

“That’s gone. We can’t do anything about that –- it’s history, ancient history now.”

“We have to forget about all of that, and do everything we can to get back into the Premier League.”

“That’s the attitude going into all the games, including Cardiff.”

“That’s what everybody in the dressing room, and the coaching staff, are working hard on, and the people upstairs are to bring in new faces.”

Harper is the longest-serving player at St James’ Park, having joined in 1993, and is now one of the group of players who took it upon themselves to form  unofficial player committee, to help Chris and Colin, during the pre-season.

That group consists of club captain Nicky Butt, Steve Harper, Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, and Joey Barton.  It’s a little surprise that Joey is in there, but he’s a leader (and talker) on Tyneside, and his job this season is to put that into action on the pitch.

We have to hope he can curb his destructive tendencies, foe the good of the club, not to mention himself, and we think he can do that – we hope he can do that.

Striker Michael Chopra, who was on Newcastle’s books as a teenager and was even expected at one to eclipse Alan Shearer as a great Newcastle striker is in the Cardiff team on Sunday.

Michael failed to impress at Sunderland last season in  the Premier league. but has made a great start to the season with 8 goals already.

Michael could well pose the biggest goal threat to Harper’s 4 clean sheets in a row, and no doubt the defenders will be well aware of him on Sunday.

Steve continued:

“I played with Chops a lot, and he’ll be desperate to score.”

“He’s doing really well. He still comes to our games – he was at the Sheff Wed game. But for us, this is another league game.”

“I don’t think he’s ever had a run at a team in the Premier League. He’s always been in and out.”

“When he’s been at Cardiff in his two stints, though, he plays week-in, week-out. That can only be good for confidence.”

“We’ve exchanged a few phone calls and texts.”

The Cardiff City game will be a good test of our ability to keep winning games, as the Welsh side is now 3rd top, and another win by the Magpies will send those spririts a little bit higher on Tyneside come Sunday night.

Howay The Lads!!



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14 comments so far

  • Ourman

    Sep 10, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Let’s not get carried away but I propose some new (tongue in cheek) tunes to reflect our new status:

    Alan Smith,
    Alan Smith.
    Alan Alan Smith.
    He’s got no tricks,
    But he shakes his fist.
    Alan Alan Smith

    Nicky Butt
    Nicky Butt
    Nicky Nicky Butt
    He’s passed his best
    But not worse than the rest
    Nicky Nicky Butt

    Shola
    Shola
    Shola Ameobi
    Not quite top flight
    But not utter shite
    Shola Ameobi

    Stevie Harper
    Stevie Harper
    Stevie Stevie Harper
    He’s no Shay
    But at least he’ll stay
    Stevie Steve Harper

    Joey Barton
    Joey Barton
    Joey Joey Barton
    If he wasn’t a crim
    Someone would’ve signed him
    Joey Joey Barton

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 10, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #2

    don’t think its ancient history that would mean we were down since the dark ages to the late bronze age, its now, the present, lets not forget, and maybe we wont make the same mistakes again. and go about thing with a fire in our belly and a determination to put this sorry mess right.

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  • premier

    Sep 10, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Ancient history Fizzy pop!!–Does he mean Villa lol

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  • lesh

    Sep 10, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Rather than think about matters speculative, the world of reality reports that Hughton’s been named manager of the month!

    Congratulations to him and he really does deserve it!

    Now then Mr Manager of the Month, let’s see you get the lads to do the biz at Cardiff and give them a real possing!!!

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  • Tino 11

    Sep 10, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #6

    @ Lesh

    Usually when someone gets manager of the month the team lose the next game! Let’s hope we continue to buck the trend now we are in the fizzy pop league.

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  • DevonMag

    Sep 10, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Hughton’s been named manager of the month Ed, article perhaps?

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  • DevonMag

    Sep 10, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Ah, got there first Lesh, well in!

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  • Tino 11

    Sep 10, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Ok, i’ll bet Ed will have Hughton manager of the month article by 1.05pm.

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  • lesh

    Sep 10, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Agree with Tino 11 @6, Hughton and the lads have exceeded expectations so far, so yes his award calls for bucking the trend of losing after a MoM award.

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  • Tino 11

    Sep 10, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #11

    That injury is really slowing Ed down! 🙂

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  • magpie_poo

    Sep 10, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #12

    why are we so rubbish guys we are never going to be as good as man city.
    i think this start to the season is just a fluke i think we shall become another club cast out from the premiership that cannt find its way back. we need investors but who would invest in a club in our position.

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 10, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #13

    magpie_poo Catch a grip lad

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  • Lew Davies

    Sep 10, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #14

    MP – SMB 🙁

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