Crazy Little Thing Called Newcastle

Steve Harper has been at Newcastle since 1993 and he thinks he could write a best-seller about goings-on during his time on Tyneside – we don’t doubt that one little bit.


Steve Harper – been at Newcastle 13 seasons

Steve’s had 18 different first team managers during his time at St James’ Park but is saying he will not be putting pen to paper yet.

Harper, who is now 34, said:

“I will resist the urge to write a book, although I think I would sell more copies than JK Rowling.” “It is a basket case of a club. Newcastle is either top of the mountain or bottom of the trenches. There is no middle ground.”

“We’re either going to win the Champions League or go into the Conference. That’s the way this place is. It’s been like this for a long time.”

“After 17 years I STILL haven’t got my head around the way it works – and I don’t think I ever will. This place is as mad as you want but I love being here.”

After perhaps the worst 12 months in the club’s history, at least as far as board room incompetence goes,  (and that’s saying something), principally by owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek LLambias, both of whom are clueless – the good start to the season has given fans and players alike, some hope.

Harper added:

“The more you win the less you will hear of the bad side of the club. This club is an easy target and has been for a long time. It is up to us to change that.”

“We have a bunch of players who want to prove people wrong. We have been shot at and puked at that often and for that long that we now have a group who want to show what they can do.”

“The players want to shut the doubters up. There were people who made it clear they didn’t want to be here and play in this league. That’s up to them.”

“We don’t hold anything against them. It was important we knew as a group of players who wanted to be here and who was up for the challenge and the fight. You’ll see that.”

“If we add a couple of players then we can have a right go at getting back in the Premier League. If we don’t get any more then it will be very tough.”

The really worrying thing for progress this season, is that the dynamic duo are still here, and as long as that is the case, it is always possible they will dream something up – again – that gets in the way of the playing side of things.

Until Ashley sells the club and leaves Newcastle, we will always have that doubt that success is really going to be possible this season.

With top 6 challengers WBA, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, Leicester City and Preston all having won yesterday, Newcastle are now 3rd top and will need to beat Cardiff today to remain top of the Championship.

We’ll have to wait and see if they can keep up their early good form.

18 comments so far

  • Shah

    Sep 13, 2009 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle gettin relegated hopefully could be a blessin in disguise If we get promoted back. Young players like Carrol, Ranger, Lua Lua, Kadar & now Vuckic are now in the squad & can now develop as 1st team players, whereas if we were in the premier league they wouldnt have even been in the squad.

  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 13, 2009 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Shah, why the fook do we even want Vuckic, Ranger as first teamers? We want to be in the premier league. As much as we knocked Big Sam, he bloody knows how to keep a team in the premier league.

  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 13, 2009 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Shah, why the hell do we even want Vuckic, Ranger as first teamers? We want to be in the premier league. As much as we knocked Big Sam, he damn knows how to keep a team in the premier league.

  • baro

    Sep 13, 2009 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #4

    AndyNUFC i dare u 2 say y do we need Vuckic in ayear or a couple of months. We dont have Real Madrid CHelsea AC milan going after our first team members do we??

  • Shah

    Sep 13, 2009 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Andy what im trying to say is that we have to look to the future. I forgot to mention other youngsters like Enrique & S.Taylor & Guthrie who can be an example to likes of Kadar & Lua Lua, we could have an amazing squad in a year or two . Things can only improve to be honest, And Vuckic is apparently amazing in training, remember C.Ronaldo was only 17 when he started playing for Man Utd.

  • Rodzilla

    Sep 13, 2009 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #6

    ….there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home……..there’s no place like home…….

  • R2-D2

    Sep 13, 2009 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #7

    …pork-roll, egg and cheese, if you please.

  • R2-D2

    Sep 13, 2009 at 3:11 AM

    Comment #8

    aye aye aye – sharpen yer boots, an bludgeon yer aye.

  • R2-D2

    Sep 13, 2009 at 3:25 AM

    Comment #9

    gaddda weezle mah pleezl, gadda pleezl ma weeuzl.

  • R2-D2

    Sep 13, 2009 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #10
  • R2-D2

    Sep 13, 2009 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #11

    C3P0 told me NEVER to rub salt into biscuits

  • workyticket

    Sep 13, 2009 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #12

    The radgie’s back.

  • Ketsbaia

    Sep 13, 2009 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Big Sam signed Geremi and made him captain. He also signed Mark Viduka, Cacapa, and Alan Smith all on ridiculous wages. To top it all off he gave us Joey Barton. I think it can safely be said that his tenure was a complete disaster. He is an idiot with a big mouth who likes to tell everyone that he is far better than he actually is. Firing him was one decision that Ashley has made that was correct.

  • neeraj

    Sep 13, 2009 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #14


    to be fair to big sam he took bolton ( championship side to uefa cup twic)
    saved blackburn last season
    won the league with notts county in march-still a record

    and with us got us to our best starts in years

    the only problem with his reign was he bought too many african players and we started to fall as soon as african nation cup started with our main players leaving……

    geremi, cacapa, smith, faye are his kind of players who play good long ball game…..
    criticize his game as much as you can, but we would have still been in prem league if he wouldn’t have got the sack

  • Nick D

    Sep 13, 2009 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #15


    We were on the road to nowhere with Alardyce. Bloody awful football and I watch footbal for entertainment otherwise there isn’ much point.

    If you want to watch an Allardyce type side you go and watch rugby league, cos it sure aint got nothing to do with football. If the limit of your ambition is watching a bunch of has beens lump it every week and yes ok stay in the premiership, then I think that’s extremely sad to be honest.

    Some people just can’t stand youngsters like Krul, Ranger and Vuksic breaking through. i would suggest that’s your problem, deal with it and stop being such a monumental negative loser.

  • Ericles

    Sep 13, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #16

    No doubt it would be a good and informative read. What library classification though? Horror fact? Fantasy fact? Psychopathology section? Crime and murder? According to the NOTW rag Hughton has been told he is in charge until the end of the season. If this blurb is true it has some implications and I am not wanting to decry Chris for the good start so far. The story means Ashley is not selling which means no other owners who will appoint Shearer. It means we get by with loan players until at least January. I just hope we keep injuries and yellow cards to a minimum and do not wear out our promising youngsters too soon. Fingers crossed – it is the Sunday press after all.

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 13, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #17

    I am still steadying my hand before picking up my morning cuppa after the mention of Big Sam in this blog. Oh, how short the memories of us mortals be…. We were slipping and a sliding towards a relegation struggle, playing abject, dull and entirely ineffective football, when KK came on board. And even he took a few games (until we crushed Spurs away) to turn it back round.

    I know KK has his detractors, but I only wish that whole August ’08 transfer fiasco could have been avoided. Under KK we still would have been in the Prem (Kev doesn’t do relegation), and I’m certain the youngsters would be by now champing at the bit to be in a side playing entertaining, attacking football instead of waiting to be drafted in because of injuries to the skeleton crew…

    However, what our wage bill would have been I wouldn’t like to guess! You pays yer money, you takes yer choice, I suppose, eh, Mike? As for a book, Steve, I’m thinking a Tolkienesque saga….

    ‘In a land far , far away, where the cold north wind blew all year round and the hardy subjects wore their smocks open, even in the biting snow, stood a curious temple on the hill minded by a still more curious assembly of high priests called football directors…’

    (or was that Noggin the Nog?)

  • Ericles

    Sep 13, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Spot on Jinkygenius. I just hope Fat Freddie is not the ghost writer!


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