Newcastle United kept their 19th clean sheet of the season last night and set a club record following Tuesday’s 1-0 win at Doncaster.
Steve Harper – a terrific first season as Newcastle number one
Steve turned 35 on March 14th, and has been at the Newcastle club since 1993, when Kevin Keegan signed him from Seaham Red Star.
Steve has started every single league game this season, and will now go down in Newcastle United history as the goalkeeper who had most clean sheets during a season.
Chris Hughton was reminded of the record after the game, and he had some good words to say about his goalkeeper, Chris Hughton:
“I must say that I’m delighted for Steve Harper,”
“We’ve had to chop and change the back four this season but Steve has been a consistent member.”
“That is testament to his season because he has been outstanding.”
“Of course, it’s been a team effort, but Steve’s the one I’m most delighted for.”
Steve Harper has now appeared 166 times for Newcastle, and has a total of 220 first class appearances, including 54 appearances while on loan at other clubs during his formative years.
It’s not very often in recent times that Newcastle have had such a solid defense, and it can be something the club can build on, if indeed we get promoted back to the Premiership in May.
With Tamas Kadar continuing to look the part whenever the 20 year-old plays for Newcastle, we probably only need a top class full-back in the summer to further strengthen this very solid and capable Newcastle defense.