Harper Still Has The Mental Scars Of Relegation

Steve Harper, who was born in nearby Easington, has talked today about the pain of relegation last May 24th at Aston Villa.

Steve Harper – mental scars of relegation are still there

Harper is currently Newcastle’s longest serving player, having joined the club way back in 1993 when Kevin Keegan was the manager, and the last time Newcastle  were promoted to the Premiership.

And now that promotion has been secured at the very first attempt, it is easier to talk about last season’s disastrous relegation.

Steve talked about it today:

“The memories from Villa Park last May, when we were relegated are still pretty vivid, but this more than makes up for it.”

“Last year was desperately disappointing but we’re back up now. The mental scars are still there, of course.”

“I’ll never forget that, it’s something as a player you can never forget. It’s a motivation, I’m sure there’s a lot of players in the dressing room who have used it as that to achieve what we have.”

Newcastle still have lots of  players who  were at the club last season, and maybe they can use that terrible experience to the club’s advantage when we return to the Premiership in August.

One thing they can do is to fight and battle it out during the games, which we hardly ever did last season with our overpaid and pampered players, who when the going got tough – simply disappeared.

That’s just one reason we are hoping the lads will be able to hold their own in the world’s top football league next season – we are quietly confident they can – but we know it will be tough – and are taking nothing for granted.

Comments welcome.

2 comments so far

  • Timmers

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    As per can’t keep up Ed.
    On the note of transfers i like speculating, i admit it. But in the last 2 transfer windows i have never seen anyone on this blog correctly name someone we have brought in.
    I know there are players we’d like and realistically we should go for but they’ll be mentioned and we’ll get some one from “left field”
    Id like O’Hara, and look at the england under 23’s i mean Aston Villa for any players we could poach. Also i would begrudgingly buy a slightly older player like Hunt to assist. On the flip side being over opptimistic Joe Cole! Out of contract and the end of the season, i keep badgering my mate about him as there good friends but when he phones my mate he refuses to listen as i just keep shouting “quit chelsea” so he has to leave the room

  • komfort

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #2

    stevie harper – a top lad & a top keeper…of course it was gateshead that rescued his career in the mid 90’s when they took him on loan..



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