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.