Steve Harper Great Role Model For Krul And Forster

There’s nobody knows what it’s like being a second choice goalkeeper than Steve Harper.

Steve Harper – big challenge this pre-season

And Steve will hold that experience in good stead when he fights it out with Tim Krul and Fraser Forster this summer, when Alan Pardew has to decide who will be Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper for next season.

But whoever wins the jersey, you can bet the Steve will be as professional as ever, and do all he can to help the two youngsters, as he’s always done.

Ever since Steve was signed by Kevin Keegan back in 1993, he’s been loyal to Newcastle, when a lot of us thought he could be a Premier League goalkeeper away from Newcastle.

Of course Shay Given was just an outstanding goalkeeper for Newcastle United over 12 years, and Steve didn’t get too many first team games during that time.

This is what Harper told the local Newcastle press today:

“The manager, once we were safe, wanted to put Tim in and have a look at him, and I had no problem with that,”

“He did very well, and I had no problem with him playing, as I had to get my knee right and come back firing on all cylinders in pre-season because the two young lads behind me are champing at the bit and ready to take the jersey from me.”

“Every season it gets harder. Fraser did very well at Celtic, which is a massive club with similar crowds to here, and the expectations there will have done him the world of good.”

“Tim ended the season in the team, and played 20 Premier League games. He’ll want to add to that tally next year and get more games in.”

“Every season the managers always said nobody’s No1 – it’s up to you to convince me in pre-season who deserves the shirt, and I’m sure it’ll be no different this time.”

“We can have a right go next season,” “It’s the consistency we’ve got to look for. At the start of the season, people said it would be our home form that kept us in the division, but we won five games away from home.”

“If we can get a few valuable additions, I’m sure we’ll be able to turn St James’s Park back into a fortress. We might get the home wins into double figures, and still pick up the away wins.”

“We could start looking upwards rather than over our shoulders.”

Steve is one of the leaders at Newcastle, and one of the good guys too, and we often think he would make a great coach for Newcastle once he hangs up his gloves.

Harper has 191 first team appearances for the Magpies, and Steve is also a Football Association-approved referee, and is one of the few professional footballers to have ever earned their referee’s license.

Steve has also used his time off from football to improve his education, and has a social sciences degree from the Open University.

He’s a great role model for not only Tim and Fraser, but for all the youngsters at Newcastle, and is currently the longest serving Newcastle player, having been at the Tyneside club for 18 years.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • jackdnufc

    Jun 27, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #1

    As much as I love Steve’s commitment and attitude, this is Tim’s season to claim the No. 1 shirt, for me.

  • Nathaaan

    Jun 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #2

    nearly 20 years with 1 club thats true commitment! Hopefully he stays on at the club when he retires and becomes a coach 😀

  • ToonTiote

    Jun 27, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Got to agree as much as a love Harps you gotta look at future and we have 2 great young keepers coming through with Tim and Fraser who will be No.1 who knows Tim has the edge with been in great form for us at end of season and AP really likes him but not a fan of his kicking hahaha and Fraser great season with Celtic and a big keeper who Pardew said will get a fair crack at the whip and come end of pre season he will decide and then Harps stand out keeper been here for years loves the club was No.2 to Given for years and years great keeper aswel getting on but still great keeper and can see this been Harps last season been 1st choice or 2nd or 3rd then he will become a goalkeeper coach thats just me thou but deffo got 3 top talented keepers.

  • gorskino10

    Jun 27, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #4

    DEFENTLY deserves a coaching role at the club 🙂 Just not sure about him being no1 i have tones of respect for Harps but he looks very suspect in goal, And its only because of his age affecting his reaction speed, and getting down to hte ground speed.
    Which Timmy can do, and did at ManU for example.

  • simon/nufc

    Jun 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #5

    They don’t cum loyaler than steve harper a true professional we hve 3 good keepers

  • Angryman jammydodger crusher

    Jun 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Get rid!


    Jun 27, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #7

    definitly kruls year

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 27, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #8

    I think he is one of the best second goal keeper cause not only he can keep the ball away from goal he also have the patience to Sit out he can become a very good goal keeping coach after retiring from goal keeping duty

  • gorskino10

    Jun 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #9

    “I have spoken with Gervinho and he wants to play for Arsenal next season,” Seydoux told RMC. “This is clear but now we must get an agreement between the two clubs.
    “We have maintained contact but still the Londoners have not presented us with a formal offer.

    So Arsenal havent even made a formal offer yet? If things go quiet we should quickly bid for him.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #10

    if it’s loyalty then yes harper is a good role model and a good professional. BUT we need krul to learn from the best we can, Harper is an average keeper. Wish him all the best but there was a good reason Given kept him on the bench for so long and it wasn’t just Given staying fit. Krul has the potential to be very good. Lets not waste that.

  • Bobtoon

    Jun 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Ok while I agree and believe harper should be kept on as a coach after retirement, people on here (mainly Ed himself) rant on about players staying at clubs to just warm the bench and pick up wages, now I know he loves the club but harper has been warming the bench for 18 years! If he had a bit of ambition he could have played for England.

  • Nathaaan

    Jun 27, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Bobtoon – I think he has handed in a transfer request before because he didn’t want to sit on the bench but then got persuaded to stay


    Jun 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #13

    gorskin surely ur as sick as i am with gervinho enough said.

  • Bobtoon

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Nathaaan like I say fair dues to him for his loyalty, just smacks of double standards from some people, but I have met harps and think he is a top bloke and has been a great servant to the club

  • toonroyal

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #15

    why is it taking so long to complete the erdinc deal aswell as the supposedely barnetta deal? weeks have gone since we were “closing in” on deals but nothing has been seen or heard about it

  • gorskino10

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #16


    True but most of it was just rumour rubbish, we didnt put any offers in etc.. and wasnt able to speak to the player that was just rumours from the Papers, He never said he didnt wanna come here just Arsenal would be more prefered as they are in CL, Which i understand.

    If things go cold as Arsenal are trying to get Mata/Alverez etc.. they may not push for Gervinho yet but Lille want this done so they can buy a replacement, if Arsenal sort of pull out and it looks like he will stay at Lille we could offer in and hopefully get him.
    No doubting he has a huge ammont of talent, and i would welcome him to the club.

  • DarloGeordie

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Steve Harper imo is a toon legend he has given his all everytime when called upon, he is loyal and is also a great role model for young up and coming goalkeepers across the North East. Unfortunately his days as our number 1 are running out…

    There are teams in the EPL who would die for our situation in the sense that we have a lot of choice and talent in the goalkeeping area.

    Also Ed just noticed the banner and that pic of Cabbage just looks wrong, everyone in the playing strip and then Cabaye with his big lugs sticking out in his suit haha… Keep up the good work though Ed mate and get well soon matey

  • davybtoon

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #18

    see diego says he wants to play in the premier league we shud defo b trying to sign him

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #19

    From SSN Rumours:

    “Just heard from the same source that told me that alan pardew was going to be manager 5 days before ch was sacked that taarabt is to have medical this week along with hazard from lille and wait for it cardozo from benfica heard it here first guys”

  • davybtoon

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #20

    nufc rich well that wud b amazing if it happened even one of those players wud b amazing

  • Tom1664

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Cardozo’s 28, so I doubt he’d be coming. Hazard? There’s no way that Lille would let him go without trying to spark a bidding war, especially after they lost Cabaye for peanuts.

  • Bobtoon

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #22


    We can only dream mate! 🙂

  • Tom1664

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #23

    I’d take Chinedu Obasi from Hoffenheim though – tall, pacy nigerian striker capable of playing on the right wing and an ex-team mate of Ba – opinions anyone?

  • OttersPocket

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #24

    If anyone believes we woulld get Hazard then they are stupid (no offence)
    1. He would cost upwards of £20m
    2. If he were to leave he would have the choice of any club he wanted in Europe
    3. Wake Up!!!!!!

  • davybtoon

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #25

    diego 26 from wolfsburg imaging a midfield n strike force like this


  • @tom1664 23

    I suggested Chinedu Obasi as a back up option if Gervinho deal didnt go through, didnt get much response on the forum though….

    He is also a Striker/Winger and still young.


    Fake Rumour. Hazard has stated he would like to stay at Lille, on top of that there are a bunch of Top clubs around the world after him. Newcastle have a better chance of re-signing Judas for a fee of 5mill then capturing Eden Hazard.

  • on the blog* not forum… lol

  • Tom1664

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Didn’t Diego leave Juve to go back to Germany because he was homesick/had family problems? Also, he cost Wolfsburg 15 million…

  • @Tom1664

    Another lad From hoffenheim that i reckon we should atleast ask about is Vedad Ibiševi?

  • Tom1664

    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Revolution – don’t know all that much about him if I’m being brutally honest, although frankly any striker’s probably going to be an improvement on what we’ve got!

  • Apart from Ba ofcourse, afterall we dont know how he will do in his second season in the EPL, but with his overall Goals per Game Ratio, he definetly looks like one of the best bargains of the season!

  • On a side note, With 3 Bargain buys so far, i reckon the club have a good chance of winning 2011/2012 Bargain of the Season Award.

    We should have won it last year, if not for That Devil, Chicharito.

  • toonLYF

    Jun 27, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #33

    alternate harper and krul (krul more), put forster out on loan as i still dont think he’s proved himself like krul has, playing for celtic in the spl, hardly a tough job for a goalkeeper?


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