On Sunday, it’s going to be a fairy tale ending to the Newcastle career of Steve Harper, who will play his last game for Newcastle against Arsenal at St. James’ Park.
Steve Harper – 20 years at Newcastle – phenomenal loyalty
It seems that Steve will now not make the 200 appearances at Newcastle as it seems he has played 1908 times for the Newcastle first team, and Sunday’s will be his 199th and final appearance for the club he joined in 1993, when Kevin Keegan was manager.
Steve has a lot of credibility with the fans – and he has come out today and said the reports of a split in the camp, first reported in the Daily Telegraph, were far from true.
This is what he said to Sport Direct News today:
“It has been a difficult season with injuries. It is the away form that has been the difficult part of it. Compared to last year that is where the points have been dropped.”
“When you have two bad results at home like that – the Sunderland and Liverpool defeats – the knives are going to be out, that comes with the territory. I think too many times in the past this club has bought good players that weren’t good characters.”
“But now there is a lot more homework going into recruitment, we are not just buying good players, we are buying good people as well.”
Steve will be remembered most for the Championship winning side of 2010, when the club was so brilliantly managed by Chris Hughton and we came roaring back into the Premier League with a massive 102 points and 30 wins that season.
Newcastle can finish off the season in some style on Sunday – which was hard to even imagine some weeks ago when were struggling against relegation.
But the relief from the 2-1 win at QPR last Sunday was huge, and maybe Newcastle can surprise us all and finish with a win against Arsenal on Sunday in front of another sold out crowd – otherwise it will be the second worst season ever for Newcastle In the Premier League.
3 points would be a great ending to what has been a terrible Premier League season.
Note – there’s going to be a minute’s applause for Steve Harper in the 37th minute of the game on Sunday – that’s his number – and it’s in appreciation of Steve’s 20 years at the club and all he’s done for Newcastle – so please pass this on to those attending the game on Sunday.
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