Steve Harper – I Blame Sir Bobby Robson


Steve Harper was signed from his local club Seaham Red Star in the summer of 1993, when he was 18 years old by Kevin Keegan, who was then manager of Newcastle United.

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Steve Harper – been at Newcastle for 20 years

But Steve spent many seasons backing up Shay Given, who played close to 470 games for Newcastle, and we always thought Steve was too good a goalkeeper to be sitting on the bench – and thought he should have left Newcastle to get first team games elsewhere.

Steve could have been a regular first team Premier League goalkeeper at another club, but he didn’t leave and stayed on at Newcastle, but he has revealed that he talked to Bobby Robson many times about his chances of first team football at Newcastle.

This is what Steve said in the Daily Mirror today:.

“I probably blame Sir Bobby, to be honest,” “I remember rapping on his door many a time and asking for a move and he said: ‘I need you, Shay might get injured.'”

“He had that persuasive, lovable thing where you might enter the room like a bear with a sore head and leave it giving him a hug!”

“At this club, the people – the fans and everyone – know if you’ve put the shift in, day in day out, and given your all out on the pitch,” “They’ll back you to the hilt.”

“It’s a great club to play for but it can be a difficult club to play for. It can be a heavy shirt, the Newcastle shirt, and you need to stand up and be counted.”

Steve will play his last game for Newcastle on Sunday afternoon – and we think it’s the 199th time he will have played for the Tyneside club.

There’s going to be a minute’s applause for Steve in the 37th minute of the game on Sunday – that’s his number – and it will be in appreciation of Steve’s 20 years at the club and all he’s done for Newcastle.

Please pass this on to those attending the game on Sunday – thanks.

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208 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    May 17, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    True pro. Good luck to him whatever he does.

    Was sad listening to him on BBC newcastle’s total sport last night, almost regretting his decision to stay and thinking what could have been.

    If he’d have gone he would have a lot of england caps by now I feel.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    AgreTS, it was a strange thing to do with his football career – not many choose that option, if any. H also lost out on a lot of cash I’m sure. I hope NUFC can find a role for him in the club.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    You makes your choices … he’s been very well paid.

    Thanks for lots of great saves. Good luck in the future.

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  • TorqToon

    May 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Sage – A colleague just called me and made reference to us finally having a manager who knows how to win things. He told me that we have approached Benitez and have offered him a deal from start of next season?!

    Don’t hear much about all that over here but was wondering if anything is doing the rounds back home?

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #5

    munster

    I just think his loyalty is very admirable but something I wish he didn’t have as much of purely for his own career, but he’s been great for us. Be nice finishing at home on 199 games.

    He says he will keep his options open playing wise, managing or TV work. Talk of him managing hartlepool, would be great to see him give it a go.

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  • croftus5678

    May 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6

    @2 munster

    yep goalkeeping coach would be perfect for him and us imo as theres no one more loyal and passionate and a bit of that rubbing off on one or 2 can only be a good thing.

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  • Byker Boy

    May 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Surely a testimonial match should be arranged for this man in the near future for his loyalty to our club.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    torq

    either last week or the week before I had heard the same from my pal at the club, said benitez’s agent had been in to talk and depending on us staying up would be interested.

    Benitez has already expressed his desire to stay in the country (not ruled out moving away though) but also said he would take a building job which makes me think he has had contact with us as that’s exactly what the club say we are.

    I’d love him here, is he the best manager in the world? no…but he is probably in the highest bracket we can attract currently so would be nice.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 17, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    My hope for the summer

    We sack pardew, bring in a manager and a few good players
    Have a decent preseason
    Australia bet England 5-0 in the ashes

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 17, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    croftus

    he was saying last night he has 2 weeks in the summer then he has his UEFA A license finished so might be looking for more than just a coaching role. But the offer should be there to keep him in the club in some way.

    Byker

    He needs testimonial….be a true disaster if he doesn’t get one. there was talk they wouldn’t do it pre season as ashley wants to use the stadium for other clubs to have friendlies in to make money….if true that’s disgusting. But just rumour.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #11

    indian

    why do you support he aussies over england? and to think I thought you were a good guy haha

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  • Phatoon

    May 17, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s a shame we can’t give Harper a “pay as you play” contract. Give him 1 cup game to get his 200th, then he can leave.

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  • TorqToon

    May 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Sage – wow! That’s pretty impressive mate! When he told me I kind of assumed it was all rubbish but it could possibly have something to it!!!

    He would truly bring a whole level of excitement to this club! He is a born winner, disliked (even now!) by a section of his own ckub supporters, I reckon he woukd do very well at this club!

    Just hope it comes to fruition!

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    TS

    LAst 2 ashes series have been good in ENG, hope for a good one again.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15

    torq

    it would be good, might have a few gems from the spanish market too, no doubt he has contacts over in la liga too and with their financial trouble might stap up a couple of michu’s.

    phatoon

    It’s a shame he never got 200, but 199 is kind of more memorable I think. He also said he hasn’t been asked to lead the team out against arsenal but he isn’t bothered, said he would be delighted for colo to captain him in his last game as he has a lot of respect and love for the guy.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #16

    indian

    dhawan done much in the ipl? not watched any of it. I know he was injured to start with.

    And yeh i hope for a close series….a 5-0 to england would be good but boring.

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  • toonincheek

    May 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Benitez would want a good contract with NO GET-OUT clause unless he was fully paid for the full duration.
    I really cant see MAshley accepting that.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Off subject.

    Does anyone know what’s happening at Brighton with Poyet?

    I can understand the board getting upset about his BBC interview but it was straight after the C Palace playoff defeat. He was loyal (and wise) not going to Reading.
    Why suspend his assistant and coach too? They didn’t do an interview. There must be a lot more to this story.

    Hope the Rafa story is true. Rafa’s in a good position atm and might be the target of bigger spending clubs (club’s with better owners than ours).

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  • stuart no9

    May 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #19

    for me on sunday it is going to be strange feeling watching the game.
    I havew always wanted pardew sacked,
    Lately i have been given the impression he is going to be given the chance to carry on- depending on results, maybe given untill xmas- i want him sacked before then, so i was hoping a 6-0 drubbing at home off arsenal would do the trick, untill last weeks events at QPR when harps came on late in the 2nd half. The thought of seeing stevie concede 6 at home in his last game against arsenal would be such a cruel way for a legend to bow out – i hope he plays a blinder and gets man of match award and gets the praise he desrves- however i want pards sacked , its going to be a n emotionally strange and sad day – whatever happens !

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  • proudtobageordie

    May 17, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #20

    Torq,

    I heard that a couple of weeks ago as well and it all stemmed on us staying up and the big man also approached jose’s reps as well??

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #21

    TS

    He has been doing okay, his side play today and have an outside chance of getting into top 4

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #22

    Indian – at least it will be played fairly between two great sporting nations. (No players taking bribes for spot betting).

    India’s the new Pakistan …

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  • Spellcheck

    May 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #23

    So,tell me. What has Captain Collo been doing 2 cause his ‘family problems’????

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  • croftus5678

    May 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #24

    i have mixed emotions here tbh

    not a good season prem wise for me so a point against pards
    squads got better so a point to pards

    would love a new manager in but would it be a new manager every season and half or 2 seasons as a hell of a lot of managers are like this!

    pards had a half decent 1st season a great second season and a very poor 3rd season but good managers seem to go through this stage before they wake up and start doing well ! so part of me wants to see if pards can turn it around and if he can do well next season then maybe its the start of good things to come and not having to worry about changing managers all the time.

    i personally would gamble half a season on it i think and allways keepone eye on availible managers to be lined up if it doesnt work.

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  • TorqToon

    May 17, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #25

    Proud – Good to speak to you, sir! How are you? Any latest info I might’ve missed out on you telling?

    Would love rafa at the club, (mourinho too Of course!!!)

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #26

    If Benitez became manager would he bring Ba back

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #27

    Hatem’s better than Messi

    You have heard the name of Mervyn Westfield

    And yes what those 3 (if proven) did was shamefull

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #28

    since this will be his 199th, i almost feel that we should give him the opening game of next season, so he gets to 200, and then give him his send off

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #29

    croftus5678

    For pardew it has been 12-15 years.

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  • proudtobageordie

    May 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Torq

    Im fine mate, a bit jet lagged as just got back from turkey 0400hrs. Not a lot apart from PEA being our No 1 target for the summer but will that all change iff Rafa arrives? Anything happening your side of the pond

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  • TorqToon

    May 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #31

    Charlie – Wouldnt see me object to that! Love the bloke!

    Think I was in a minority who didn’t take pleasure in seeing Ba boo’ed and have his nose broken back in January.

    Very very good pro who still keeps the club in high regard!

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  • croftus5678

    May 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #32

    @29 indian

    aye i know what your saying but thats at different teams that have allways got rid after the second season.

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  • AndyNUFC

    May 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #33

    http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/wigan-athletic/news/mcmanaman-to-miss-u21-euros_84737.html

    Just in case you hadn’t heard, funny how things work out!

    Haidara, though a seemingly sensible and nice guy, was probably chuckling at the thought mr “next best thing/thug” wouldn’t be able to play for 3 months!

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  • TorqToon

    May 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #34

    Proud – Hear much the same regards PEA and how groundwork was done in early Feb,

    Also confirmed interest in Sakho whether Colo leaves or not. And heard that we are in advanced talks with Liverpool re AC.

    Interest in Remy is high, but would depend on his attitude and final decision would come down to Ashley as he took what happened in January as a very personal insult.

    Also couple of highly rated ligue 2 players have been watched several times this past month or so.

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  • Goodfella

    May 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #35

    So the dictator Alex Ferguson has admitted he used to pressure refs to get his own way, I for one can’t wait till Sunday when he’s gone.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #36

    Indian

    He played for Essex and blames Kaneria (Pakistan) for pressuring him.

    I don’t get your point. Back to football.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #37

    Torq
    I would have him back at a drop of a hat
    Maybe bring Torres with him

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  • proudtobageordie

    May 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #38

    Torq
    Yea pretty much the same as i know but the AC one will happen iff Pard’s stays not to sure he is a Rafa type of player do you?

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #39

    The Remy rape allegations should put Ashley off.
    We don’t need to be associated with him if this goes to trial

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #40

    Torq

    Do we have any chance of signing

    Lucas oscampos

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