Steve Harper had a good solid game in his 199th and last appearance for Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon, but we’re sure he would have been solid, if he had been playing in the first team these last two seasons.
A tearful Steve Harper – a last farewell to the club he loves
But Tim Krul came through two seasons ago to take over the number one position from Steve, who has always acted as a first class professional and has been a great servant of Newcastle United for the last 20 years.
This is what Steve had to say about the club he’s served since being signed at 18 years of age from Seaham Red Star in the summer of 1993 by Kevin Keegan:
“It’s an incredible football club and I will miss the intensity,” “It is the city, the football club. It’s 24/7.” “The Newcastle United shirt is a heavy shirt to wear as we have seen over the years, certainly over my time here.”
“Very good players have struggled at this club with the responsibility of wearing it. That is what it can do to you. But it is an amazing club to play for if you can handle it.” “I said to the lads in the dressing room afterwards, ‘That’s what you get if you give your all’.”
“That’s all they want to see.” “I will be honest enough to say I have not got half the ability of some of them in that dressing room, but I have given it my all and that is the response you get for that.”
Steve makes an excellent point because on Sunday Newcastle not only played well but it was clear every single player gave 100% in the game against Arsenal – and with a bit of luck at the right time – Newcastle could have won the game 1-0.
And the Newcastle fans stayed with the team right through the game, and after when the lads took their lap of honor, to bring to an end a terrible season in the Premier League.
And after 37 minutes – Steve’s number, there was applause from the crowd in honor of the loyal goalkeeper, and Steve was finding it difficult, as the emotions stated to come through.
But he’s a top class professional, and gave another good display in the Newcastle goal – and here’s an experienced goalkeeper available for a side say in the Championship – who may be pushing for promotion next season.
Steve could help them do just that, just as he helped Newcastle get promotion three years ago, when we got a massive 102 points.
We thank Steve for a great career at Newcastle, and being such a loyal and dedicated player over the years.
He’s been a great credit to the club for 20 years.
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