Steve Harper will have his testimonial game against an AC Milan side on Wednesday night at St. James’ Park, and Steve is raising money for the Newcastle United Foundation, the Great North Children’s Hospital and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
A tearful Steve Harper after the Arsenal game in May
And it seems it’;s going to be some night on Wednesday with the ticket sales nearing 40,000.
Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Peter Beardsley, Andy Cole, Faustino Asprilla, David Ginola and Joey Barton will be in a Newcastle side, while the Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio will be on the opposing side with players like Franco Baresi and the great Paolo Maldini, one of the best defenders to ever play the game.
This is what Steve said in the local papers today, and also refers to Hull Cit’s visit on the 21st of this month:
“It’s going to be a contrasting 10 days,” “September 11th is hopefully going to be a very special night.” “I know there’ll be a full house on the 21st when Hull come up here.”
“It’s going to be strange coming out of the tunnel and turning left.” “Knowing the Newcastle fans as well as I do, I’ll probably get a decent reception beforehand for the warm-up, and as soon as I touch the ball I’ll get slaughtered! I wouldn’t expect anything less.”
“To see the likes of Shearer, Cole, Beardsley, Ferdinand and Ginola back will be fantastic,” “Pavel Srnicek’s coming back. He was a hero of mine.” “They’ll be against Baresi, Maldini and so on – it’ll be a very special night.”
“Every single penny will go to those fantastic local causes.” “It would be fantastic if the people of the region buy into it and bring their kids to see some of the best players to have played for this football club.”
“I have to thank the fans’ group for putting it forward to the club, and the club for granting me this incredible opportunity.” “I had that incredible send-off against Arsenal which me and my family will never forget.”
“It’s important people realise this game is not about me – it’s about using my time served here to hopefully raise a lot of money for some of the fantastic facilities we’re fortunate to have on our doorstep.”
It’s indicative of Steve that he deflects things from being about himself, but he’s right that the game is for some excellent local charities – and that’s always a good thing.
Tickets for this charity match are on sale from the Newcastle web-site at £10 for adults and £5 for children and concessions – you can get the tickets here.
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