Over 50,000 Attend Steve Harper Testimonial


There was just an amazing turnout for Steve Harper’s testimonial tonight at St. James Park, where the official attendance was 50,793.

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AC Milan Glorie line up before the testimonial game tonight

The match was between the Newcastle Legends side and an AC Milan Glorie side, with Milan finally winning on a penalty shoot out 2-1, after the game finished with no score on either side.

It’s a tribute to Steve Harper, the Newcastle fans and the legendary players on display,  that the game attracted such a fantastic crowd- and all in aid of local charities too.

This game marked 20 years of loyal service at Newcastle for Steve Harper, who joined the club back in 1993 when the great Kevin Keegan was manager, and Steve made 199 appearances for the Magpies.

Andy Cole hit the post, and Lee Bowyer, Nolberto Solano, Tino Asprilla and Paul Kitson also went close for the legends side.

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For Milan,  the incomparable Paolo Maldini, as well as Maurizio Ganz and Christian Lantignotti also went close for the Italians.

But it was some night for the Newcastle fans, who witnessed some of the great players of the past – and it was a fitting tribute to Steve Harper, and his 20 years of loyal service at Newcastle United.

It would be great to see Steve Harper back on Tyneside in the future as a coach at Newcastle.

Take a walk down memory lane, and just look at some of the former greats who were on display tonight.

Teams:

Newcastle United Legends: (4-4-2): Steve Harper (Shay Given 25, Pavel Srnicek 60); Nolberto Solano (Steve Watson 52, Steve Stone 72), Darren Peacock (Brian Kilcline 52, Olivier Bernard 73), Nikos Dabizas, John Beresford (Alessandro Pistone 35); Ruel Fox (Keith Gillespie 35, Paul Kitson 67), Lee Bowyer (Joey Barton 60), Rob Lee (Nicky Butt 35, Kevin Nolan 60, Ed Speed 75), David Ginola (Scott Sellars 52, Alan Thompson 67); Alan Shearer (Peter Beardsley 46, Tommy Speed 75), Les Ferdinand (Faustino Asprila 20, Andrew Cole 46)
Subs not used: n/a

AC Milan Glorie: Sebastiano Rossi (Massimo Taibi 41); Giuseppe Pancaro (Pietro Vierchowod 51), Giuseppe Favalli, Franco Baresi (Roberto Mussi 42), Paolo Maldini; Massimo Oddo (Ibrahim Ba 51), Alessandro Costacurta, Mark Van Bommel (Roberto Lorenzini 79), Gianluigi Lentini (Daniele Massaro 51); Paolo Di Canio, Maurizio Ganz (Christian Lantignotti 41)
Sub not used: Angelo Carbone

Attendance: 50,793



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93 comments so far

  • toonking

    Sep 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #1

    please come back your the players football deserves not mercenaries

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #2

    @Le_Danny0: It hurts, but Harper said it best… #NUFC #ThanksHarper http://t.co/ZbB8qXxSUS

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #3

    @MagFansNZ: Got to hand it to Di Canio for turning out tonight and playing the pantomime villain role so well.

    Fair play to Di Canio
    People jumping on Barton …….. Ffs it was staged Di Canio was loving his role as the panto villain and Barton was loving his role as being part of the toon again

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  • CDEVINE69

    Sep 11, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #4

    and joey barton snapped di canio. biggest cheer of the night

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  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Have to take my hat off to Di Canio for him playing. From what I’ve heard he played bloody brilliantly by all accounts.

    What happened with Barton and him, like?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #6

    @lstewie14: Great photo of two legends! #NUFC #NUFCLegends http://t.co/oEP3tw97ZZ

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Thump
    By all accounts Di Canio should make himself player manager!

    Between him n Joey was nothing both got up and shook hands was simply playing the crowd mate
    @TaylorandBesty: That tackle. http://t.co/K4TzSJQZk8

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  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #8

    @toonarmydownsouth: Hahaha no surprise at it being staged. Look at Di Canio’s face, man! Never seen anybody look so happy to be taken out.

    Have to say, reading through the Chronicle’s live updates made me nostalgic and a little bit excited. Had a few mates who were at the game and they said it was the best atmosphere they’ve heard in the stadium in years. So, why excited? Hopefully because that’ll make people realise what we can have. Harper said it best, the fans feel disconnected. Once Ashley goes we can have something to sing about. And sing we bloody well shall!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Thump
    Exactly mate, was the most staged act since shearers pen in his testimonial!!
    Stevie Harps has summed it up brilliantly, disconnected
    Being part of this club always felt like being part of one big mental family
    I’ve said it countless times, yes we probably have had worse owners in terms of investment but none have ever made the club more soulless than Ashley
    Very much doubt he was there tonight, 50,000 fans who want him gone along with 30 odd players pulling on black and white who can see the clubs suffering

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  • martoon

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #10

    My son has just got back from the match and though it pained him to say it he said Di Canio was the best player on the pitch.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Thump
    Although I will say its not just Mr Ashley who could of learnt a thing or two about the pride and passion that runs through SJP tonight….

    Pardew should of made every player attend that game to see what this club and its servants mean to the the toon, hopefully they were all there…and hopefully cabaye was taking notes

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  • toonking

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #12

    if I were to compare out current 11 to that one the only players I could say can keep their place from our current team would be HBA and colo the rest I would rather have gone back in time and collected a legend

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  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t worry about Cabaye. He’s here until January so he’ll do what he has to do.

    I do hope they brought the French players in just to see what they can do. Sellars, Fox were never the most skilled players but they always did their jobs and we loved them as a result. Harper did an amazing job with setting it all up. Chuffed that it went so well.

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Can anyone provide the link to the interview/article where Harper said those words? Not just the image of Harper with the words pasted on.

    Would be really interesting to hear his views a bit more.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #15

    @robbieelliott3: Couldn’t of got a bet on @Joey7Barton tonight #comehomelad

    @27StevenTaylor: Great to see @Joey7Barton back in a black and white shirt making a tackle on the 5under1and manger. #whatatackle

    See it’s all just banter
    The players certainly enjoyed it, just a few uptight idiots getting on at Barton

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Sir Braveheart
    Ed done 2 articles on both parts of his interview there only 3 or 4 topics back

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Thump
    Harps deserves a medal mate talk about putting on an event!
    All money to charity and got speeds boys on the pitch

    Still can’t see the logic in letting him go!

    Your right cabs is here til jan and will playing for the shop window/world cup but still could learn a thing or two about class and professionalism

    Just a side note, anyone know why the lads weren’t wearing an official kit, have a feeling but be nice if someone knew

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #19

    @GetFootballNews: IMAGE: Emmanuel Frimpong posts his version of the FIFA 14 case. This is class!! Some players may not be too happy.. http://t.co/6Ll6Gnr3x8

    Lol

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  • outsidethebox

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #20

    good night all round …nice to see young speedos get a good reception …rob lee and nicos dabizas top for toon while paulo di canio and baresi best for ac ..shame clattenberg couldn,t let a few offsides go though…

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Outside
    Yeah but if he does it a couple of times for tino then cisse will expect it every week 😉

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #22

    @nufcfans: VIDEO: Boos for Di Canio. He’s loving it. > http://t.co/acFB7uMDH3 #NUFC

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Great evening brilliant send off great to see some older (rounder) legends step out in to the pitch again. Also the send off Barton and Nolan were never granted and upsettingly a mention for Di Canio he was great on the pitch and brave for showing up…but scared of Barton by the end haha

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Great night up at st James’

    Di canio looked the best Milan player on the pitch, he played to the crowd and took it all well. Barton caught him late, very soft and Barton even said before the game he’d get him…totally staged and one for the crowd.

    Seeing all those makes you realise how lucky we were to see these lads turn out every week for us.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Oh and Speeds lads coming on was fantastic classy thing to do and they weren’t half bad against some old dogs

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Wwsbrd

    Brilliant night wasn’t it.

    I’d take Barton and Nolan back right now. Both good players and play with passion, something I feel we lack

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Sage
    Oh aye brilliant

    And agreed mate I still don’t think we should of let either leave when we did but that’s the past now, they got a good send off like Harper did this evening and I think they more than deserved it

    Shame Harper couldn’t play the full game though but seeing Given again and Pav isn’t a bad thing

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #28

    TADS

    I think that there’s a right way and a wrong way to speak out about the club. Anyone involved with the club and who loves the club needs to consider that. Comments can harm the club as well as help. I thought Harper’s were very well judged and of course he deserves his say today of all days.

    I don’t think comments by Barton, Shearer or Elliott have been very helpful though. The first two are obviously bitter towards MA and Elliott just seems a little dumb! 🙂

    I know it could be argued that they’ve earned their rights to comment (especially Shearer), but their timing isn’t always helpful and their skills were on the pitch and in the dressing room.

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  • jammylambo

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #29

    just got back. i tell you walk guys. paulo di canio was an absolute gentleman tonight . he played the villain very well and he applauded when necessary . apart from the fact he was the best player on the pitch tonight .

    after seeing him play tonight i think ive seen why the mackems will do shit with him as manager.

    when a player of thers screws up in training , he can easily grab te ball and show them how its done. that cant be good for confidence.

    fair play to the man.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #30

    WWSBRD / Sage
    Proper gutted couldn’t be there
    The atmosphere seemed electric harps looked overwhelmed and there were some truly all time greats stepping out tonight!

    The whole Barton / Di Canio thing was all panto as you say, can’t get why some people can’t get that?
    Also what was with the Pro Evo kits? 🙂

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  • fatman

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #31

    I went over tonight and i was turned away i was gutted after everything i had to do to get there, i will donate the ticket price to booby’s fund, i bet not many would be thick enough to put themselves through what i did, stupid really i did the same for Joe Harvey testimonial and ended up in hospital for three weeks as a result, i idolized Joe i probably would have adopted him as my dad, i could not count how many times i have said never again, my bloody neck arms and hands are burning, i woke up after about 2 seconds and was aware of them putting the breathing tube in the closing my eye lids and taping the, and its a scary thing when you think your about to be operated on awake, as i was paralyzed could not breath or move. scary but thankfully i have no recollection of any more but i did tell them what they were talking about and they went whiter than me. i should write a book madness of a toon fan

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Wwsbrd

    Only thing if have done differently is let harper be in goal for the penalty shoot out…sure he had the choice though so guess he didn’t want it.

    And yeh they were brilliant. Both understood the passion and put in so much effort, had a never say for attitude and fought to the end. Could never see the current lot coming back from 4-0 down to arsenal or even trying too.

    Hope the new boys do well this year though and pull their fingers out. Think as a collective everyone from top to bottom under achieved last year, more than just the manager…tonight will have shown them how much they will be remembered if they give us years of good service.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Gotta give respect to Di Canio for playing the role of pantomime villain with aplomb. And Barton fulfilled his role too. Excellent!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Tads

    It was fantastic. True club legend. Sacrificed a lot of games and probable England caps to play for his boyhood club.

    Everything about tonight showed me the club can still do things the right way and be truly classy. Absolutely magnificent night.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #35

    TDS
    Couldn’t disagree with you more and tbh the way you see the club seems to be very calculated
    Perhaps what you perceive as poor judgement by others is simply there passion and love something they hold in high regard

    It has nothing to do with earning the right to speak out, everyone has right and the ex managers and players speaking out against Ashley stem much further than Shearer Barton and Elliott, all of which still have connections within the club and know what’s happening behind the scenes, I’d say there much better placed to comment and no I won’t perceive there passion as stupidity……..at least they have some

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #36

    TDS

    Yeh do canio did a good job tonight. Class player and played the role in good humour. Kept taking throws and corners to let people boo him haha.

    Think tonight will show our players how truly special this club is. If this doesn’t get Ashley caught up in toon fever nothing will haha

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #37

    toonarmydownsouth
    I was in the Gallowgate and Harps started in goal in front of us and he was gesturing for us to stop singing “there’s only in Stevie Harper” because he was getting emotional… We sang louder haha as good of am atmosphere as I have been at in St James in a long time

    Aye was all just for show though Barton did go through him haha I’ve not seen any one complaining about it though has that been the response like?

    Sage
    They’d both be kicking some backside in our current squad I’ve no doubt about that. And I hope ur right and the current squad see how we wil back them if they deserve it

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Yo
    Just a few tits on twitter not really understanding the banter!!
    Honestly so made up for harps, the lad put his all into this club and put his all into organising tonight and deserved every minute of it!

    Was also great hearing nikos dabizas getting introduced at SJP again! Loved that guy!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Tads

    My favourite night up there for many a year. Missed shearers do but glad I got this one

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #40

    TADS

    I just think with the modern media (Internet, Twitter etc.) that people have to be more careful of what they say in public.

    I don’t confuse love and passion with bad judgement, quote often they are very closely related!

    I’m not suggesting for a second that they have ill intentions towards the club, quite the opposite, but the best thing for the club isn’t always going on the attack against the things that are wrong.

    It’s not that I’m satisfied with the situation, but yeah, you could say I’m calculated. I was a lot more emotional when we went down, but this sh*t has been dragging on for so long, I just want what is best for the club.

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