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