The really good news about Steve Harper’s testimonial last night is that the Newcastle United Foundation, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Great North Children’s Hospital will benefit from the big sums of money that were raised on a night when Steve Harper at times found it difficult to control his emotions.
An emotional Steve Harper last night
And the man who joined Newcastle in 1993 and gave up a place at University to become a PE teacher, had this to say after the events of last night:
“They have come along to see some of the greats of the modern era, and they saw all of them. It was great for everyone to be out there and I’m humbled by the turn out in my dressing room, the AC Milan dressing room and most of all by the supporters – we had a real celebration of the 20 years.”
“We brought the kick-off forward to 7pm so people could bring their kids along and cut the prices to £10 so everyone would buy into it. We made it quite clear at the start when the proposal was made that every penny would be put into those magnificent charities in the North East.”
“By the fans’ incredible response with tickets, the good share of the bar takings, the auction and the bits we’ll no doubt put on eBay later we will raise a fantastic amount.” “I just have to say thank you to everyone – I’m absolutely humbled by it and they have really shown what this tremendous football club is really all about.”
Steve Harper represents the top professional – a player who gave his all for the club, even though he was second choice a lot to Shay Given, and then later in his career to a young Tim Krul.
But fans recognize the commitment of Steve to his home town club – and we just hope he can return to Newcastle in the future as a coach, or in some other capacity.
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