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Steve Harper
Steve Harper.jpg
Personal information
Full name Stephen Alan Harper
Place of birth Easington, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Newcastle United
Number 1
Youth career
1992–1993 Seaham Red Star
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993– Newcastle United 124 (0)
1995 Bradford City (loan) 1 (0)
1996 Gateshead (loan) 12 (0)
1997 Stockport County (loan) 0 (0)
1997 Hartlepool United (loan) 15 (0)
1997–1998 Huddersfield Town (loan) 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:17, 17 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

"I hadn't played for a while ... you're walking along shaking hands and you're thinking 'That's Pavel Nedvěd and that's Del Piero' and there's the Champions League music blaring."

Steve Harper[1]
Harper in April 2008, during one of his extended runs in the first team.

Stephen Alan "Steve" Harper (born 14 March 1975) is an English footballer. He plays for Coca-Cola Championship club Newcastle United as a goalkeeper.

After sixteen years at Newcastle and twelve seasons playing as a backup to Shay Given, Harper is now the first choice goalkeeper.

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Biography

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Early life

Harper grew up in the mining village of Easington, County Durham. He was interested in football from a young age and was a supporter of Liverpool, with goalkeeper Bruce Grobelaar being his idol.[2] Anfield was the first football ground he went to, where he watched Liverpool win a match 2–0 in the 1982–83 season. Harper attended Easington Comprehensive School.[3] He was offered a place at the University of Liverpool.[2]

Career

In 1993 he was signed by Newcastle United from his local club Seaham Red Star, for a nominal fee.

Seen as back-up to regular starter Pavel Srníček, later Shaka Hislop and then Shay Given, he has had loan spells at Bradford City, Gateshead, Stockport County, Hartlepool United and Huddersfield Town, and after 15 and a half years has finally established himself as first choice goalkeeper for Newcastle, due to the departure of Shay Given to Manchester City.

Harper has came close to dislodging Given on numerous occasions, most notably in the 1998–1999 season. Harper played in the 1999 FA Cup Final, when Newcastle lost 2–0 to Manchester United. Manager at the time Ruud Gullit appeared to see Harper worthy of playing over Given. However at the start of the 1999–2000 season, Gullit resigned and Harper again became second choice goalkeeper, although he did enjoy another brief period of first team action for part of the 1999–2000 season when Given was injured. When Given returned from injury Harper was once again used as the back-up goalkeeper.

In 2002 he made several appearances in the UEFA Champions League, most notably against Juventus. The match was played at St James' Park and Harper managed to keep a clean sheet during a 1–0 win over the Italian champions.[4] The victory helped Newcastle qualify from the group stages of the tournament. Harper has handed in a transfer request in his time with Newcastle, citing lack of regular first team football as his reason (something which Given also did when Harper kept him out of the team under Gullit). He has been linked with moves to West Bromwich Albion,[5] Celtic,[6] Watford,[7] Rangers,[8] and Liverpool[9] in his time with Newcastle, though none of these moves were finalised.

He again expressed his desire to achieve first team football in June 2006,[10] an act which saw then manager Glenn Roeder attempt to persuade Harper to remain with the club. This appeared to work as he signed a new contract to keep him at St. James' Park until June 2009.[11] An injury to Given early in the 2006–07 season gave Harper another chance to prove his worth in the first team. However, he did not have the best start to first team action, as Newcastle lost 2–0 to Liverpool on 20 September 2006 in what was Harper's first league start for 15 months.[1] The second goal, a 65 yard lob from Xabi Alonso, saw Harper slip whilst backpedaling to reach it, although he did still attempt to get up and stop it. Despite this setback Harper gave some excellent performances in the season. One particular moment was his wonderful save against Manchester City in early November. Harper also received another run in the first team after a third injury to Given later that season, the highlight of this would be keeping a clean sheet against Chelsea, a feat only matched by two other keepers that season. This was the first season Harper played consecutive league matches since 2001.[1]

On 26 July 2007, Harper came on as a substitute against Celtic in a friendly match and played as a striker.[12] Harper continued as Newcastle's goalkeeper at the beginning of the 2007–08 season under the then new boss Sam Allardyce. Given struggling with a groin injury and rookie Tim Krul on loan at Falkirk, meant that Harper was able to start the first 6 Premiership games, keeping 2 clean sheets. However he lost his place again when Given was fit, though another injury to Given later in the season allowed Harper to gain more first team appearances under the new boss, and the manager who first brought him to Newcastle, Kevin Keegan. After a series of good performances, Harper was once again linked with a transfer away from Newcastle. Liverpool expressed an interest in signing him as backup to first choice goalkeeper José Manuel Reina.[9] Keegan reacted to this by stating his intentions to keep Harper,[13] and acknowledging his record of conceding just once in seven and a half hours of play.[14]

Harper signed a new contract in January 2009, keeping him at the club until 2012, his 19th year at the club.[15] During the transfer window of the same month, Newcastle's first choice goalkeeper Shay Given moved to Manchester City, elevating Harper's position within the club and so after nearly 16 years Steve Harper was finally first choice goalkeeper at 35 years old. Harper has repaid the management's faith in him by putting in some fine match performances including several world-class saves and has been the best goalkeeper in the Championship so far, conceding a mere 12 goals in his first 22 games (including a solitary goal in his first six).

Harper made his 50th consecutive league start for Newcastle on March 6, 2010 in the 6-1 win over Barnsley. This was the most appearances he'd ever made in a row in his entire career.

Career Statistics

Club[16]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1993–94 Newcastle United Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
1994–95 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995–96
Bradford City (loan) Division Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0
1996–97 Newcastle United Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gateshead (loan) Football Conference 12 0 0 0 - 12 0
Stockport County (loan) Division Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
1997–98 Newcastle United Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hartlepool United (loan) Division Three 15 0 0 0 0 0 - 15 0
Huddersfield Town (loan) Division One 24 0 2 0 0 0 - 26 0
1998–99 Newcastle United Premier League 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
1999–2000 18 0 4 0 1 0 6 0 29 0
2000–01 5 0 2 0 3 0 - 10 0
2001–02 0 0 0 0 3 0 - 3 0
2002–03 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 0
2003–04 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
2004–05 2 0 2 0 1 0 3 0 8 0
2005–06 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2006–07 18 0 0 0 2 0 5 0 25 0
2007–08 21 0 0 0 0 0 - 21 0
2008–09 16 0 0 0 0 0 - 16 0
2009–10 Championship 36 0 0 0 0 0 - 36 0
Newcastle United Total 124 0 10 0 12 0 18 0 164 0
Total 176 0 12 0 12 0 18 0 218 0
  • Stats accurate as at 20:17, 17 March 2010.

Honours

With Newcastle:

Outside football

Harper is also a Football Association-approved referee, one of the few professional footballers to have earned their referee's licence. This was subject to analysis during Sky Sports News' Respect The Ref campaign, where appointing former footballers as referees was seen as a way to increase the respect shown to referees on the pitch. Harper is considering becoming a referee when he retires from playing.[1]

He has a social sciences degree from the Open University, for which he studied whilst playing for the Newcastle reserve team. Harper also enjoys reading,[2] as well as golf, which he plays with former Newcastle United teammate Alan Shearer.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Steve Harper moving to whistleblowing". Times Online. 2007-10-28. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/newcastle/article2753862.ece. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "Slip shunts Harper back into limelight". guardian.co.uk. 2006-09-23. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2006/sep/23/sport.comment2. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Boyd shooting for the stars". The Northern Echo. 2004-05-15. http://archive.thenorthernecho.co.uk/2004/5/15/52247.html. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Newcastle edge out Juventus". BBC Sport. 2002-10-23. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/champions_league/2349169.stm. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  5. ^ "Leeds Considering Milner Offer". Sky Sports. 2003-01-27. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_2303987,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  6. ^ "Bhoys chase Harper". Sky Sports. 2003-05-30. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_2284488,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Hornets eye Harper". Sky Sports. 2001-01-30. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_2237968,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  8. ^ "Robson keen to keep Harper". Sky Sports. 2001-06-25. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_2236183,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  9. ^ a b "Newcastle set to rebuff Liverpool offer for Harper". The Guardian. 2008-04-29. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/apr/29/newcastleunited.liverpool. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  10. ^ "Harper admits frustration". Sky Sports. 2006-06-12. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_2380004,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  11. ^ "Harper Signs Contract Extension". Newcastle United. 2006-06-15. http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~895636,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  12. ^ "Men Against Bhoys". nufc.co.uk. 2007-07-26. http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1079538,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  13. ^ "Keegan keen to keep Harper". Sky Sports. 2008-04-29. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_3493786,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  14. ^ "KK Salutes Super Stopper Steve". nufc.co.uk. 2008-05-11. http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1310746,00.html. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  15. ^ "Harper handed new deal". Sky Sports. 2009-01-27. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_4856278,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  16. ^ "Steve Harper Career Stats". Soccerbase. 28 December 2009. http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=3278. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 

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