Number 37 - Your time isn't up just yet.

By Lee Ryder on May 16, 13 11:51 AM

When Steve Harper was handed the chance of a farewell game in front of a full house against Arsenal in a game that will be watched by a worldwide audience - it was almost as if it was written in the stars for the long-serving stopper.

And even if it did come at the expense of Rob Elliot after his red card at QPR, the chances are deep down the former Charlton Athletic man won't begrudge Harper a fond send off he will probably never forget.

Harper has seen it all down the years at Newcastle but fans or journalists don't always see the other side of life at the club.


For instance, they don't see the blood, sweat and tears at the training ground or the extra work that certain professionals put in to up their game.

For Steve Harper, the extra work he has afforded to some his younger keepers also shouldn't be dismissed.

The reality of the situation is that Newcastle United are parting company with 20 years of experience when Harper walks out of the door for one last time.

Nothing lasts forever in football but the truth is that another club will benefit from that next season and not Newcastle whether we're talking about playing or coaching.

For now, United fans get the chance to raise the roof for Harper in what will be an emotional send off against the Gunners.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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