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Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper has become the latest Magpie legend to be immortalised at St James Metro station.

Harper, who has been with United 17 years, had his handprints permanently cast at the station, putting him alongside famous names including Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Bob Moncur, Malcolm Macdonald, Shay Given and the late Sir Bobby Robson.

Steve Harper said: "It's a real honour to be joining such illustrious company at the St James Metro Station.With both Shay and I in the same goal, the likes of Alan and Malcolm will find it tough to score!

I think the Magpie Mover is terrific value for our fans and is a quick, efficient and easy way to travel."

Harper's place in the Metro station's hall of fame comes as public transport operators and NUFC cut the price of a Magpie Mover ticket - used by thousands of fans to get to games by bus and Metro.

Magpie Mover, which is available exclusively to season ticket holders and gives unlimited travel three hours either side of every Newcastle United home game, will cost just £10 this year.

NUFC and Network One have cut the price for a whole season's travel as part of a campaign to encourage more sustainable travel to and from matches.

John Conroy, Chairman of Network One said:"Travelling by public transport is a great way to get to the Match, and with the price of the Magpie Mover being cut to £10.00 this Season it is even better value."

Simon Esland, Head of Customer Operations at Newcastle United said: "Magpie Mover is very popular with our supporters and we are pleased to support an initiative that encourages supporters to leave their cars at home and use public transport to get to and from matches."

Magpie Mover forms part of the new Altoonative Travel campaign, which will provide fans with information on how to get to St James Park. The campaign is managed by Newcastle City Council on behalf of NUFC, and transport operators. Some of the new schemes which will be launched in the coming weeks include car sharing facility for fans, pay by phone at car parks in the city centre, and cycle parking provision in and around St James Park.