Steve Harper


Name: Steve Harper
Squad number: 37
Nationality: English
Born: 14th March, 1975, Easington
Height: 187cm (6ft 1.5ins)
Weight: 93.8kg
Previous clubs: Seaham Red Star (youth), Bradford City (loan), Gateshead (loan), Stockport County (loan), Hartlepool United (loan), Huddersfield Town (loan), Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)
Signed: July 1993, from Seaham Red Star
Newcastle United debut: 28th November, 1998 v Wimbledon (home), Premier League
Position: Goalkeeper



Newcastle United's current longest serving player by some stretch, Steve Harper moved to Newcastle United from non-league Seaham Red Star as an 18-year-old way back in July 1993.


However it took more than five years for his first team debut to come in November 1998, as the Magpies faced Wimbledon in the Premier League. Prior to his bow, Harper had been out on loan to Bradford City, Hartlepool United and Huddersfield Town.


The Easington-born goalkeeper played in the 1999 FA Cup final against Manchester United in what was only his tenth senior match, and then began the following season as first choice stopper.


However, the emergence of Shay Given meant Harper's appearances became limited over the next few seasons, although he captained Newcastle for the first time in their Carling Cup match against West Bromwich Albion in October 2003.


Harper passed the 100-game mark for United during 2007/08 and took over as the Club's number one when Given left for Manchester City in February 2009. He went 501 minutes without conceding during the 2009/10 Championship-winning season, and is in the Magpies' record books for keeping the most clean-sheets in a season - 21 - passing Willie McFaul's previous individual best.