Steve Harper

Steve Harper

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Stephen Alan "Steve" Harper (born 14 March 1975) is an English footballer. He plays for Premier League 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 of Newcastle United and the club's current longest serving player.

Biography

Early life

Harper grew up in the mining village of Easington, County Durham and studied Sport at the East Durham College. He was interested in football from a young age and was a supporter of Liverpool, with goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar being his idol. 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. He was offered a place at Liverpool John Moores University.

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 first-choice goalkeeper Pavel Srníček after his arrival at Newcastle, and then Shaka Hislop and subsequently Shay Given; he had loan spells at Bradford City, Gateshead, Stockport County, Hartlepool United and Huddersfield Town before making his first-team debut in 1999.

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