Steve Harper

Where is Steve Harper now?

Newcastle United’s longest-serving player Steve Harper finally hung up his gloves in 2016 at the age of 41, after a season as back-up keeper at North-East rivals Sunderland.

Although he was not always first-choice keeper during his time at St James Park, he still amassed over 150 league appearances during his 20-year career at the club.


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A qualified referee, upon retiring from playing Harper spent time as a Premier League referee assessor.

Whilst studying for his coaching badges he made a return to former club Newcastle United to work within their academy as a goalkeeper coach for the under-9’s to under 16-year-olds.

He was then promoted to lead academy goalkeeping coach for the under-18’s and under-23’s sides before reluctantly leaving in May 2019 because of the time commitments.

He made a return to the club later that year in his current role as a first-team coach and link between the senior side and the academy.

Since March 2019 he has also been working as a goalkeeping coach for the Northern Ireland national side.

Away from football Harper graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University’s Masters of Sport Directorship (MSD) in July 2019 and occasionally works within the media as a pundit and analyst for the likes of BBC North East Look North and talkSPORT.

He also co-owns Oddballs which is an underwear company that aims to raise awareness of testicular cancer.

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Steve Harper: Premier League Statistics

Clean Sheets24
Yellow Cards1
Red Cards0
Premier League Teams Played forHull City, Newcastle United

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