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 Harper 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 who used to take charge of Sunday League games whilst still an active player, Harper has gone onto become a Premier League referee assessor in retirement.

Staying in the region in which he grew up, Harper was appointed as an ambassador for the Northumberland FA in November 2016.

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 when he was appointed as a first team coach to act as a link between the first team and the academy.

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

Having completed his coaching badges, Harper also graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University’s Masters of Sport Directorship (MSD) in July 2019.

Harper also works within the media as a pundit and analyst for the likes of BBC North East Look North and talkSPORT.

Away from football he co-owns Oddballs which is an underwear company that aims to raise awareness of testicular cancer and he is also a director of online clothing store Capology.

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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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