More than 50,000 fans turned out for current Tigers goalkeeper Steve Harper in Newcastle last night.
Harper was on Tyneside for a charity game organised to mark the 20 years he spent with Newcastle United and was greeted by a near-capacity crowd at St James’ Park.
A team of Newcastle legends, led by Harper, took on a team of AC Milan legends and fittingly for a game played in honour of a goalkeeper, it ended 0-0 with Milan eventually triumphing 2-1 in a penalty shoot-out, with Harper one of four United men to miss from the spot.
Proceeds from the game, which also featured former Tiger Nolberto Solano, will be split between three charities chosen by Harper – The Great North Children’s Hospital, Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Newcastle United Foundation.
Harper will be back at St James’ Park on 21st September when Hull City take on the Magpies.