Harper: Newcastle fans' tribute had me wobbling

Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper thanked fans for their tribute during defeat to Arsenal.

In the 37th minute, in recognition of his last squad number, the 38-year-old was treated to a momentous and unexpected ovation from home fans.

Harper said: "Everybody started clapping and a couple of the lads looked around to see if I was all right and I was wobbling. Then I saw my dad in the tunnel — he was a miner for 30 years who is supposed to be as hard as nails — and he was wobbling, and that got to me.

"But then Lukas Podolski smashed the ball in the family allowance and that soon snapped me out of it."

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