Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper recovering ‘well’ after stroke | Newcastle United

Former Newcastle goalkeeper and current academy director Steve Harper is recovering “well” in hospital after suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

According to the club, the 48-year-old was awake again on Monday after his illness. A subarachnoid hemorrhage is a rare type of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain.

“The club are pleased to report that Steve is awake and recovering well in hospital,” read a statement. “Steve, his family and everyone at Newcastle United extend our heartfelt thanks to the NHS staff for the incredible care he is receiving.”

Harper is the longest-serving player in Newcastle history, having spent 20 years at St James’ Park between 1993 and 2013. He then acted as goalkeeping coach at the academy and worked with the first team before being appointed full-time academy director in 2021.

The club added: “Steve will have the club’s full support while he recovers. Everyone associated with Newcastle United sends their best wishes to Steve and his family as he continues his recovery.”

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