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Newcastle give update after legend Steve Harper is rushed to hospital

Newcastle United give an update after it was confirmed that legend Steve Harper is rushed to hospital following a medical emergency.

The Premier League club’s academy director Steve Harper, 48, is said to be “awake and recovering well” after suffering a stroke on Monday.

They add that he suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage, which the NHS website states is an uncommon type of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain and can be fatal.


Newcastle United is sending love and best wishes to Steve Harper and his family after the club’s Academy director suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage on Monday.

The club is pleased to report that Steve is awake and recovering well in hospital.

Steve, his family and everyone at Newcastle United extends a heartfelt thank you to NHS staff for the incredible care he is receiving.

Steve is the longest-serving player in club history after spending 20 years as a goalkeeper at St. James’ Park between 1993-2013.

After serving as a goalkeeper coach at Newcastle United’s Academy and working with the first team, he was named full-time Academy director in 2021 and has continued to enhance the club’s talent pathway.

Steve will be given the club’s full support as he recovers.

Everyone connected with Newcastle United sends their best wishes to Steve and his family as he continues his recuperation.


A subarachnoid haemorrhage is an uncommon type of stroke which can be caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain, deemed a very serious condition which also can be fatal.

Symptoms of a subarachnoid haemorrhage

There are usually no warning signs, but a subarachnoid haemorrhage sometimes happens during physical effort or straining, such as coughing, going to the toilet, lifting something heavy or having sex.

The main symptoms of a subarachnoid haemorrhage include:

– a sudden severe headache unlike anything you’ve experienced before
a stiff neck
– feeling and being sick
– sensitivity to light (photophobia)
– blurred or double vision
– stroke-like symptoms – such as slurred speech and weakness on one side of the body
– loss of consciousness or convulsions (uncontrollable shaking)

A subarachnoid haemorrhage is a medical emergency. Dial 999 immediately and request for an ambulance if you or someone in your care has these symptoms.

A person with a suspected subarachnoid haemorrhage should have a CT scan in hospital to check for signs of bleeding around the brain.

If a diagnosis of subarachnoid haemorrhage is confirmed or strongly suspected, you’re likely to be transferred to a specialist neurosciences unit.

Medicine is usually be given to help prevent short-term complications, and a procedure to repair the source of the bleeding may be carried out.

Twitter users sent their support as Newcastle give an update after legend Steve Harper is rushed to hospital…

@kendallrowanx: Get well soon Harps!! ❤️

@ToeKneesTweets: Awful, but if you’re going to have one Newcastle is one of the best places in the world to have it. Some of the best Neuro care in the world and they saved my Dad’s life (twice). Get well soon Steve..

@ryanadsett: Oh that’s awful, all the very best 💙

@CfcBluey: Speedy recovery Steve ❤️

@Barry76Ritchie: Speedy Recovery ❤️‍🩹 and get well soon!! YNWA!! ❤️

@Clairehenda16: Such a shock to read this. Get well soon Steve and sending love to all you family x

@Villamole1: Speedy recovery

@DaveSMorton: Nephew is at NUFC Academy. Steve is a very-much respected and well-liked figure there (on top of his long service as a player). Wishing him a speedy recovery🤞

@BrianWhitehou17: Bloody hell, get well soon @steveharper37

@toon_iain: Thinking of you and your family @steveharper37 🤞

@benharding79: Sending love and our thoughts steve 👍❤️

@Colinnicklen: Get well soon Steve, hope you make a full and speedy recovery.

@NathB_89: Get well soon Harps. Horrific thing to happen, fingers crossed for a full recovery!

@LynnOtago: Oh no, that’s dreadful news! Speedy recovery, bonny lad 🖤🤍x

@nwwilson: Wishing Steve a full and speedy recovery. Thoughts are with his family and friends at such a worrying time

@JakeNUFC__: fucking hell, hope everything turns out alright ❤️

@WesRobson: Get well soon steve, and best wishes to you and you 🖤🤍

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