Harper Sticks With 'Death Shirt'

Last updated : 18 July 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor
He is still the only player who has officially had the 13 squad number at St James' Park, and after a switch because he said it was "unlucky", he is happy to wear it for the coming season.

It is interesting to note the numbers 3 and 6 are still available, as Big Sam continues to look for two more defenders.

The new signings have been given shirt numbers:

Joey Barton 7
David Rozehnal 4
Geremi 20
Mark Viduka 36

Nobby Solano has gone for a change (15), and so has Albert Luque (19).

(* for those interested, the number 13 is traditionally unlucky because it is the death card in the tarot pack)