As part of its commitment to excellence and participation in sport, Newcastle School for Boys is proud to announce a unique initiative - its association with link professionals in each of the School’s main sports:

Rugby – Dave Walder, former England, Newcastle Falcons and Wasps fly half now back at the Falcons on the coaching staff

Football – Steve Harper, long-serving Premier League goalkeeper at Newcastle United and now with Sunderland

Cricket – Marcus North, Australian international test player

Each of these experienced and highly successful sports professionals serve Newcastle School for Boys in an advisory capacity freely sharing their expertise and experience for the benefit of the boys and the School’s teachers and coaches.


Dave Walder - Rugby


Dave Walder enjoyed a long and successful professional playing career at fly half for Newcastle Falcons, Wasps and England. 

Dave first signed for the Falcons in 1999.  He was an integral part of the club’s success over the next few years scoring 760 points in 140 appearances.  He scored the winning try in the 2001 Tetley’s Bitter Final against Harlequins at Twickenham and kicked 17 points in the thrilling 2004 Powergen Cup final victory over Sale Sharks.

Dave gained four England caps under Sir Clive Woodward between 2001 and 2003.

In 2006, Dave joined Wasps where he spent five seasons scoring 540 points in 75 Premiership appearances before ending his playing career at Mitsubishi Dynaboars in Japan.
Dave rejoined the Falcons as attack coach in 2014.  He is a Level 3 UKCC rugby union coach.

Dave is an old boy of one of Newcastle School for Boys founding prep schools: Ascham House.  From Ascham, Dave moved onto Oundle School and then to Durham University.


Steve Harper - Football


Newcastle School for Boys is delighted to welcome Premier League goalkeeper Steve Harper as its football coaching professional.  He is highly qualified having obtained the level 4 UEFA A coaching licence.

A highly respected, model professional, Steve spent 20 seasons at Newcastle United having signed for them in 1993.  He played in the 1999 FA Cup Final against Manchester United and in 2002, made several appearances in the UEFA Champions League including keeping a clean sheet in the 1-0 victory over Italian champions Juventus.  Steve was the Championship’s best goalkeeper with a club record 21 clean sheets in 37 matches during Newcastle’s season in 2009/10.  He made his final appearance for Newcastle in May 2013 before joining Hull City where he spent two seasons.  In 2016, he signed for Sunderland.

In September, 2013, Newcastle honoured Steve with a testimonial in recognition of his long service at the club.  The sell-out game against an AC Milan XI raised over £325,000 for a number of charities: Great North Children's Hospital, Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Newcastle United Foundation, Alan Shearer Foundation, Toma Fund, Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation and Sport Newcastle.

Steve has studied at the Open University and is also a qualified referee.  He has been involved with NSB for several years and both of his sons attend the School.  Steve played a major role in coaching our Under 11s when they won national honours in the Danone Nations Cup in 2014.


Marcus North - Cricket


Marcus North is an Australian international cricketer who represented his country in 21 test matches and two one day internationals.  Born in Melbourne, Marcus, a left-handed batsman and right-arm off-spinner grew up Western Australia for whom he made his first-class debut in 1999.  He first played in the English county championship for Durham in 2004 having experienced playing in the North East Premier League earlier in his career.

Marcus was appointed captain of Western Australia in 2007 and made a century on his test debut against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2009.  He went on to score five test hundreds including two in the 2009 Ashes series in England.

As a bowler, he took career best figures of 6 for 55 as Australia beat Pakistan in a test match at Lord’s in 2010.  In county cricket, Marcus also played for Lancashire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire and Glamorgan.

He retired from first class cricket in 2014 relocating to live with his family in the north east and joining South Northumberland Cricket Club becoming a successful broadcaster and setting up his own wine business.


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