Alan Shearer

Association Footballer

Alan Shearer OBE, DL is a retired English footballer. He is a freeman of the city of Sunderland. He played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and for the England national team. He is considered by some as one of England's best strikers, being both Newcastle's and the Premier League's record goalscorer. After retiring as a player in 2006, Shearer worked as a television pundit for the BBC.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Alan Shearer.


1970 Birth Shearer was born in Gosforth, Newcastle in 1970 to working-class parents Alan and Anne Shearer. … Read More


1986 15 Years Old Shearer had successful trials for First Division clubs West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City and Newcastle United, before being offered a youth contract with Southampton in April 1986.
1987 16 Years Old …  Shearer ended the 1987–88 season with three goals in five games, and was rewarded with his first professional contract. … Read More
1988 17 Years Old Shearer was promoted to the first team after spending two years with the youth squad. He made his professional debut for Southampton on 26 March 1988, coming on as a substitute in a First Division fixture at Chelsea, before prompting national headlines in his full debut at The Dell two weeks later.
1989 18 Years Old Playing as a lone striker between wide men, Rod Wallace and Matt Le Tissier, Shearer scored three goals in 26 appearances in the 1989–90 season, and in the next, four goals in 36 games.


His performances in the centre of the Saints attack were soon recognised by the fans, who voted him their Player of the Year for 1991.
During the middle of 1992, Southampton's manager, Ian Branfoot, became "the most popular manager in English football", as he took telephone calls from clubs "trying to bargain with players they don't want plus cash". … Read More
1993 - 1995 4 More Events
His final goals for the club came on 17 April 1996, when he scored twice in a 3–2 home league win over Wimbledon. … Read More
1997 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Perhaps his best performance of the season came on 2 February 1997 when Newcastle went into the final 15 minutes of the game 3–1 down at home to Leicester City in the league, only for Shearer to win them the game 4–3 by scoring a late hat-trick. … Read More
1998 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Former Football Association chief Graham Kelly, who brought the charges against the player, later claimed in his autobiography that Shearer had threatened to withdraw himself from the 1998 World Cup squad if the charges were upheld; a claim strenuously denied by Shearer.
1999 28 Years Old 1 More Event
On the opening day of the 1999–2000 season, Shearer received the first red card of his career in his 100th appearance for Newcastle. … Read More
2000 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Shearer suffered an injury-hit and frustrating season in 2000–01, having retired from international football after the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament to focus on club football.


He managed only five goals in 19 games in the league. 2001–02 was much better though; Shearer bagged 23 goals in 37 league games as Newcastle finished fourth—their highest standing since 1997—meaning they would qualify for the following season's Champions League competition.
2002 - 2005 6 More Events
This last season saw him break Jackie Milburn's 49-year-old record of 200 goals for Newcastle United (not including his 38 World War II Wartime League goals) when he netted his 201st strike in a home Premier League fixture against Portsmouth on 4 February 2006, becoming the club's highest-ever league and cup competition goalscorer with 206 goals altogether.
2008 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008, he raised over £300,000 for Sport Relief in a bike ride with fellow Match of the Day presenter Adrian Chiles, the idea for which emerged in an off the cuff question from cycling fan Chiles to Shearer as to how he kept fit since retirement.
…  In 2009, he briefly left his BBC role to become Newcastle United's manager in the last eight games of their 2008–09 season, in an unsuccessful attempt to save them from relegation. … Read More


2011 40 Years Old Cardiff City On 14 June 2011, BBC Sport Wales reported the Shearer had held talks with Championship club Cardiff City over the vacant manager job. … Read More
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