Alan Shearer
Association footballer
Alan Shearer
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.
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Soccer-Gayle on target again as Newcastle go back to the top
Yahoo News - about 1 month
By Ian Chadband LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle scored his 20th league goal of the season as the Magpies soared back to the top of the Championship table with a 2-1 win at Brentford on Saturday. Gayle became the first Newcastle player to reach the 20-goal mark in a league campaign since Alan Shearer in 2003-04 but after he suffered an injury it was his replacement Daryl Murphy who emerged as their hero. Newcastle had gone ahead through a dazzling first-half Gayle goal before he had to go off with a hamstring problem that manager Rafa Benitez hopes will not prove too serious.
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One Direction had the most retweeted messages of 2015
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Millions of tweets are sent on Twitter every day, including retweets expressing solidarity, agreement, or just plain support for the original tweeters’ message. Although Twitter’s recently released 2015 list includes a Most Influential category for the tweets that highlight significant national and global messages, such as #PrayforParis, the retweets weren’t exactly as serious. According to Twitter, the tweets that were retweeted the most in 2015 include tweets from nearly every member of the band One Direction. In fact, the most retweeted tweet of the year was sent by Harry Styles after Zayn Malik’s announcement in March that he was leaving the band. Styles’ friendly and simple message, “All the love always. H,” resulted in more than 700,000 retweets, presumably due in part to the band’s many heartbroken fans. All the love as always. H — Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) March 26, 2015 The next four most retweeted tweets came from Zayn Malik’s support for his former band’s song, “Drag Me ...
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Is the Future Bright for England's National Team?
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
As we move towards the World Cup in Brazil next year, a lot of things have been said about the state of the English game and whether we have enough youngsters coming through to replace the current crop of veterans. Once the World Cup finishes, players such as Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole will likely hang up their international boots to let the current batch of youngsters fight for their places to be ready for Euro 2016. It has been reported that there are fewer English players playing in the Premier League today than ever before. In fact, English footballers account for just 32.26% of all minutes played in the Premier League and it is the lowest home-grown ratio across all major European leagues according to Opta statisticians. However, the issue is not just the quantity, but also the quality, as even when the ratio was a lot higher we still failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. Former England captain Alan Shearer said: "These are tough times for English footba ...
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Shearer worried by Newcastle's French influx
Fox News - over 3 years
Former Newcastle United great Alan Shearer has criticised the club's policy of signing French players and says it could create an unhealthy atmosphere within the squad.
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Player Of The Year (x2)
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
By Scott Binnie, Tottenham goal machine Gareth Bale has been awarded the PFA Player of the Year Award for the second time in his career. The 23-year-old Welshman adds this award to the one he received in 2010-11 and becomes just the fourth player to win the gong twice, joining Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo as two-time winners. "It's a massive honor," Bale said. "To be voted by your peers is one of the biggest things in the game. "It's great to win it and I am delighted. When you look at the list there are some massive names on it and the other nominees have been unbelievable this year, but I couldn't have done it without the team. "They have been fantastic this year and so has the manager [Andre Villas-Boas]. I couldn't have won it without them so I would like to give them all a big thank you as well." Bale, who has been absolutely explosive in front of goal thanks to a freer role under Andre Villas-Boas, has netted 22 times this ...
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Gary Neville's punditry is the best, but others need to raise their game | Michael Cox
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
The Sky man is celebrated for his research, neutrality and controversial analysis, but this should be the general standard It requires considerable experience of watching British football coverage to understand why Gary Neville is such a celebrated pundit, for he has become universally popular for merely filling his job description. His step-by-step analysis of Stoke City's goal at West Ham last week was masterful, yet so simple – he pointed out a hand signal, a couple of blocks and a clever run. Shouldn't this be the general standard? After all, providing insight upon a sport you've played at the highest level shouldn't be particularly challenging. Neville made his punditry debut for ITV at the 2002 World Cup, whilst sidelined with the early 21st century curse of the broken metatarsal, and the Brazil side that won the competition is a decent analogy for Neville's punditry – clearly the best, but their quality exaggerated by the poor standard of the opposition. Neville's popularity ...
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Alan Shearer to Ipswich would be a big risk - John Edwards
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Whatever convinced Marcus Evans he should venture into football and buy control of his local club Ipswich Town, it was not publicity. In 2006, Money Week reported there were no publicly available photographs of him, and clicking on to the internet confirms as much.
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Alan Shearer open to Blackburn approach
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Alan Shearer has admitted he is open to the possibility of taking up the vacant manager's role at Blackburn. He spent 10 years at Ewood Park as a player.
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Moldova v England - as it happened | Scott Murray
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Roy Hodgson's side got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to the perfect start in Moldova England's road to the 2014 World Cup begins here, but according to Bobby Charlton they have no chance whatsoever of winning the damn thing. And let's face it, the old boy knows what he's talking about when it comes to winning World Cups. So that's that, then. Ah well. But we may as well enjoy the ride anyway. Roy Hodgson's side start with a trip to the Zimbru Stadium in Chişinău, and let's be honest, they're expected to make off with all three points tonight. England might have proved themselves at Euro 2012 to be something approaching a shower, but it's all about context. England's squad contains players from current European champions Chelsea, the Premier League winners Manchester City, and perennial success stories Manchester United. The current Moldovan squad, by comparison, is culled from home sides such as Olimpia Bălţi, Sheriff Tiraspol and Dacia Chişinău, and outfits further afield ...
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Leeds United: Peltier in right position for captain - Ormsby
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions. Hi Brendan. What do you reckon about the decision to make Lee Peltier United captain? Good call or not? Philip Smith, Leeds I like defenders or midfielders being captain – certainly not a goalkeeper or centre-forward! For me, ideally it should be a centre-half or centre midfielder. I remember when Alan Shearer was given the England captaincy and people were saying it was a good thing, but it wasn’t for me. Defenders are involved in the game more than the keeper as are the midfielders who are involved throughout the 90 minutes. Keepers and forwards can’t dictate like that and if you have a keeper who is captain and is quiet, you have a problem as the midfielders and strikers won’t be able to hear him. Give me a centre-half or a midfielder who is loud any day of the week! Peltier will be a regular in defence, mainly at right-back but he can also play in the middle, so it seems a fair call and we’ll see how he does. I tho ...
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SI's Daily Olympic Briefing for Aug. 6
CNN - over 4 years
LONDON -- The Brits, at least the newspaper writers here, have developed a fondness for the U.S. women's soccer team. The Guardian recently referred to Abby Wambach as "the Alan Shearer of the women's game," and the tabloids owe a debt to Hope Solo after her disclosure about the extracurricular activities in the Olympic Village. (Exclaimed The Daily Mail, in perfect tabloid form: "Hope Solo, the gold-medal winning women's soccer player, has blown the lid on the rumored raging parties and sexual exploits of the world's most respected athletes during the Olympics.")
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Club set for £20m swoop
The Gazette - over 4 years
WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Manchester City, Liverpool, Birmingham City, Norwich City, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke City, Southampton and West Ham United. DAILY MIRROR: Manchester City are preparing a £20m bid for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 27, as a cheaper alternative to Thiago Silva. Norwich City are the latest club to show an interest in signing England and Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland, 19, which will pave the way for John Ruddy, 25, to link up with former boss Paul Lambert at Aston Villa. Italy’s players claim England blundered by getting rid of manager Fabio Capello. Also: Ashley Young has given England an injury scare ahead of Sunday’s quarter-final. THE GUARDIAN: Mario Balotelli has been warned to stay calm and “take responsibility” for his actions in Sunday’s eagerly anticipated Euro 2012 quarter-final, with Italy concerned that England’s players may seek to exploit the ...
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Euro 2012 match report: England 1 Ukraine 0
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Wayne Rooney lived up to top billing in Donetsk as he scored the goal which sent England into a Euro 2012 quarter-final meeting with Italy in Kiev on Sunday. It was not quite the equal of Pele’s sublime header in the 1970 World Cup final - but after comparing his star man to the brilliant Brazilian, manager Roy Hodgson would have been delighted nonetheless. In truth, having already failed to take a glaring first-half chance, Rooney could not miss this one as Ukraine keeper Andriy Pyatov failed to gather a dangerous low cross from Steven Gerrard which took two deflections. From barely a yard, Rooney thus scored his 29th England goal, one behind Nat Lofthouse, Tom Finney and Alan Shearer, who are joint fifth in the all-time list. Now the Three Lions must hope their talisman quickly joins them as the scent of glory, absent for so long, is now in English nostrils, even if the path is barred not just by Italy, but Germany as well. Not that England strolled through as some had suggested ...
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Euro 2012: England vs. Sweden
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
By Oliver Platt, A loss would eliminate Erik Hamren's team from Euro 2012 following its defeat against Ukraine as Roy Hodgson faces the country in which he has won seven league titles. PROBABLE LINEUPS SWEDEN Isaksson Lustig, Mellberg, Granqvist, Martin Olsson Svensson, Kallstrom Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Toivonen Elmander ENGLAND Hart Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Oxlade-Chamberlain Young Welbeck The Sweden team spokesman, Hans Hultman, has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be fit to start against England despite missing parts of Wednesday's training session due to an injury to his left thigh. Erik Hamren could opt to restore Johan Elmander to the starting XI ahead of Markus Rosenberg, who was preferred against Ukraine. Elmander had been recovering from a fractured foot and only returned to full training two days before Sweden's opening match in Kiev. Many were surprised to see 24-year-old midfielder Rasmus Elm ...
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Euro 2012 Bone on the Box: Put Motty in the picture - and Pearce in ‘custardy’
Bognor Regis Observer - over 4 years
We’ve now had five days of the Euros and the list of things irritating me with the TV coverage is growing steadily, writes Steve Bone. In no particular order, it includes: overhead cameras, goal-line officials, too many action replays (which are too slow), Mark Lawrenson, the plethora of picture montages set to fancy music and Alan Shearer (Shearer being a separate entry on the list rather than something too many picture montages are set to). And I can’t decide what annoys me most – ITV interrupting their coverage with so many ad breaks, or the BBC not interrupting theirs for anything? So let’s deal with some of the above list. What exactly does Alan Shearer bring to the table? All he’s done so far is compare things he’s seeing at Euro 2012 to things he did in his career. Yawn. Why the Beeb prefer Shearer to a live wire like Ian Wright on their sofa, I’ll never know. Maybe it’s like the FA preferring a safe pair of hands (Hodgson) to a loose cannon (Redknapp). Ooh, sorry – we’r ...
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Euro 2012: Ireland v Croatia – live! | Tom Lutz
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
• Press F5 to refresh this page or use our auto-refresher • Email your thoughts to • Or holla' at him over on the Twitter @tom_lutz • Click here for dedicated Euro 2012 site • And here's a spanky gallery of tonight's game 38 min: Ward and Doyle combine again but Doyle can't get enough power on his header. Or direction. 36 min: Keane is nearly though but Strinic gets a vital touch to nick the ball off him. "Re: Whistle Man," says David Brady. "Is there a chance some poor bugger has swallowed a whistle and every time something of note happens he let's out an inadvertent peep? No? Fair enough." 34 min: Modric has 100 times the skill and poise of anyone else on the pitch. Time seems to slow down when he gets the ball. Duff passes to St Ledger in the area with a Croatia player bearing down on him – he gets it away, just. 32 min: Whistle Man has quietened down. Hopefully for good. Now we just need to silence Alan Shearer. "Whistle Man with a vuvuzela-sized w ...
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Euro 2012 Bone on the Box: Let the fun begin
Chichester Observer - over 4 years
Right then brothers and sisters, a question: If the Olympics is the greatest show on earth, what does that make Euro 2012? About the ninth greatest, by my reckoning. But don’t let other big summer events distract you from the need to devote the next three weeks to wall-to-wall football and, more importantly, wall-to-wall sitting on the sofa surrounded by Iceland family party packs of vegetable samosas and Morrisons’ cheapest lager. The difference between this column and the others on these pages is that I’m not pretending to know anything about European international football. Those who know me will confirm I’m quite inward-looking with my football. I’ll ‘follow’ English teams in Europe but would forego Barca v Real if Gosport were playing Fareham. But major international tournaments are my exception. I love them, not so much for the top-class total football on display (and England games) but for the chance to: * Spot daft haircuts and obscure lookalikes. * Get excited when I ...
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Euro war of words - Simpson’s Soapbox
The Gazette - over 4 years
THE on-the-field battle for European soccer supremacy starts with the big kick-off in Poland and Ukraine tomorrow. Meantime, in the commentary box and in the tv studio, it is more a case of ‘let prattle commence’. Both the BBC and ITV will be wheeling out their big battalions, though it is anything but an all-out confrontation as the two networks will only collide head-on for the final on July 1. Who will win the actual tournament is a matter of deep conjecture and hard to call, but it’s a fair bet that when it comes to the decider in Kiev on the first day of next month, the BBC will come out on top by a ratio of 2-1 in terms of viewing figures. As has been apparent for several years, the BBC commentators and pundits seem to go down better with the viewers, one key factor being that studio discussion is not hamstrung by going to annoying commercial breaks, as happens on ITV. Nonetheless, there is plenty for ITV to be pleased about in the early stages of Euro 2012, not just the jui ...
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Hartlepool Utd part company with Nobby Solano
Hartlepool Mail - almost 5 years
NOBBY Solano has played his last game for Hartlepool United – and in professional football. SportMail revealed in February that the Peruvian had decided to call time on his playing career having fallen out of favour under new boss Neale Cooper. Indeed, Solano has not featured since then and he was last seen at Maiden Castle in early March. However, there has been no official confirmation of his departure from the Victoria Park and his name was not among those released from the club on Thursday. But we can reveal that Solano is set to jet off for the summer this week, taking part in the Barbados Legends Tournament later this month before returning to his home country. He will join Alan Shearer, Rob Lee and John Beresford as part of a team of former Newcastle United stars turning out on the Caribbean Isle on May 26. After that he will return to Peru where he will star in a testimonial match in his name. His future beyond that is uncertain, although we understand he will return to ...
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Leeds United championship memory match: Southampton, away
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 5 years
United’s biggest-ever win at the Dell in nearly 70 years laid down an early marker – ahead of a first summit-meeting with Manchester United at Old Trafford the following weekend. The name on everyone’s lips was a dashing young Welshman by the name of Gary Speed, whose two majestic strikes lit up proceedings in Hampshire and helped make up for what manager Howard Wilkinson described as a ‘pitiful performance’ when the two sides last locked horns on the south coast in March, United slumping to a 2-0 defeat. A fractious game was marred by the 56th-minute dismissal of Neil Ruddock for bringing down livewire ex-Saint Rod Wallace when he was through on goal and the subsequent penalty, dispatched by Gordon Strachan, opened the floodgates. With Chris Whyte and John McClelland snuffing out young starlets Alan Shearer and Matt Le Tissier, United drew first blood when the immaculate Speed blasted home on 23 minutes after Ruddock failed to control Mel Sterland’s cross. And after bending their ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alan Shearer
  • 2011
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shearer commented the next day that, "unfortunately, those talks were unsuccessful on this occasion."
  • 2009
    On 7 December 2009 Shearer was made a Doctor of Civil Law by Newcastle University.
    More Details Hide Details Chancellor Sir Liam Donaldson stated "Newcastle United are my team. Alan Shearer is more than just a local legend, he's probably one of the greatest footballers of all time".
    On 1 October 2009, Shearer was commissioned as Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland, having been nominated by the Duchess of Northumberland in her capacity as Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, and approved for the position by the Queen.
    More Details Hide Details In this role, Shearer, along with 21 other deputies, is the stand-in for the Duchess when she cannot fulfill her role as the Queen's official representative in the region at official engagements. Deputies must live within seven miles of the county boundaries, and retain their appointment until age 75. The Duchess said of the appointment that "You could not find a more iconic person than Alan, not just for what he has done in football but for all the extra work he tirelessly does for charity and communities. I am delighted he has accepted the role of Deputy Lieutenant because he is a real role model. I have promised him he is not going to have to do too much, but even if it is just one occasion a year he is the perfect choice"
    On 15 October 2009 Shearer became the new patron of Sir Bobby's Foundation.
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    On 26 July 2009, Shearer played and scored in the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy match, a charity match held at St James' Park in tribute of Sir Bobby Robson and in aid of his cancer charity the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
    More Details Hide Details It proved to be Sir Bobby Robson's last public appearance, as he died five days later.
    In a surprise move, late on 1 April 2009, it was announced that Shearer would become the manager of his former club Newcastle United for the remaining eight games of the season, taking over from head coach Chris Hughton who was in temporary charge while the permanent manager Joe Kinnear recovered from heart surgery, having taken ill on 7 February.
    More Details Hide Details Shearer stated "It's a club I love and I don't want them to go down. I'll do everything I can to stop that." Shearer was unveiled at a press conference the following day by club managing director Derek Llambias. In explaining his acceptance of a managerial role at Newcastle at this time, Shearer stated that he would not have done this for any other club in this position, including his two other previous Premier League clubs. Amid persistent questioning regarding the permanency of the appointment, Llambias announced that Shearer was to be manager for the remaining eight games, and after his recovery, Joe Kinnear would return as manager after the end of the season. Shearer confirmed that the BBC had agreed to giving him an 8-week sabbatical from his Match of the Day role. Llambias also confirmed Dennis Wise had left his executive role at the club and the club had no plans to appoint a replacement, with Shearer stating that "the people that have moved, were moving on anyways, that had nothing to do with me". Wise's presence had previously been speculated as being a blockage to any possible appointment of a manager. Shearer accepted the surprise offer on the Monday on the condition that he could bring in Iain Dowie as his assistant. Shearer also brought in Paul Ferris to oversee club medical, physio and dietary matters. Ferris had previously worked with Shearer in his playing days, and had been at the club for 13 years prior to an earlier departure under then manager Glenn Roeder.
    Shearer had previously had talks about, but never been offered, a full-time manager's role at Newcastle until his appointment on 1 April 2009.
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    On his retirement as a player Shearer responded to speculation of an immediate move into coaching that he would take some personal time off to "enjoy life" for the next couple of years. He was also quoted as saying that he would eventually like to move into management, "when the time was right" however as of March 2009 he was yet to start the UEFA Pro Licence course, which is required to be permitted to manage a team in the Premier League and European competition.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shearer is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), a Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland, a Freeman of Newcastle upon Tyne and an honorary Doctor of Civil Law of Northumbria and Newcastle Universities.
  • 2008
    Shearer also played and scored twice in Soccer Aid, a game involving celebrities and former players at Wembley Stadium in September 2008, to raise money for UNICEF.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    On 4 December 2006, Shearer was created a Doctor of Civil Law by Northumbria University, at a ceremony at Newcastle City Hall, where the University vice-chancellor declared that "Throughout his career Alan Shearer has been hard-working, committed, disciplined and focused in his endeavours, fighting back from career-threatening injuries with great determination and courage".
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    In 2006, Shearer founded the Alan Shearer Academy Scholarship to aid the development of promising young players in the region.
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    In October 2006 he became an ambassador for the NSPCC, describing it as "the kick-off to my most important role yet".
    More Details Hide Details He has also worked with the charity the Dream Foundation.
    After his retirement and following guest appearances, Shearer became a regular pundit for the BBC's Match of the Day. He also formed part of the team which covered the 2006 World Cup, Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup, Euro 2012 and FIFA World Cup 2014 for the BBC.
    More Details Hide Details Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd announced that, after Shearer finished the 2005–06 season as Newcastle's caretaker assistant manager, he would become the club's "Sporting Ambassador" for 2006–07. However, in September 2008 it was reported that Shearer was removed from this largely honorary position by the club's owner Mike Ashley despite protests from players such as Steven Taylor and Damien Duff, due to Shearer's criticism of the way in which the club was being run in the wake of the departure of Kevin Keegan. These reports were denied by the club. Shearer features in EA Sports' FIFA video game series; he was included in the FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Legends.
    Reflecting his desire for personal time off to "enjoy life", in July 2006 he turned down a coaching role with England, citing his BBC commitments and desire to be away from the pressure of a job within football.
    More Details Hide Details Despite this, Shearer was often linked in the media with managerial or coaching positions at his three former clubs. Shearer took a brief role in the dugout for his final three games under Glenn Roeder. Shearer had rejected offers of coaching or assistant roles at Newcastle under both the returning Kevin Keegan in February 2008 and Joe Kinnear in November 2008.
    Shearer's family accompanied him onto the pitch following the striker's testimonial in May 2006 as he performed a lap of honour at St. James' Park.
    More Details Hide Details On 6 December 2000, Shearer was given Honorary Freedom of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, with the citation "in recognition of his role as captain of Newcastle United Football Club and as former captain of England which have enhanced the reputation of the City".
    The banner depicted Shearer as the "Gallowgate Giant", with one arm aloft in his signature goal celebration, with the message "Thanks for 10 great years", and was featured in the media coverage reflecting on his career at the club, with the banner being displayed from 19 April 2006 until 11 May 2006, the day of his testimonial match.
    More Details Hide Details The banner could be seen across the city and as far away as Gateshead across the River Tyne, standing taller than the iconic local landmark, the Angel of the North.
    On 17 April 2006, with three games remaining in his final season as a player, Shearer suffered a tear to the medial collateral ligament in his left knee after a collision during the 4–1 win at Sunderland in which he scored his 206th goal in what was his 395th appearance for the club.
    More Details Hide Details The injury caused him to miss those final three games, effectively bringing forward his retirement. Shearer finished his final season with 10 goals in 32 league games. In tribute to Shearer's contribution to Newcastle United over more than ten years, the club erected a large banner of Shearer on the outside of the cantilever superstructure of the Gallowgate End of St James' Park. The banner measured high by wide, covering almost half of the Gallowgate End, aptly placed above the club bar, Shearers bar, opened in his honour in 2005.
    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.
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  • 2005
    He decided to continue playing in a player-coach capacity until the end of the following season. and he returned for one more season in 2005–06.
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    The middle of 2005 saw Shearer reverse his decision to retire after persuasion from manager Graeme Souness.
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  • 2004
    Announcing that this would be his final season before retirement, Shearer's form in 2004–05 was patchy; alongside new signing Patrick Kluivert, he scored only seven goals in his 28 games as the club finished the season in 14th place.
    More Details Hide Details The club fared better in the cup competitions, however, eventually losing out to Sporting CP in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals and Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals. Shearer scored a hat-trick in the first round win against Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin, and ended the season with a haul of 11 European goals, in addition to his one goal in domestic cups.
  • 2003
    After this, Newcastle would have one more chance to progress in the Champions League in early 2003, but Shearer was one of those who failed to score as the team were eliminated in a penalty shootout by Partizan Belgrade in the third qualifying round.
    More Details Hide Details United progressed well in that season's UEFA Cup and Shearer's six goals helped the club reach the semi-finals, where they were beaten by eventual runners up Olympique de Marseille. Domestically he also had a good season, with 22 goals in 37 appearances, however could not prevent the club dropping out of the Champions League places to finish in fifth, qualifying once again for the UEFA Cup.
  • 2002
    Shearer remained in international retirement despite speculation of a return during the 2002 World Cup and 2004 European Championship campaigns, and further declined an offer to be assistant manager to Steve McClaren after the 2006 World Cup – a position ultimately filled by Terry Venables.
    More Details Hide Details As a player, Shearer was often styled as a classic English centre-forward, owing to his strength, physical stature, heading ability and strong shot, which enabled him to be highly prolific goalscorer. Of his 206 Newcastle goals, 49 were scored with his head. Earlier in his career, especially at Southampton, Shearer played a more creative role: providing chances for fellow strikers, and making runs into space, owing to his early development as a midfielder. Later on in his career, Shearer played a more forward role; his age meant that he lost much of the pace which served him on the south coast. Able to hold the ball up well, he also functioned as a target man, providing balls for other players. Although his strength allowed him to hold on to the ball, his playing style sometimes brought him criticism – most commonly that his play was too physical, and that he used his elbows too aggressively. It was this which contributed to both of his sendings off, although one was later rescinded on appeal. As well as the two red cards, Shearer received 59 yellow cards during his career.
    The 2002–03 season saw Shearer and Newcastle make their return to the UEFA Champions League.
    More Details Hide Details Newcastle lost their first three matches in the opening group stage, but Shearer's goal against Dynamo Kyiv, coupled with further wins against Juventus and Feyenoord saw the club progress to the second group stage. Shearer's Champions League hat-trick against Bayer Leverkusen and a brace against Internazionale in the second group stage helped him reach a total of seven Champions League goals, along with his 17 in 35 games in the league, and a total of 25 for the season as the team again improved to finish in third place in the Premier League.
  • 2001
    Shearer was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for charitable services to the community in North East England.
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    One of the most memorable incidents of the season saw Roy Keane sent off after a confrontation with Shearer during Newcastle's 4–3 win over the Red Devils in September 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Shearer also saw red for the second time in his career this season, after allegedly elbowing an opposition player in a match against Charlton Athletic. The card was subsequently rescinded by referee Andy D'Urso after reviewing video replays after the game.
    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.
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  • 2000
    By now, Shearer was approaching his 30th birthday, and he announced that he intended to retire from international football after the Euro 2000 tournament.
    More Details Hide Details Shearer did not score in England's opening 3–2 defeat against Portugal, but did so as England defeated Germany 1–0 in Charleroi, ensuring that England beat their European neighbours for the first time since the 1966 World Cup Final. To remain in the tournament, England only required a draw against Romania in the final group match, and Shearer scored a penalty as England went in at half-time 2–1 up, but Romania ultimately won 3–2. England's tournament was over, and so was Shearer's international career. From his 63 caps, he captained the team 34 times and scored thirty goals; joint-fifth in the England all-time goalscorers list with Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney.
    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.
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  • 1999
    During his playing days, Shearer had been involved with the children's charity the NSPCC, taking part in the organisation's Full Stop campaign in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Since retiring from football Shearer has also done work for several charities both nationally and in the Newcastle area. In his testimonial match, he raised £1.64m benefiting fourteen good causes including £400,000 for the NSPCC and £320,000 for completion of the "Alan Shearer Centre", a respite care facility based in West Denton, Newcastle.
    On the opening day of the 1999–2000 season, Shearer received the first red card of his career in his 100th appearance for Newcastle.
    More Details Hide Details After dropping Shearer to the bench in a Tyne-Wear derby loss against Sunderland, the unpopular Gullit resigned to be replaced by the 66-year-old Bobby Robson. Despite Gullit giving Shearer the captain's armband, reports of a rift between club captain and manager were rife, Gullit's decision to drop Shearer proved deeply unpopular with fans and his departure capped a dismal start to the season. The animosity between Shearer and Gullit was later confirmed by the latter, who reported telling the striker that he was " the most overrated player I have ever seen." Ironically, Robson had tried to sign Shearer for Barcelona in 1997, making a bid of £20million which would have seen Shearer break the world's transfer fee record for the second time in 12 months. However, then Newcastle manager Kenny Dalglish rejected the offer. In Robson's first match in charge, Shearer scored five goals in an 8–0 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday. With Robson in charge, the team moved away from the relegation zone, finishing in mid-table and reached the FA Cup semi-finals, but a third consecutive final was beyond them as they were beaten by Chelsea. Shearer missed only one league game and notched up 23 goals.
  • 1998
    An almost injury-free season helped Shearer improve on his previous year's tally in 1998–99, the striker converting 14 goals in 30 league games and replacing Rob Lee as Newcastle captain, but Newcastle finished 13th again, with Ruud Gullit having replaced Kenny Dalglish just after the season got underway.
    More Details Hide Details He also helped Newcastle to a second consecutive FA Cup final and qualification for the following season's UEFA Cup, scoring twice in the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, but they once again lost; this time 2–0 to treble-chasing Manchester United.
    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.
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  • 1997
    Another injury problem; this time an ankle ligament injury sustained in a pre-season match at Goodison Park, restricted Shearer to just two goals in 17 games in the 1997–98 season.
    More Details Hide Details His injury was reflected in the club's form, and Newcastle finished just 13th in the Premier League. However, United (now managed by Shearer's old boss at Blackburn, Kenny Dalglish) had a good run in the FA Cup; Shearer scored the winning goal in a semi-final victory over Sheffield United as the team reached the final. The team were unable to get on the scoresheet at Wembley, and lost the game 2–0 to Arsenal. An incident during a game against Leicester City in the league saw Shearer charged with misconduct by the FA, with media sources claiming that video footage showed him intentionally kicking Neil Lennon in the head following a challenge. The referee of the game took no action against Shearer, and he was then cleared of all charges by the FA, with Lennon giving evidence in the player's defence.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, the league title still eluded the club, who finished second in the league for a consecutive year, with Keegan resigning midway through the season.
  • 1996
    Shearer made his league debut away at Everton, on 17 August 1996, and maintained his form during the rest of the season, finishing as Premier League top-scorer for the third consecutive season with 25 goals in 31 Premier League games, as well as winning another PFA Player of the Year accolade, despite a groin injury forcing him to miss seven matches.
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    On 30 July 1996, for a world transfer record-breaking £15 million (equivalent to £ million today) Shearer joined his hometown club and league runners-up Newcastle United, managed by his hero Keegan.
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    His final goals for the club came on 17 April 1996, when he scored twice in a 3–2 home league win over Wimbledon.
    More Details Hide Details Shearer's international strike rate had also dried up, with no goals in the twelve matches leading up to Euro 96. He missed the final three games of the season for his club due to injury, but recovered in time to play in England's UEFA European Championship campaign. After Euro 96, Manchester United again sought to sign Shearer, and attempted to enter the battle for his signature. However Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards stated that Blackburn Rovers refused to let Shearer go to Old Trafford. Ultimately Shearer joined his boyhood club and Manchester United's title rivals Newcastle United.
  • 1995
    He passed the 100-goal milestone for Blackburn in all competitions on 23 September 1995, scoring a hat-trick in their 5–1 home win over Coventry City in the Premier League.
    More Details Hide Details On 30 December, he scored his 100th Premier League goal for the club in a 2–1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur. His final tally for the club was 112 goals in the Premier League and 130 in all competitions.
    His efforts for the club led to Shearer being awarded the PFA Players' Player of the Year for 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Although the club could not retain the title the following year, Shearer again ended the (now 38-game) season as Premier League top scorer, with 31 goals in 35 games, as Blackburn finished seventh in the league. The previous season's first-place finish also saw the club enter the Champions League. Shearer's only goal in six full Champions League games was a penalty in a 4–1 victory against Rosenborg BK in the final fixture and Blackburn finished third in their group, failing to progress to the next stage.
  • 1994
    On the international scene, England had failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup finals, but Shearer added three more goals to his international tally before embarking on his most successful domestic season as a player to date. The arrival of Chris Sutton for the 1994–95 season established a strong attacking partnership at Blackburn.
    More Details Hide Details Shearer's league-record 34 goals, coupled with Sutton's 15, helped the Lancashire club take the Premier League title from archrivals Manchester United on the final day of the season, and the duo gained the nickname "the SAS" (Shearer And Sutton). After being asked by the press how he planned to celebrate winning the title, Shearer replied, by "creosoting the fence". Shearer also had his first taste of European football in the UEFA Cup that season, and scored in the second leg as Blackburn went out in the first round, losing to Trelleborgs FF of Sweden.
  • 1993
    Returning to fitness for the 1993–94 season, he scored 31 goals from 40 games as Blackburn finished runners-up in the Premier League.
    More Details Hide Details His performances for the club led to him being named the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year for that season.
  • 1992
    Due to replace Gary Lineker, who retired from international action after UEFA Euro 1992, in the England attack, Shearer played only intermittently in the qualifying campaign for the 1994 FIFA World Cup due to injury and the team failed to reach the competition finals.
    More Details Hide Details UEFA Euro 1996 was a more positive experience for both Shearer and England. With England not required to qualify as hosts, Shearer had not scored in 12 games in the 21 months prior, and even his overall goalscoring record for England did not look too impressive so far; five goals in 23 games. However, he found the net in the 22nd minute of the first game, against Switzerland. Scoring once in the following game against Scotland and twice in a 4–1 win over the Netherlands, Shearer helped England to progress to the next stage in front of their own fans in Wembley. In the quarter-finals, England were outplayed by Spain but got through to a penalty shootout after a goalless draw. Shearer scored the first England penalty, while the Spaniards failed to score from two of theirs, sending England into the semi-final against Germany. Shearer headed England into the lead after three minutes, but the Germans quickly equalised and the match went to penalties again. This time, Germany won from the spot; although Shearer scored, his team-mate Gareth Southgate missed his kick and England were eliminated. Shearer's five goals made him the competition's top scorer, and together with team mates David Seaman and Steve McManaman, was listed in the official UEFA team of the tournament.
    Marking his debut in the 2–0 win against France in February 1992 with a goal, he made his only appearance for the England B team a month later.
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    His first season with Blackburn was mixed – he missed half of it through injury after snapping his right anterior cruciate ligament in a match against Leeds United in December 1992, but scored a prolific 16 goals in the 21 games in which he did feature.
    More Details Hide Details Shearer also became a regular in the England team this season and scored his second international goal; it came in a 4–0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier win over Turkey in November. The season ended sourly, however, as Shearer was forced to miss January through to May due to injury and England's World Cup qualification chances were hit by a run of poor form.
    Despite making just one goalless appearance as England failed to progress past the Euro 1992 group stages, Shearer was soon subject to an English transfer record-breaking £3.6million bid from Blackburn Rovers.
    More Details Hide Details Although there was also interest from Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, Blackburn benefactor Jack Walker's millions were enough to prise the striker from the Saints, and Shearer moved north to Ewood Park in the middle of 1992.
    In July 1992, Shearer was sold to Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £3.6 million, with David Speedie reluctantly moving to The Dell as part of the deal.
    More Details Hide Details Despite Branfoot's claim to be "in the driving seat", Saints failed to include a "sell-on clause" in the contract. Shearer, less than a month off his 22nd birthday, was the most expensive player in British football. In his four years in the Southampton first team, Shearer made a total of 158 appearances in all competitions, scoring 43 goals.
    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".
    More Details Hide Details Although Branfoot accepted that a sale was inevitable, he claimed that "whatever happens, we are in the driving seat".
  • 1991
    Shearer is married to Lainya, whom he met whilst a Southampton player. The couple lived locally with her parents during Shearer's second year at the south coast club, and were married on 8 June 1991 at St. James' Church in the city.
    More Details Hide Details In contrast to the portrayal of some WAGs (wives and girlfriends) of later players by the media, Lainya is described by Shearer as a quiet and reserved person, not comfortable in the spotlight her husband's fame sometimes brought. The couple have three children. Shearer cited not wanting to uproot his family as a key reason for remaining in England during his career, having had the chance to move to Juventus or Barcelona when leaving Blackburn.
    A possible move for Shearer was being mentioned in the media during late autumn of 1991, but he rejected talk of a transfer and vowed to see out the season with Southampton, resisting the temptation of a possible transfer to the two clubs who headed the title race for most of the season.
    More Details Hide Details Speculation of a transfer to Liverpool, who finished the season as FA Cup winners, also came to nothing.
    It was during the 1991–92 season that Shearer rose to national prominence. 13 goals in 41 appearances for the Saints led to an England call-up; he scored on his debut, and was strongly linked in the press with a summer move to Manchester United.
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    In the middle of 1991, Shearer was a member of the England national under-21 football squad in the Toulon Tournament in Toulon, France.
    More Details Hide Details Shearer was the star of the tournament where he scored seven goals in four 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.
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  • 1989
    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.
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  • 1988
    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.
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  • 1987
    Shearer ended the 1987–88 season with three goals in five games, and was rewarded with his first professional contract.
    More Details Hide Details Despite this auspicious start to his career, Shearer was only eased into the first team gradually and made just ten goalless appearances for the club the following season. Throughout his career Shearer was recognised for his strength, which, during his time at Southampton, enabled him to retain the ball and provide opportunities for team mates.
  • 1986
    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.
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  • 1970
    Shearer was born in Gosforth, Newcastle in 1970 to working-class parents Alan and Anne Shearer.
    More Details Hide Details His father, a sheet-metal worker, encouraged a keen Shearer to play football in his youth, and the young player continued with the sport as he progressed through school. He was educated at Gosforth Central Middle School and Gosforth High School. Growing up playing on the streets of his hometown, he originally played in midfield because "it meant he could get more involved in the games." Shearer captained his school team and helped a Newcastle City Schools team win a seven-a-side tournament at St James' Park, before joining the amateur Wallsend Boys Club as a teenager. It was while playing for the Wallsend club that he was spotted by Southampton's scout, Jack Hixon, which resulted in Shearer spending his summers training with the club's youth team, a time he would later refer to as "the making of me".
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