Premier League Legends: Alan Shearer

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It is time to raise our arm and salute Premier League’s greatest goalscorer of all times – Alan Shearer.

Alan Shearer was born in Gosforth, Newcastle on 13 August 1970. As a kid, he 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.

While playing at Wallsend, Shearer was spotted by Southampton’s scout Jack Hixon and joined the Saints on a youth contract in 1986.

At age 17, Shearer netted a hat-trick on his full debut at The Dell in a 4-2 win over Arsenal, becoming the youngest player to do so in the history of English football.

His breakthrough season came in 1991/92 when he scored 21 goals in all competitions for Southampton.

Shearer earned a senior England call up, scoring on his debut against France and making the squad for 1992 UEFA Euro in Sweden.

He moved to Blackburn Rovers for £3.3m that same summer to join Jack Walker and Kenny Dalglish’s revolution, after snubbing Manchester United among the others.

The Englishman developed in a world-class striker in his time with Blackburn and scored 112 goals in 138 Premier League games for the Rovers.

His best season at Ewood Park was 1994/95 when Shearer netted 34 goals and led the club to their first Premier League title in 81 years. It turned out to be the one and only trophy he had won in his entire career.

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Alan Sharer was England’s best player in 1996 UEFA Euro, as the hosts reached the semi-finals of the competition. He scored 5 goals, winning the Golden Boot award, and attracted Sir Alex Ferguson’s attention once again.

However, Blackburn Rovers refused to let Shearer go to Old Trafford and the striker signed for his boyhood club – Newcastle United.

He spent ten seasons at St. James’ Park and became the ultimate legend of the club.

Shearer didn’t win a trophy with the Magpies, losing two FA Cup finals, but went on to net 206 goals in 405 games in all competitions, becoming the top goalscorer in Newcastle United history.

He retired in 2006 and his 260 Premier League goals are the most scored by a single player in the history of top tier English football. He has scored 11 Premier League hat-tricks in his career, which is also a joint record, with Sergio Aguero.

Shearer returned to Newcastle as an interim manager in 2009, but couldn’t save his club from relegation, winning only one of his eight games in charge at St. James’ Park.

Post-retirement Alan is best known for his work as a pundit on the BBC’s Match of the Day.

The former striker is one of the most prominent faces on the BBC highlights show and also appears as a pre-match and post-match analyst for FA Cup, European Championship and World Cup games the public broadcaster screens live.

 

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