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Wednesday, August 14, 2002
Alan Shearer
Club: Newcastle United
Shirt Number: 9
Position: Forward
Date of Birth: August 13, 1970
Birthplace: Newcastle
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 12.2


Profile:

Needs absolutely no introduction. His phenomenal goalscoring record speaks for itself.

Began his career on the south coast with Southampton after coming through the now famous Wallsend Boys Club.

Burst onto the scene with the Saints before joining Blackburn Rovers in what would turn out to be a bargain 3.6million deal in the summer of 1992.

Shearer's career was initially hit by a serious injury at the end of 1992 which would end his season and rob England coach Graham Taylor of his services. Would return for the start of the 1993/94 season and slam home 31 goals.

When Rovers signed Chris Sutton from Norwich City in the summer of 1994, it was the beginning of the SAS partnership - it would fire the club to the Premiership title in 1995. That year Shearer would also be named the PFA Player of the Year, and he would receive the honour again two years later

The 1995/96 season saw Shearer score 30-plus goals for the third consecutive season.

Moved home in the summer of 1996 when the striker snubbed Manchester United to join Newcastle United for a world record fee of 15million. Shearer had just starred in the England side that went out to Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 96.

Shearer was brought to win the title for Newcastle under Kevin Keegan, but his 27 goals could not propel the Magpies to the title.

A serious injury picked up in pre-season of 1997 would rule him out of action until the New Year. And as the France 98 approached there were calls for Shearer to be dropped from the England side, but by this time Glenn Hoddle had made him skipper.

Has never really recovered from that injury, although his once-searing pace is waning and some have accused him of becoming over-physical to compensate, his finishing is still as deadly as ever.

Struggled at Euro 2000, despite scoring the winning goal against Germany, and would retire from the international game after the tournament. Scored 30 goals in 63 appearances for England.

Awarded the OBE for services to Football in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2001.

Missed the latter half of the 2000/01 season again through injury, but his 27 goals in the 2001/02 season helped Newcastle to a fourth place Premiership finish and a berth in the Champions League.

By the end of that campaign he had scored 120 goals in 221 games for the Magpies. Superb.

Hotly tipped to be the next Newcastle United manager.




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