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Alan Shearer

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Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer, OBE (born August 13 1970) is a successful English footballer. He was born in Newcastle and currently plays for Newcastle United. He joined that club in July 1996 for a then world record fee of 15m. He made his club debut on August 17th of that year.

Shearer's previous clubs were Southampton (1988-1992) and Blackburn Rovers (1992-1996). He played 63 times for the England team and scored 30 goals. His debut for the national side was on 19th February 1992 versus France at Wembley. He also scored 13 goals in only 11 games for the England Under 21 team.

Shearer's honours include League Championship Winner (Blackburn) 1994/95, PFA Players' Player of the Year 1994/95 & 1996/97, Football Writers Player of the Year 1994/95, European Championship Golden Boot Winner 1996, Premiership Golden Boot Winner 1994/95 (34), 1995/96 (31) & 1996/97 (25), Awarded Barclaycard Merit Award on 20 April 2002 for reaching the 200 Premiership goal landmark.

Shearer scored 30 goals in 63 games for the England side before his retirement from international football at the end of Template:Ec2. He also played in Template:Ec, Template:Ec (scoring five goals), and the Template:Wc (scoring two goals).

One of the most famous players in the game today, Alan was also the world's most expensive footballer at the time of his 15m move from Blackburn to Newcastle in the summer of 1996. He joined Blackburn from Southampton for a then British record 3.6m fee in 1992, with David Speedie going in exchange. He won a championship medal three years later and formed one half of the famous SAS partnership, with fellow striker Chris Sutton.

Geordie Shearer makes no secret of his love for Newcastle United and the partnership is a marriage made in heaven, but one which before the start of this season had borne no trophies, though a few near misses. Many believed Kevin Keegan's addition of Shearer to a squad which had just missed out on the 1995-96 Championship would seal the title, but another second place finish in 1996-97 denied United that honour, and a serious ankle injury then sidelined Alan for half of the 1997-98 campaign. In this season he was controversially cleared by the FA when he kicked Leicester City's Neil Lennon in the head. Seemingly overwhelming television evidence was apparently disregarded.

However, his regular goal output has continued and a total of 30 in season 1999/2000 underlined his enduring ability in the penalty area. The scorer of a hat-trick on his debut for Southampton against Arsenal as a 17-year-old in 1988, Alan went on to become the first man to score 30 Premier League goals in three successive seasons.

During 2000/01 Alan's season was disrupted by injury which restricted him to only 23 appearances. He underwent two knee operations to clear up his tendinitis problem, one in December and one in May in the USA. He received a terrific and emotional welcome when he returned to first team action as a sub against Sunderland on 26 August before hitting two goals against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on his first start of the season on 8 September.

Shearer was appointed an OBE for services to Association Football in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2001, an honour to go with the Freedom of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne that was bestowed upon him in March.

His brace against Ipswich Town in the Worthington Cup on 27 November took his United goals tally to 100. The goal against Arsenal on 18/12/01 was his first at Highbury and it also broke United's London jinx. Shearer hit his 200th Premiership goal against Charlton at St. James' Park on 20 April 2002. He was voted North-East Player of Year for 2001/02 and also scored North-East Goal of the Season 2001/02 (versus Aston Villa).

Shearer announced that the 2004/05 season would be his last as a player however he later revoked this decision and he will continue to play for another year in a player-coach role. He is currently working on his UEFA coaching qualifications, which are required to manage a team in European competitions.


Preceded by:
Chris Waddle
Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year
1994
Succeeded by:
Jrgen Klinsmann
Preceded by:
Eric Cantona
PFA Players' Player of the Year
1995
Succeeded by:
Les Ferdinand
Preceded by:
Les Ferdinand
PFA Players' Player of the Year
1997
Succeeded by:
Dennis Bergkamp

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