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Premier League cult heroes - Newcastle's own Alan Shearer

Friday 25th August 2017
Choosing the biggest cult hero for Newcastle United in the Premier League era is fairly straightforward. Alan Shearer is not only the all time Premier League top scorer but he is also Newcastle's club record top scorer as well and as the prodigal son of St. James's Park. He is truly the biggest hero on Tyneside.

Alan Shearer signed for Newcastle United from Blackburn Rovers in 1996 for what was then a world record fee of £15million pounds. The transfer was as big as they come with Shearer already fully established as one of English football's big hitters on 112 goals since the Premier Leagues inception in 1992.
Huge rumours circulated beforehand that Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson would secure Shearer's signature but the man himself couldn't turn down the opportunity to play for his boyhood team in the hope that he could bring much-awaited silverware to the oh so loyal Geordie support. Ultimately Shearer and Newcastle failed to win a trophy together during his 10-year spell but what he did achieve was still truly inspirational.

He arrived with the reputation, the price tag and the hype, next he had to deliver. After first starting out for Southampton in the old First Division before moving to Ewood Park in 1992, Shearer had managed to net 112 goals already in the newly founded Premier League. This led to the expectation he would carry scoring so freely now he had secured his move to Tyneside and he more than managed to do so. In turn, Shearer scored a stunning 148 league goals; totalling 206 goals in all competitions. This propelled Shearer to being the clubs all-time leading scorer in the process, and with a record that doesn't seem too likely to be broken anytime soon. And not just due to the lack of a prolific striker at the club but more the longevity to score on a regular basis. Shearer played for 10 years at St James' Park and, barring a couple of lengthy injuries, consistently scored for the Magpies.

Along with his compelling stats and figures, the nature of his goals was just as impressive. With countless long-range efforts, free kicks and pile driving volleys, Shearer retired at Newcastle with a stunning repertoire of goals. From a famous long-range volley at home to Everton through to a thumping free kick strike against Manchester United, Shearer really did have a range of goals to rival the very best. After all, where the Premier League is concerned, Alan Shearer was one of the greatest.

At 260 goals, Alan Shearer is the Premier Leagues top scorer and has only just recently been joined by Wayne Rooney in the 200+ goals club. He holds the records and has the footage of his strikes for everyone to see but one thing that only Newcastle fans truly experienced was watching him play for their club and being the practical heartbeat of the side for so long. Newcastle didn't manage to win the league as he may have hoped or even a cup, but he lived and breathed for the club and that is why he is the hero at St James' Park.

His retirement in 2006 seemed to coincide with the clubs obvious decline and the club was relegated just three years later. Whether this is truly the cause is up for debate but they lost their heartbeat and their leader and in turn lost their way on and off the pitch. He is the clubs biggest Premier League hero and also one of the biggest players to play in the Premier League altogether.
Ryan Stewart

23 years old, Sport Journalism graduate living in Salford. Work in web content in Media city and always looking to break in to sports writing. Manchester United season ticket holder.

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