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Alan Shearer banner at the Gallowgate end

Gone but not forgotten

Shear Magic – Alan's greatest moments!

As Newcastle's greatest ever goalscorer nears the end of his playing career, Rahul Shrivastava takes a look back at Alan Shearer's Top Ten finest moments in a Newcastle shirt.

It's been a rollercoaster ride for Newcastle United over the last 10 years, but through it all, one thing has remained constant - Alan Shearer's ability to score goals.

Here we count down our Top Ten of Alan's finest moments in a Newcastle shirt, and give you the chance to tell us your favourites.

Shearer celebrates against Sheff Wed

Shearer celebrates against Sheff Wed

10 – Five Alive!

Game: Newcastle United 8-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Competition: Premiership
Date: Sun 19 September 1999
Venue: St James’ Park

Alan Shearer had been a lonely figure during Ruud Gullit’s latter days as Newcastle boss. Dropped to the bench for the infamous derby match against Sunderland, his career had reached an all time low.

That soon changed though, with the arrival of Sir Bobby Robson, who took over a Newcastle side lacking in confidence and self-belief. Only one team lay below Newcastle in the Premiership when he joined… Sheffield Wednesday.

Robson’s first home game in charge of his beloved Newcastle saw them record their highest win in Premier League history. And amongst it all, was Alan Shearer - reborn and rampant.

Shearer celebrates against Inter Milan

Shearer lives the dream at the San Siro

After Aaron Hughes had opened the scoring, Shearer registered a twelve minute hat trick against a hapless Kevin Pressman. Kieron Dyer and Gary Speed chipped in with goals too, but it was Shearer, scoring two more in the second half, who made it a day to remember.

9 – From Siro to hero

Game: Inter Milan 2-2 Newcastle United
Competition: Champions League, Second Group Stage
Date: Tue 11 March 2003
Venue: San Siro

At the end, it counted for little. A defeat against Barcelona in the following game saw Newcastle dumped out of Europe, but there was little doubt that this had been an exhilarating journey on the European rollercoaster.

Alan Shearer, who was coming into the game on the back of a hat trick against Bayer Leverkusen, became Newcastle’s all time leading goalscorer in Europe when he fired in two goals past a powerful Inter Milan side.

Shearer shakes hand with the ball boy

The home debut saw him make many friends

A crisp drive just before half time gave Newcastle a shock lead against the Italian giants, and after Inter had equalized, Shearer restored the Toon’s lead with another instinctive finish.

Despite Inter Milan equalizing for a second time, it could not overshadow a magnificent Newcastle performance, and especially that of the master goalscorer himself. Even Sven had a word afterwards, asking the former England Captain to come out of International retirement. 

8 – Leazes Pleases

Game: Newcastle United 2-0 Wimbledon
Competition: Premiership
Date: Wed 21 August 1996
Venue: St James’ Park

It was Big Al’s home debut for Newcastle, and he did not disappoint the expectant crowd! Wimbledon were the opposition, but they had no answer to Shearer’s dead-ball expertise, as he curled a spectacular freekick into the top corner at the Leazes End with just minutes left on the clock.

Shearer celebrates scoring against Sheff United

We're on our way to Wembley!

David Batty had earlier delighted the crowd with an uncharacteristic moment of divine beauty, deftly lobbing goalkeeper Neil Sullivan from all of 30 yards. For Sullivan, it was the second long-range lob he’d conceded in a week, having been subjected to David Beckham’s famous 50-yard wonder strike just days before.

But as the game was approaching the last five minutes, and with Shearer looking to score his first league goal for Newcastle, the script was written. With the freekick won, there was only going to be one person to take it.

Step up Alan Shearer, to send the Geordie crowd into raptures. They had a new hero - a sheet metal worker's son from Gosforth.

7 – Sheffield of dreams

Shearer scores against Spurs

Game: Newcastle United 1-0 Sheffield United
Competition: FA Cup semi-final
Date: Sun 5 April 1998
Venue: Old Trafford

It had been a scrappy road to Wembley during this FA Cup campaign, not least when Newcastle United managed to have a public spat with non-league Stevenage Borough. Shearer saved Newcastle’s blushes in that round, and dragged them single-handedly past several more dogged teams into the FA Cup semi-final, and a clash against Sheffield United at Old Trafford.

The city of Newcastle was deathly quiet as everyone piled into the pubs or tucked into their Sunday roast, to see if Newcastle could get to their first FA Cup final since a rampant Liverpool destroyed them in 1974.

It was a scrappy game with few chances, but Newcastle persevered, and when keeper Alan Kelly could not hold on to a downward head from Shearer, the England striker followed up by smashing the ball into the empty net.

A glorious moment as pubs and homes across Tyneside erupted as one, into a volcano of noise. Old Trafford was filled with the songs from thousands of ecstatic Toon fans. The Army were on their way to Wembley.

6 – Spurs earned

Game: Newcastle United 2-0 Tottenham (aet)
Competition: FA Cup semi-final
Date: Sun 11 April 1999
Venue: Old Trafford

A year later, and Newcastle found themselves back in an FA Cup semi-final, this time against League Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur. It was an enthralling encounter between two evenly matched teams, with the bruising battle between Alan Shearer and Sol Campbell the most fascinating aspect.

Both teams had chances within the 90 minutes, with Spurs feeling aggrieved that a Nikos Dabizas handball went unnoticed. As the game went into extra-time, it was impossible to tell who would come out on top. Two teams with great cup traditions – no one was going to give up easily.

It was not until the second period of extra time that a breakthrough happened. A moment of madness by Sol Campbell saw him handball in the box, and Shearer converted the penalty.

All Newcastle had to do was hold out, and they would be in the final of the FA Cup. But Alan Shearer had other ideas. When Silvio Maric laid the ball into Shearer’s path, 20 yards out, Shearer elected to hit it first time, with a full-blooded swing of his right boot. The ball swerved with such ferocious power and accuracy, that Ian Walker could only look on in disbelief as the net rippled, and Spurs went crashing out of the cup.

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