On the occasion of unveiling his statue, Alan Shearer declared that he had ‘fulfilled every dream’.
It is hard to believe that it is now over 10 years since we last saw him turn out in black and white, those 206 goals in the previous 10 years never to be forgotten of course.
Maybe not an ideal statue (would you have guessed who it was without the upraised arm) or location (once the site of public toilets on Barrack Road) but Alan Shearer himself says ‘It will give me an immensely proud feeling when I come down this road’.
Outside the Gallowgate End next to Shearer’s Bar might have been canny, if only Mike Ashley hadn’t seen fit to remove the United legend’s name from the stadium he graced so magnificently.
Speaking of NUFC legends who Mike Ashley has attempted to erase from the Newcastle United consciousness of today, great to see Kevin Keegan standing alongside Alan Shearer at today’s special occasional – with his former wing-man Terry Mac also in attendance.
The alienation of Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer by Mike Ashley, summed up by the fact that the celebration party after the unveiling wasn’t inside St James Park…
“It has been an incredible journey since 1996, never did I think I would be stood here with a statue behind me.
“I fulfilled every dream of playing for this football club, our football club, my football club and I shared it with every single player, with every single member of staff and with every fan that came to the games.
“It will give me an immensely proud feeling when I come down this road, when I come to this ground to see this here, because I enjoyed playing football and I was lucky enough to play football in front of you guys.
“It’s an incredible feeling.”