Alan Shearer has been the target of a bit more Manchester United taunting.

However, he is obviously quite used to it over the years.

Having chosen to sign for Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan, rather than Manchester United and Alex Ferguson, the bitterness has always been there from a club and supporters who arrogantly always expected back then, for every player to choose them.

Alan Shearer though chose to come back home and had a brilliant 10 years. Yes, no trophies at Newcastle but so many great memories as he became the club’s greatest ever goalscorer and set a Premier League record which might never be beaten.

The latest to have a go is embarrassingly the local press in the north west:

Manchester Evening News via Twitter:

“It is 13 years since Manchester United thrashed Newcastle 6-2.

“When the bitter Alan Shearer fouled his way through the 2nd half.”

As it happens, they have actually got it wrong, as it was 14 years ago that match, on 12 April 2003.

It was actually the sixth last game of the Premier League season and Sir Bobby Robson’s team were still a live outside bet to win the title going into the game, behind Manchester United and Arsenal.

A run of seven wins and two draws in a nine game run had put Newcastle in with a chance but three defeats in a row (Man Utd the middle one) killed it off, NUFC winning just two of their final seven games.

Newcastle United eventually finished third in the Premier League on 69 points, nine behind Arsenal and fourteen adrift of Manchester United.

The game actually started off so well, with Jermaine Jenas scoring a cracking 25 yarder after 21 minutes and Shola Ameobi added a second on 89 minutes.

The only problem being that Giggs, Van Nistelrooy, Solskjaer and Scholes (3) hit back with six goals in between, in a 26 minute period between 32 and 58 minutes. (Watch all the goals below, although maybe best to enjoy the Jenas strike and then switch off…)

Alan Shearer responding to the Manchester Evening News, telling them to try and move on at last after he turned Man Utd down…twice!

Alan Shearer:

“You said it yourself. 13 years!

“Let it go man. I said no….twice. Try and move on.”

12 April 2003

Newcastle United 2 Manchester United 6

Shay Given

Aaron Hughes

Titus Bramble

Jonathan Woodgate

Nolberto Solano (Shola 66)

Olivier Bernard

Kieron Dyer

Jermaine Jenas

Laurent Robert (Viana 15 (LuaLua 66))

Craig Bellamy

Alan Shearer


    1 – 0 Shearer

    • Troublemaker7

      Shearer 1 United 6-7-8 in Premier league titles……but at least he got lots of ££££££ at blackburn….classy….

      • Jezza

        At times like this I’m actually glad Newcastle have won nothing for decades because it means we don’t get sad glory seekers like yourself with no concept whatsoever of what being a football supporter is about latching on to our club.

        • Troublemaker7

          What a ridiculous comment,,,,,How would you know what kind of supporter I am? when you’ve followed your team as long as I have home and away and in europe come back with something sensible to say…..and to say you’re glad your team has not won anything says it all about your intelligence….

          • Leazes Ender

            You’re obviously some sort of troublemaker, and you’re getting my dander up….

          • Jezza

            He’s not making trouble, he’s just making a complete fool of himself.

          • Jezza

            You may have followed “your” team home and away and throughout Europe for a long time (ie since the early to mid 90’s but definitely not before) but if Manchester FC had gone as long as Newcastle without a trophy you would not have been to a single one of those matches. Not one and you know it. You would have been off following another team, which ever one happened to have been the most successful.

            Say what you like about my intelligence but your last comment makes it clear that you know absolutely nothing about what it is to be a football supporter.

            For the record I have been following Newcastle since 1972, never seen them win a thing but I keep going back. Something you will never understand.

  • TubbyMunky

    I live in Manchester..the M.E.N is a joke..always happy to take a pop at teams (and their players/fans) of clubs from outside the city. It’s also owned by the same clowns who own the chronicle…….

    • Leazes Ender

      That’s the same MEN owned by Trinity Mirror of Salford who publish the Newcastle Chronicle……

    • NUFCLX

      At least they are consistent, Chronicle is also a joke full of big headlines for Non-Stories. Never liked it since it went from being an Evening paper published in the Toon to a morning paper printed in Smoggyland.

  • Troublemaker7

    all very well, but lest be brutally honest sentimental decisions are fine but deep down he regrets not winning more in his career…… can call united all the names you want and by the way his response was not particularly classy…??! When Fergie and United went for him there was no arrogant expectation that every player united went for would go to them, aggressive yes but not arrogant as it was only a year into the Fergie domination. The class would have been to go to United for LESS MONEY than Blackburn offered him……

    • Leazes Ender

      I do call United all the names under the Sun ever since Ashley’s takeover……

    • NUFCLX

      The only thing he regrets is not winning something with Newcastle. Like he has said many times imagine how much more you would have won if he had signed for you

      • hetonmag

        Correct mate they might have won more European Cups than their most hated rivals the bin dippers.

    • Jezza

      Shearer did sign for United. It was Manchester he turned down.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He wanted to play for Newcastle at his peak, he did so & has no regrets
    end of story

  • East Durham Mag

    Who gives a toss about anything or anyone from Manchester United. Shearer made his choice and they can’t get over it. Possibly trying to hide their vitual mediocrity compared to Ferguson’s success when a lot of their fans jumped on the bandwagon. Oh i’m certain we had some glory hunters but not like the millions who follow Man Utd.

    • Porciestreet

      I wonder how many Manure fans couldn’t even find Manchester, never mind Old Trafford.

      • East Durham Mag

        A large percentage mate.

        • Jezza

          Agreed. I have spent a lot of time in Manchester over the years and virtually everybody you meet there is a Man City fan and that was always the case, long before the Arab money.

  • hetonmag

    So pleased he came back home and I couldn’t give a stuff about the times they have beaten us the 5-0 thrashing of them will live long in the memory, the arm in in the air running past the arrogant lot from the north west was priceless. Plus he scored some of the best goals I have ever seen he might not have won any medals but he gave a lot of genuine fans (not plastic one’s) a lot of pleasure.

  • LondonToon

    Seeing Shambles on the team sheet just reminded me that it wasn’t all good under Robson. He was worse at Sunderland tho.

    • csh

      alongside Woodgate he actually looked a decent player. Shame we didn’t get to see Woodgate that often though…

  • Mrkgw

    What a legend. I wish that he was still playing for us now.

    • Leazes Ender


      • Jimblag23

        He needs to slag off Ashley or the Chronicle to impress you, right?

        • Leazes Ender

          Nah I was just thinking a 46 year old is maybe a bit past it for first team selection.

          • Mrkgw

            Perhaps. That said, I meant in his prime but hey, reckon he would get a game for us now. On another note, why the ‘blue’ face Leazes?

          • Leazes Ender

            I’ve been a bit unwell

          • Mrkgw

            Ah, not the blueberries or, a case of the old Amber Ale then? Get well soon. :-)

  • GToon

    If he was still playing now Ashley would have sold him, no ifs no buts, sold to the highest bidder. Thank goodness the fat man didn’t get that opportunity.

  • MadMag83

    Titus bloody Bramble