Alan Shearer picked up many accolades and honours as a professional footballer in his playing career.
Captaining Newcastle United and England, as well as picking up a Premier League winners medal with Blackburn.
He also scored a few goals…
Since hanging up his boots, Alan Shearer has continued to be recognised for his achievements.
Not less for his charity work, especially with the excellent Alan Shearer Foundation.
The Newcastle legend having added a CBE to the OBE he picked up during his playing days.
Now however, a campaign has started to have a permanent reminder of where it all started, going back to his roots.
Alan Shearer already has a road named after him in Blackburn (see image above) and now he could be set to have the patch of grass named after him in Gosforth, where he used to have a kick around as a kid.
Newcastle Upon Tyne Liberal Democrats:
‘We residents of Grange Estate, Gosforth, and football fans everywhere, call upon Newcastle City Council and other appropriate authorities to name the green in the centre of Park Avenue, Grange after the England and Newcastle captain, and still the Premiership’s leading goal scorer, Alan Shearer OBE.
In his autobiography “My illustrated career”, the Newcastle legend and inspiration for countless young people describes the debt he owes to this open space.
“They were humble beginnings, no different from many thousands of other Geordie kids, but my childhood on the Park Avenue Estate in Gosforth was exceptional in my eyes. It was there that I learned how to kick a football, or rather I was made to kick one…..When I was old enough to step into the outside world, or rather the patch of grass on the estate near my house, my football education took another step forward.”
He also attended Grange First School and Gosforth High School (now Academy). We believe that this proposal will help to encourage budding footballers to follow their dreams, and will remind local people that greatness can come from anywhere.’
If you want to show your support for the idea go here.