Alan Shearer has been talking about his favourite football stadiums.

The former Newcastle England captain selecting his five top ones.

An interesting choice as the number nine legend draws on his experiences.

No surprise that Alan Shearer is keen to talk about St James Park.

The former Newcastle striker talking about how it was a ‘fairytale’ to go from standing on the terraces to then scoring goals at St James Park, becoming Newcastle’s all-time record goalscorer.

He also picks the San Siro and I’m sure every Newcastle fan who was there back in 2003 will have this stadium high on their list of favourites as well. Alan Shearer reminiscing about his two goals that night in front of 14,000 travelling fans.

Have you ever seen a Mackem in Milan indeed!

Shearer also picks out Marseille’s ground for its excellent atmosphere, having played there for both England and Newcastle.

Anfield also makes the list, a stadium where Alan Shearer and Blackburn sealed their Premier League title.

Today there was also a list published of the 30 top stadiums in Europe by Talksport and all five of Alan Shearer’s choices were in that list, kind of.

Shearer choosing Wembley, but specifically the ‘old’ Wembley.

Once again talking having childhood dreams of playing there, with reality becoming almost perfection when almost winning Euro 96.

Alan Shearer talking to Coral:

St James Park, Newcastle

It was always my dream to play and score at St James Park after standing on the terraces for so many years supporting Newcastle.

I wanted to be the one scoring the goals that got the supporters cheering.

I watched it grow from a capacity of 36,000 to 52,500, and to score my record-breaking goal in front of the Gallowgate End was a fairytale ending to my career that even I never dreamed of or could have imagined.

Wembley, London

The old Wembley – for England not Newcastle! – held some fantastic memories for me.

Again, as a kid I watched it on TV and dreamed of one day playing under the famous Wembley arches.

To captain my country there was the ultimate honour, and the greatest atmosphere I ever played in front of was in Euro ‘96, during the unforgettable 4-1 win over Holland.

San Siro, Milan

In 2003, 14,000 Newcastle fans travelled to Milan (see photo above) to watch us play Inter in the Champions League.

The atmosphere in the San Siro that night was simply electric.  We twice took the lead – I scored both – and although we were eventually pegged back to 2-2, it was a night that the fans who were there will never forget.

We were in Europe, in the Champions League, and boy did the toon army show up for that one!  Simply an amazing night.

Anfield, Liverpool

I stood on the Kop watching Liverpool in an FA Cup tie with my uncle when I was about 9 years old and I always remembered the energy and atmosphere of the kop.

Unlike most other grounds where you got hammered or abused as a player, I always felt Anfield respected a good footballer and so always enjoyed playing there.

I will never forget the atmosphere that day as a kid, and always enjoyed going back as a player.  It remains a special place for me as we won the title there with Blackburn with King Kenny – a Liverpool legend of course – as our boss.

Stade Velodrome, Marseille

It was 1998 and the opening game in the World Cup, England versus Tunisia.

It was my first World Cup, and to walk out as captain of your country in a World Cup match, I don’t think there is a better feeling as a footballer.

We won 2-0 and I scored the opener with a header from a cross from Graeme Le Saux. What a feeling!

I played there again in the UEFA Cup for Newcastle v Marseille – this time I was on the losing side but it was memorable as a young Didier Drogba was starting to make his impact in the game.

The Marseille fans always generated a brilliant atmosphere.

  • Peaky

    His best pal Dalglish knighted today I see…..should be locked in the tower then beheaded for signing Des Hamilton….

    • Themoscow72

      He used to post on here but think he must have got banned. New name likely to be Johnny H as similar sense of humour and good fun unlike some others on here.. Des made it into the book of the worst ever players signed by Newcastle some feat in it’self.

      • Rich Lawson

        Just to be fair,met him at a tournament my lad played at a local Bradford ground after he stopped playing and he was a really nice bloke,made himself available to talk to the parents and sign autographs for the kids all day.

        • Peaky

          Some of today’s overpaid brats should take notice and follow suit…but most of them are “too special”…

    • Kenny

      40 years in England and still speaks like a barking dog

    • Salty

      He also signed Given, Nobby, Dabizas, speed, hamann and took us into the champions league for the first time. All managers sign a few nuggets- just look at some Rafa has signed.
      Most fans around the country will applaud the work dalglish did for hills borough victims not to mention playing and managerial career. All Newcastle fans come up with us signed des Hamilton so should be beheaded. Well done

      • Peaky

        He ruined Keegan’s team….I also didn’t mention Barnes,Rush,Pearce etc……I also didn’t knock any of his charity work…..Souness did the same with SBR’s team by dismantling thinking like Dalglish he knew best…Well done.

      • Cockneytrev

        Haman left after one season, funny enough to Liverpool after they mysteriously knew his buy out amount,,,

      • Superdooperhooper

        I don’t think peaky was being serious about the beheading! But Dalglish was a disaster at nufc. The football was terrible and he gave jobs to the boys. Rush and Barnes were way over the hill

        • Peaky

          Of course not…purely a term….no different to “he wants shooting”…but hey ho…some people can’t help themselves but see things at face value….Rush & Barnes for Ferdinand & Ginola….says it all…

    • Cockneytrev

      An absolute disgrace that he is knighted and Sir Bobby Moore wasn’t,,,

    • Rich Lawson

      Should of been hanged for the phone advert !

      • Peaky

        😂😂 oh aye….totally forget about that.

  • Themoscow72

    The stadiums in Italy overrated and not a great experience with 24 hour booze bans.
    Add on the fact that you get pelted with coins and lighters and when you retaliate the coppers come in and nick you or draw their batons. Memory of Italy is standing outside bars waiting for them to reopen at midnight or drinking bottles of wine in a park as that is all we could get to drink. Anfield holds happy memories the best when the club gave most of the tickets to corporate so did have one. Hitched down Friday night with John the chap from Birtley and got in the kop as three thousand could pay on the day. It was second last game of standing ever in there 27,000 people. To top it off we won two nil Cole and Robert Lee scored and got lift all the way back. Seen Whitley Bay win three times at Wembley and Morpeth once other than that bad memories of that place.

    • Squintytoonarmy

      Bet you been nicked abroad Mosc? Liverpool away was always good. Last minute Mirandinha penalty, Xmas 87 loads locked out and then I think around 88 met a lad from Elswick who had nicked a car down – he was well chuffed as had Gwen Guthrie tapes in it. He happened to be matey with Paul Stephendon so we got complimentary tickets. Reciprocated later when we played Preston at home in the cup, Bob Atkins their centre half is married to a relative.

  • Leazes.


    Neither Shearer or Ryder were old enough to experience St James Park…how it was!

    They grew up in the dark days when the Leazes had been shut down for development which didn’t come.

    In 1979 when Big Al was standing on the Liverpool Kop with his Uncle they still has a stadium and a team to be proud of….we didn’t!

    To this day both Ryder and Shearer hark back to childhood when the Gallowgate was the ‘home end’…. I’ve got news for both….it wasn’t!

    Before the war the stadium officially had a capacity of 70,000, (Record, 68,386 in 1930) After the war for safety reduced to 60,000) and it was different too…. whilst other clubs had separate terraces, ours swept around the hilltop like a bronze age fortification… a stadium continental style not a ground pavillion style.

    Shearer and Ryder never experienced it…. they come from an age of Mordor when the club had died and was run by Orks…and Omnipotent nobodies.

    ….they are happy to see the difference and NOT what it could have been.

    You don’t know what you are talking about Alan!!…. we weren’t always that decrepit.

    • Peaky

      Just a question….do you write the Christmas cards out in Chez Leazes….??? 😂

      • Billmag


      • Kenny


      • Leazes.

        Do you want to know about Big Al’s accent?

        • Peaky

          Tomorrow…just come in from Meadowhall….been told a great story about HoF staff over there….will let you know over weekend..

        • Geordiegiants

          Howare then Leazes.

    • Rich Lawson

      Quite right,always make me laugh seeing our ”new/celebrity” fans talking about their time stood on the Gallowgate. It was the away end and open to the rain while we stood dry in the Leazes

  • DeadToiler

    Pointless article

  • Cockneytrev

    I Was at both Milan and Marseille,,
    The atmosphere in Milan was generated by Newcastle fans, in Marseille it was generated by two guys on megaphones, one behind each goal,, Milan wins hands down…

    • Cockneytrev

      The home fans in Marseille actually set the ground on fire that night, after we had bottles of water taken off us and then locked in, if the fire had spread , we weren’t getting out.

  • DeadToiler

    Kenny Dalglish wasn’t given a fair crack of the whip. I hate the honours system and I’m not particularly a great fan of the bloke. However he did take over a team that was not doing well and got us to second. He got the best out of players such as Elliott and dropped Ginola and Beardsley who weren’t performing. The second season he didn’t have the money that Kevin had had but still signed some decent players: Given, Speed, Solano, Hamman, Ketsbaia – even Jon Dahl Tommason proved to be a good player but didn’t settle due to being played out of position due to necessity. On top of that we had Shearer’s out for most of the session

    • Geordiegiants

      What about Serrant, Hamilton, Rush, Barnes, Pearce etc.
      Thomason was a bag of schit by the way.

      • Peaky

        Mustn’t forget he also thought his son was good enough…Paul wasn’t it…..??? Talk about nepotism…who on earth allowed that to happen ???

        • Geordiegiants

          Fuckinhell how did I forget that lump of shyte.

          • Peaky

            Credit where it’s due….Andersson looked better in an Alice band than Shelvey ever would….🤣🤣

          • Geordiegiants

            Hadn’t forgot him, he was a heap of poo as well.

    • Cockneytrev

      I’m sorry I disagree with you, he desimated a great team, the best team I’ve ever watched as a Newcastle fan,,,, selling ginola and bringing in des Hamilton says it all,, jobs for his has been friends from Liverpool, I’ll never forgive him for what he did.

  • DeadToiler

    Ginola had been found out, Beardsley was past it Ferdinand should not have been sold but that was Shepherd’s decision. All managers have made some bad signings