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.
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.
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.