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Alan Shearer had no choice: “I was born in Newcastle…I had to support Newcastle, I had to play for Newcastle”

2 years ago
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Alan Shearer says that character is needed when you play for Newcastle United.

The NUFC legend saying that when you go a goal or two down that is when you really find out about players.

Shearer was interviewed as he walked around inside St James Park and declared how it was always his dream to play for Newcastle.

The former Newcastle and England captain stating: ‘I was born in Newcastle…I had to support Newcastle, I had to play for Newcastle.’

Many of us share those first two sentiments/experiences but not many get to realise the third.

Quite incredible to think how lucky we were that Alan Shearer was prepared to sign for Newcastle when he could have chosen any club in the world AND stayed here until his retirement, even giving up his England shirt so he could devote everything to the club he supports.

Only 12 months after Alan Shearer hung up his boots, Mike Ashley arrived at St James Park.

Amongst the many disgraceful things we have seen in these past 12 years has been the NUFC owner’s treatment of club legends Keegan and Shearer.

The fact Alan Shearer’s statue had to be sited away from club property tells you everything about Mike Ashley.

The former number nine is one of us and sums up the current situation perfectly: ‘It has been tough for the supporters over the last few years to see what is going on but I still get the buzz whenever I drive past here, whenever I come to a match, because we are fans. We just want our football club to do well and we want to come here and cheer our club on.’

All we want is to have our hopes and dreams, Alan Shearer helped give us those, whilst Mike Ashley has done everything he can to ensure fans give up on both.

Alan Shearer speaking to Coral:

“It was my dream to play here [at St James Park].

“I was born in Newcastle…I had to support Newcastle, I had to play for Newcastle.

“So then to walk out here for the very first time on my debut for Newcastle against Wimbledon, scoring at the Leazes End with a free-kick…my dream had come true.

“I’m biased, because I’m from here and this is my football club and always will be, I was an extremely lucky boy to have played here and wore the number nine shirt for ten years.

“There is something very different and unique about that number nine shirt, the players before me who have worn that shirt, it’s special and a big thing to have.

“I was here for 10 years as a player,┬áscored some decent goals.

“Probably the best goal of my career here, that volley against Everton at the Gallowgate, but the biggest and best feeling, the most important goal, was when I broke Jackie Milburn’s record [against Portsmouth].

“Jackie Milburn was one of my dad’s heroes and that record stood for so long. So for me, a scruffy kid from Gosforth, who was brought up in a two-three bedroom council house, it was just a dream.

“An incredible feeling and the hairs on the back of my neck were still standing up 10-15 minutes later, the crowd still singing my name.”

On the Newcastle fans:

“When things are going very well for you, you can hear everything and you are full of confidence.

“We always used to prefer shooting down the hill, shooting towards the Gallowgate End in the second half.

“But teams coming here also know that if they keep it quiet for the first twenty or twenty five minutes, then it is a small part of their job done, because you could always feel a little bit of frustration from the fans if we didn’t get on top of the game early.

“But it was always our job to do that and to entertain the fans…we felt the need to do that, but once you are doing well, once you are winning, this crowd is electric – it is incredible.

“It has been tough for the supporters over the last few years to see what is going on but I still get the buzz whenever I drive past here, whenever I come to a match, because we are fans.

“We just want our football club to do well and we want to come here and cheer our club on.”

Character needed?:

“It’s very easy to play football when you are winning, a lot easier to play football when you are winning and you are full of confidence.

“You find out your character when you are not winning, when you are one or two down, when the crowd is moaning, groaning and sometimes booing.

“You find out your characters who are prepared to say ‘Give me the ball, I’m not frightened to make a mistake in front of fifty thousand. I don’t care if I can hear they’re moaning or groaning’….that is how you find out who your characters are.”

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