Striker who idolises Newcastle legend aims for Alan Shearer goal celebration at Sunderland
The very final Alan Shearer goal celebration of his career was on 17 April 2006.
It couldn’t have been more fitting.
The United great scoring in a 4-1 win away at Sunderland.
Running around the Stadium of Light with one arm in the air.
Over 13 years later we could be seeing that trademark Alan Shearer celebration resurrected at the Stadium of Light.
Tom Hopper is dreaming of doing it against Sunderland, having grown up idolising the Newcastle and England legend.
The Southend striker is hoping to help his team turn their season around at the expense of Sunderland, who are in disarray. The fans already wanting new manager Phil Parkinson sacked after losing to Wycombe, Shrewsbury and Oxford in three of their first four games.
Southend are only second bottom due to Bolton having been docked 12 points.
It has been all change at Southend as well, with a new manager and significant Newcastle influence.
One-time NUFC defender Sol Campbell is now in charge, bringing with him another Newcastle United striking legend in Andy Cole, who is working with the likes of striker Tom Hopper.
You can see the headlines…Southend hat-trick hero sinks Sunderland, trained by Andy Cole and inspired by Alan Shearer.
Tom Hopper talking to the Echo:
“Growing up it was Alan Shearer I idolised and that’s why I celebrate with one hand up, just like he used to, every time I score.
“Arsenal was actually my team as a kid but it was Shearer I looked up to most because he was a great player.
“I’ve always done that celebration and of course it would be great to do it again tomorrow.
“But it’s getting the result that matters most because we want to start putting things right.
“The manager (Sol Campbell) has come in with fresh ideas and he’s working us hard but it’s been good.
“Everything is very detailed.
“The sessions(with Andy Cole) have been enjoyable and he’s passing on lots of advice.
“When someone with a career like he had says something you definitely take it on board.”
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