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FFC Hall of Fame – Newcastle United’s ‘Big Al’

Alan Shearer is a god in the north east and is a hero for much if not all of the Toon Army. He scored goals for fun for Southampton, Blackburn, Newcastle and of course England and was an old fashioned type certain forward. By turning down a move to Manchester United and choosing his boy-hood club, he will be idolised by Newcastle fans forever.

Shearer is the deadliest goal scorer in Premier League history. Alan Shearer is simply a hero on the Tyne, was a talismanic England skipper and has a Premier League winner’s medal to boot. The Geordie front man remains the only player to score 100 goals for two different Premiership clubs and averaged a magnificent 25 goals a season over his prolific career. A master from the penalty spot and brave enough to stick his head in and get hurt Shearer was quite simply a goal scoring machine.

Shearer remains the all time top Premiership scorer to date, scoring 260 FA Premier League goals and putting him over 50 goals ahead of any of the contenders for his crown. He was the top Premiership goal scorer for three consecutive seasons between 1995 and 1997 and is in a league of his own when it comes to prolific and consistent goal scorers.

One thing that makes Shearer an even greater player is the fact that he came back from a couple of career-threatening injuries and continued to bang in the goals. Shearer was arguably at his peak when he played for Blackburn before injuries started to plague him. In the days when Blackburn won the FA Premier League in the 1994/95 season, Shearer was the complete striker, as he had pace, power and a deadly eye for goal.

When Shearer turned down Manchester United in 1996 and instead signed for Newcastle, it was a brave move as he turned down silverware in favour of living the dream and pulling on the black and white shirt. That record £15 million transfer came after Shearer’s most successful international tournament, as he won the golden boot at Euro 96. Shearer also lies 7th on the list of all time England goal scorers, with 30 goals in 63 caps.

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Article title: FFC Hall of Fame – Newcastle United’s ‘Big Al’

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