Middlesbrough Is Biggest Game Of My Football Career – Shearer

Alan Shearer has no doubt that Monday night’s bottom of the table scrap with Middlesbrough, is the biggest game of his career.


Alan Shearer – biggest game oif his career

Alan Shearer has played in FA Cup finals and has been captain of England in European Championships, and has played in the European Champions League so we know Alan has played some massive game in his fantastic career.

But Alan is making a statement to his players and he hopes they will realize just how important this game is for Newcastle United. Quite honestly we still have our doubts about some of out players.

Shearer told Newcastle United TV earlier in the week, that the losers of the game probably find themselves in the Championship next season, and that seems very true.

Alan has come out and said today:

“This is the most important game that I have been involved in, and that includes my time as a player.”

“I’ve been involved in huge games in my time but this is the biggest.” “I don’t have to tell the players that this is one hell of a football match.”

“The stakes are massive.” “There is a tremendous amount of pressure but we’re looking forward to it.”

This is the way Alan approached the Portsmouth game, but by saying just how important the game is could back-fire on some of  our players, because the game may be too much for them.

It’s true that we’ve been less than impressed with some of the guts shown by some of our players, even since Alan arrived.

And as we’ve said before, great players play great when it matters, and a good recent example of that is the goals that Cristiano Ronaldo is scoring for Manchester United right now – he got a couple in the second  leg of the semi-final of the European Champions League this week, and he keeps producing in the big games – when it matters.

Love him or hate him, this boy produces the goods in the big games.

It was no surprise he was selected as the world’s best player last year, and great players have to show their talents when it really counts – and it counts more than ever right now for the Newcastle United Football club – make no mistake about that.

The fact we are still having trouble, with just 3 game to go and have scored just one goal in 5 games, tells you something about our current playing squad, and it’s not good.  That’s why we think Alan will decimate the squad in the summer, whichever league we end up in.

We’ll win nothing with this current bunch, and they may even take us down this season.

But hey, we’d be more than happy to be proved wrong on Monday night – so show us what you’ve got and what you are made of – please!

Comments very welcome.

15 comments so far

  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s me & ‘Wor Jackie’s’ birthday on monday…
    …So, JUST WIN!..

  • Toon Graeme

    May 7, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #2

    If Monday is anything like the day of the Pompey match – I will be a wreck. The stakes are much higher this time though which will probably make me worse.

    Im sure i wont be alone!

    The biggest day in Al’s career is probably gonna be the biggest day we as supporters have seen in the last 16 years of premiership football.

    Lets back the lads, jeer the smoggs and sign we hearts out for our club.

  • OutClassed

    May 7, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Boro is now a MUST win game, and we need to rely on Hull/Sunderland losing and our players showing fight.

    Team to play-


    I think (yn)

  • NotAGhostToon

    May 7, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #4

    If we stay up, is the players reward to stay at the club? I don’t think it will be which makes me think, what is their reward?
    If we go down, more teams will be after the players because they’ll be cheaper, meaning more choice for the players and more competition in terms of wages.
    Basically i’m saying there’s only a select few who have the pride to keep us up and coincidentilly (or quite obviously) they’re our best players!

  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Look at fulham…Pap x 10 last season, really strong this…Go figure!..

    …What a difference a shock makes!..

  • OutClassed

    May 7, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #6

    NotAGhost- I think if we stay up some players will look to leave anyway. A report in the Timesonline yesterday showed what would happen if we went down- made it sound like a walk in the park. Team if we go down?


    Possibly without Bassong and Jonas 🙂

  • NotAGhostToon

    May 7, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Yeahh i know, but what I’m saying is that there is nothing for them to try for within this club. If they are leaving either way what does it matter to them? That does look like a good side, but I think bassong will be our most saught after player if we go down, he may say ‘newcastle gave me the chance so i’ll stick with them’ but i can’t imagine he’d turn someone down like arsenal.
    I recon the two taylors would go to lower half prem teams and jonas either abroad or a mid-league team. Some of the others such as butt may need to be released to get rid of high wages, so basically i don’t see it as simple as that! but i do think we would form a good side for the championship if shearer stays!
    Sorry to be negative I normally have a go at those who are it just crossed my mind and i thought i’d gauge some opinion

  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Ya’ know when the pundits say about bad craic goin’ against ya’…It’ll even out over the season…
    …Well, we’re due at least 3 games of good luck & dodgy decisions goin’ our way!..

    …Aren’t we?..

  • RyanToon

    May 7, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #9

    da da da da fck da boro!

    sing it lads on monday!

  • Whumpie

    May 7, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed – you are right about that berk Ronaldo – he is sickeningly good, especially when it really matters.


    The man is also a loathsome, cheating tool; an excuse for a human and a waste of carbon.

    I’d like to lock him in a small room with Joey Barton and 40 cans of Stella…

  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Spot on whumpie!..

  • Shanghaitoon

    May 7, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Why do they keep playing these critical games on a night time? its 3am in the morning for me in Shanghai. I have work the next day… I have to watch it so will be high on coffee all day tuesday to stay awake… I hope its worth staying up to watch

  • OutClassed

    May 7, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #13

    ShanghaiToon- I hope it’s worth you staying up for as well! Saying that, I’ll be happy with a gritty 1-0 win. At the moment I don’t care how the 3 points come our way. 🙂

    NotAGhostToon- You make a very good point, and I suppose the only way I can see any players being motivated is to showcase themselves for other clubs to pick them up. However, for the younger and slightly less experienced players, they can use this to show Shearer/Dowie what they’re capable of and why they might be worthy of starting next season.

    Out of interest, team without the players you mentioned would look something like:


    Can’t think of any other RB’s we have on our books atm 🙂

  • Sav

    May 8, 2009 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Not sure how much decimating of squads you can do on 15m these days, Ed. And the profit from sales is unlikely to buy more than a fresh set of cones.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 9, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #15



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