The Evening Chroncile is reporting today that there are plans in place for the unveiling of an Alan Shearer statue on St James’ Boulevard.
Alan Shearer – always scoring
The report is that the statue will be in place before the summer, and it’s great news that one of Newcastle’s best ever players, and the top goalscorer at Newcastle with 206 goals in 404 games for the club, will always be remembered for what he did for Newcastle United, his hometown club.
Of course it is also fitting that the statue will be in place for the Olympic football tournament, with St James’ Park being one of the venues for the event.
With the recent upsetting news that the club will sell the naming rights of St. James’ Park, it’s a relief to hear that the Olympic committee has already ruled the stadium must retain its original non-commercial name for the tournament.
Jackie Milburn – the great one
And it seems that the complete plans call for the top two goalscorers ever at Newcastle, Jackie Milburn, 200 goals in 496 appearances for the Magpies, and Shearer, both local lads, will have life-size statues created by local sculptor Tom Maley.
Maley has already developed a Wor Jackie statue, and the project has gathered significant support from the Newcastle fans in recent months.
Maley is in discussions with the Newcastle City Council and Nexus for the creation of the new Alan Shearer statue.
Nexus operate the St James’ Metro station behind the Gallowgate End, which by the way will not have its name changed if and when the naming rights to the stadium are sold.
This is indeed good news today, that two of the best-ever players for Newcastle will be memorialized with life size statues. 😀