One of the homework items Papiss Cisse could do while he has a little bit of spare time out there in Africa, is to check out Alan Shearer’s goal-scoring record at Newcastle.
Alan Shearer – one of the 206 goals he scored for Newcastle
Over a magical 10 year period when he was on Newcastle’s books and wore the number 9 shirt, the Gosforth lad played in 404 games for Newcastle and scored 206 goals, which is a record for Newcastle United, beating the previous record of 200 goals by the great Jackie Milburn – my very first hero at Newcastle.
Alan also played for Southampton and Blackburn Rovers, and he won the Premier League title back in 1995 with Blackburn when Kenny Dalglish was the manager, and in that season Blackburn amassed 89 points, one point more than Manchester United.
Newcastle were in 6th place on 72 points from the 42 games that were played in that season under manager Kevin Keegan.
Alan Shearer scored a total of 379 goals in 733 total club appearances and scored 30 goals for England in 63 appearances.
That’s a goal-scoring record which is simply amazing – Alan Shearer was simply a goal-scoring machine.
And the great man has spoken out today about Newcatle’s new number 9 – Papiss Cisse – who was signed last Tuesday in a whirlwind deal from SC Freiburg.
This is what Alan told The Times today:
“It’s one of the most iconic shirts in football, certainly in this country, and I’m delighted somebody has come in and is going to wear it,”
“I hope Cisse enjoys the experience as much as I did. It’s a privilege and some great names have been there before.”
“I can understand why it was kept empty when Andy Carroll left. There are expectations, but the biggest is a simple one – that you score goals. That’s what comes with the shirt.”
“I have heard people say that it can be a heavy shirt, but I think there’s a responsibility.”
“Newcastle is a big club with a terrific crowd and if you work hard, fans will take to you. The most important thing is that Cisse wants to wear it. That’s encouraging.”
Newcastle fans are looking forward to when Cisse will make his debut for Newcastle, and if Senegal do well in the African Cup of Nations, that’s likely to be in the home game against Wolves on 25th February.
And we wonder with Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba now in the team, what the odds are of Newcastle scoring at least five goals in one of the remaining league games?
It’s just a thought, but the main thing of course is that we keep winning those league games and getting up that league table, so we can qualify for Europe next season.
And there’s still the FA Cup too, of course.