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Newcastle Legend – I’ve Had A Brilliant Day

6:46 pm, Sunday, October 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 77 Comments

The Newcastle United Entertainers drew 2-2 in their game with a Manchester United Select XI at Kingston Park this afternoon to commemorate the 5-0 thrashing Newcastle gave the Red Devils on October 20th, 1996.

And yes – well of course – one of Newcastle’s goals was scored by Alan Shearer in the first half.


Alan Shearer – scores again
Hang on – why is his finger not in the air??


Alan was the (player) manager of the Newcastle side today and at 46 years of age he managed to play the full first half.

This is what Alan said to the Chronicle after the game – and he hinted that may be the last goal the fans ever see him scoring:

“I got the old celebration out one more time but I don’t think you’ll be seeing that again.”

“I’m pretty sure that’s me done with football – I thought I was only going to do 10 or 15 minutes but I felt alright and did 45.”

“I got around the back and got the goal as well, which was obviously great for me!”

“There definitely wasn’t the pace of old out there from the lads, but there was some good football on display and I’ve had a brilliant day.”

“I feel very proud and very honored.” “It’s been a great day, with four goals and so everyone goes home.”

“It was also a decent standard of football that was played in the right spirit with more than 6,000 here.”

“I owe the fans and the players a huge debt. The lads could easily have had a week off, but they chose to come for the weekend instead.”

“Of course then you have the fans turning up as they did as well, so I am very, very grateful.” 

“It’s been a great Sunday for me.”

A really sincere Alan Shearer there – and of course it’s all for charity – The Alan Shearer Foundation.

It’s great that Alan is getting himself fully involved in charity work – all credit goes to him for doing that.

More than 6,000 fans turned up for the game, so that was a terrific turn out from the Newcastle fans – as usual.

And a good day was had by all.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Alan Shearer · Charity · Newcastle News · Other News

77 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Oct 9, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    All for a great cause.

    Well done for those who turned up.

  • 2 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 7:44 PM


    Mitro starts tonight for Serbia v Austria !

    I’m watching it on Polish tv (don’t ask )

    They are playing at Red Star Belgrade’s ground Crvena Zvezda Stadium.

    Horrible wet night in Belgrade

  • 3 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Two Mitrovic’s playing tonight
    Stefan and Aleksandar

  • 4 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Anyone else getting this? Watching serbia and austria, but the commentary is from the iceland game! Mitro in with a brave header. Getting his head amongst the feet! 🙂

  • 5 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Mitro scores! 🙂

  • 6 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Mitro scores !!!!!!!!!!

  • 7 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Snap! 🙂

  • 8 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Cool finish, sent the keeper the wrong way. You got the right commentary there Jib? This is a poor service I’m overpaying for. 🙂

  • 9 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:02 PM


  • 10 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Austria equalises
    Stojkovic the Forest goalie pretty naff like

  • 11 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    My commentary is in Polish – Bobby

  • 12 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Jesus, he could start a row in a confessional. Nearly booked for it. Lucky lad.

  • 13 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Bobby did you see Arnautovic slalom through the Serbian defense before – like they weren’t there !

  • 14 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Jib, dunno how to respond to that mate! 🙂 mine’s in english and would be fine, if i was watching that game. Can’t believe how long it’s gone on for. Been having trouble with recordings as well. Get in mitro!

  • 15 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Mitro header !!!!!!

  • 16 lesh // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:12 PM


    You see, Jib has got a purpose! 😉

    And all his critics should lay off him. No, that’s not a cue for more bickering.

  • 17 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    He’s a canny player like. Plays well for stoke too. Nice to mitro on a hattrick after only 25 minutes. Ouch! Expect repercussions! 🙂

  • 18 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Been quiet lesh, long may that continue. Mitrovic’s playing well tonight, two well taken goals. Start him on saturday, he’s on a roll. 🙂

  • 19 lesh // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:28 PM


    It seems to have been quiet so far.

    Last night was way way over the top all because there seem to be a small number of petty and really bitter posters in our midst.

    It’s a pity they couldn’t modify their behaviour. If that’s not possible, they might even consider not reading the posts if doing so annoys them so much!

  • 20 lesh // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Reading the Chronic, it seems that Tino rocked up for todays fund-raiser suffering the effects of Saturday night in the town. He must’ve had some milk that’d turned!!! Naughty temperance hotel cook!

    Shearer hadn’t intended to play but under the circumstances…

    Anyone know if Tino got on?

  • 21 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Lesh, got mental like. Let’s hope when they come back it’s a bit more friendly. Don’t really wanna talk about it mate, it’ll only start it up again. Just enjoying the peace. 🙂

  • 22 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Tino started but only lasted 10 minutes (alchoholic remorse I believe)

  • 23 lesh // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:39 PM


    Alcoholic remorse


  • 24 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Serbia at times look like they’ve never trained together and are doing a lot of stuff off the cuff .

  • 25 simon376 // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Thanks guys

  • 26 sing in the corner // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Mitro’s header was unstoppable, and a neat finish into the corner before that. He’s just plain crazy though – did you see him ‘worrying’ the corner flag in celebration?

  • 27 sing in the corner // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Yeah Bobby I was half watching in the first half and got confused by the commentator getting excited for an Iceland goal, when I glanced up the ball was getting passed about by Serbia in their own half with Austria chasing after it! Befuddled for a moment!

  • 28 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Sick it mitro! He’s definitely off his barnet like. Still, showing Rafa what he can do can only be beneficial to us matey. Hattrick would go down well.

  • 29 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    I switched it off and started again looks like I’m getting the right commentary this time. Indeed I have. Could be a big win for Serbia.

  • 30 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Apparently the serbia camp resembles The Bounty at the moment. (Not the chocolate bar, the ship). Not a happy camp by all accounts.

  • 31 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Oooh! Mitro so close. Offside anyway.

  • 32 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Mitro on fire tonight for sure.

  • 33 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Mitro has defo calmed down.

    Three months ago that Austrian that was screaming in his face for playing on after an injury would have been flattened – instead he just stuck his arms in the air – that’s classic Spanish coaching for you.

  • 34 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Oh dear serbia. Shambolic.

  • 35 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Arnautovic was offside by yards in that goal, when it was tapped forward.

  • 36 sing in the corner // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Strange but good game this. The ground’s a bit empty like. Some shocking defending on display..

  • 37 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Great goal by Tadic but Mitro made it !

  • 38 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    3-2 What a weirdly cracking game, you ain’t wrong there sing. Great viewing but a coaches nightmare! 🙂

  • 39 sing in the corner // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    This could finish 8.7

  • 40 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Was Mitro laughing when he went down feigning injury ?

  • 41 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Lmao! Involved in all five goals then. Or as that the other one? 🙂

  • 42 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    Mitro off unscathed thank gawd !

  • 43 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    He’s in danger of getting motm here

  • 44 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Serbia going to tough it out defending for the last 15 minutes or so – tempting fate

  • 45 stuart no9 // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    just got back from the legends game at kingston park and i must say how i wish peter beardsley was 20 years younger . He has still got that touch on the ball, even if the dazzling runs in the box are long gone , his touch turn and defence splitting passes were still there to admire. what he would cost today would be well out of our price range , but still , what a player.

  • 46 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Ireland cruising now as well. Two from MacClean. Imagine him and Mitro just being in the same room? 🙂

  • 47 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Stuart, strange how he can’t pass that on innit? Just too instinctive to coach those skills though. You got, or you ain’t and he’s got it in spades.

  • 48 sing in the corner // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Yeah PB…fantastic player, shame when he moved on, we lost him far too early! I loved that little hip shimmy he used to do and tie defenders in knots.. Happy memories!

  • 49 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    I thought he might struggle to repeat his performances from the first time around, but he went and exceeded them. And they say never go back! 🙂

  • 50 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Serbia now reminding me of Sunlun
    Seven across the back and three defensive midfielders

  • 51 Jib // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Serbia 3 Austria 2

  • 52 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Daft but enjoyable game that jib. Helped by Mitro’s performance. Two and an assist to remind Rafa what he can do.

  • 53 stuart no9 // Oct 9, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    bobby / sing . you said it , you cant teach that , if you could wed have one of the best and most gifted teams in the country . yes we seen his talent for a few years but i think that we never seen him in a black and white shirt in his pomp, pity but that is what newcastle was all about then , beardsley, waddle, gazza ? shame

  • 54 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Remember that goal at portsmouth? Defenders flying in and missing everything as he waltzed poetically through the defence? Amazing. 🙂

  • 55 AncientC // Oct 9, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Isn’t Mitrovic one of those rubbish players signed by Graham Carr, a deal feasibly struck with a hefty envelope going into Carr’s inside pocket. (If he can remember where he leaves his jackets)

  • 56 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 9, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Well Mitrovic is Mondial, so Carr got his usual wedge. It just so happened we got a worthwhile player from them for a change. Unfortunately he’s been poorly managed by the Wally and the Waiter since he’s been here.

  • 57 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Ancient, he had a blinder today for Serbia mate. Can he do that for us though? Might play Saturday so we might find out. He was involved in everything tonight, two goals and an assist. That’s the player we signed, I know it is. 🙂

  • 58 AncientC // Oct 9, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    I highly doubt Carr is skimming off the top, not when a shylock like Mike Ashley is the owner. If anybody knows how to pilfer, it is MA himself.

    Carr’s recruits seem to be excelling under Benitez.

  • 59 stuart no9 // Oct 9, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    bobby — and no fluke , week in wweek out , his goals were never ordinary , defenders knew what was coming when he picked the ball up just on the 18 yard , but trying to stop him was a different story. we could do with a player like him now but realistically who is in his league and available. i keep saying we need a PB but i also know there is none about.

  • 60 AncientC // Oct 9, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Bobbybee, Mitrovic I hope, will start getting more games. Considering the ordeal the club went through to sign him, he will not be around much longer if he does not get games.

    There will be plenty of other clubs willing to take on a young international striker, showing the promise that Mitrovic has… I guess it is just a question of system and suitability.

  • 61 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Well chaps, got a couple of things still to do, then it’s an early night for me. Only six days until the next game and I can’t wait for it. Six days? Nowt really. G’night from Northumberland.

  • 62 Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith // Oct 9, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Mitro really is very good, although undone a little by a lack of pace and inconsistent finishing. His heading and hold up play are beyond a genuine asset at Championship level. I have two current theories on the go.

    The first is that Mitro is out of the team because of his early suspension, which gave Gayle the shirt, which he has doing enough to keep, but that overall we are not as good as we would be if Mitrovic were playing instead.

    The second regards Ashley and this idea that he has little choice but to back Benitez. I think he has little choice but to spend to compete considering how awash with money the epl is along with the stature of the manager and the failures of the previous approach, and that makes 7 to 8 more than achievable. But top six would require a level of spending that will give Ashley pause to think, and Rafa will not hang around for anything less.

  • 63 Bobbybee // Oct 9, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Be rude not to. Stuart, we’ve got one out on loan, just sharpening up his skills. Not the same type of player, but one to get you off your seat all the same. Long way to go before he gets anywhere near like, but they all start somewhere.

    Ancient, Rafa must have watched that and can’t fail to have noticed how much fitter he looked and sharper. He clearly hasn’t been matchfit lately, but tonight he looked ready. Get him playing! That really looked like what we thought we’d bought. Hope he’s just getting started! 🙂
    Anyway, g’night lads.

  • 64 Mister Tuff // Oct 9, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Mitros goals on the Mag site.

    Second goal very good. Much better when he is attacking a ball as opposed to jumping with a CB.

    Normally with the boot upfield the CB comes in over the top of him and clears the ball.
    Being free for a run onto a cross seems to get the best from him.

  • 65 Average_Contents // Oct 9, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Very well taken goals by Mitro.

    Anyone got a link to his assist?

  • 66 Average_Contents // Oct 9, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Oh and well done Shearer for arranging the legends match where all the proceeds go to his charity.

    Obviously the match didn’t mean anything apart from to raise money but you know….

  • 67 beermonkey // Oct 9, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    cheers for the link tuff

  • 68 Mister Tuff // Oct 9, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    no probs.
    Full highlights link here. Not sure about the assist for the third goal though. Hard to say whether the ball was played behind him or a deliberate dummy,

  • 69 cyprus // Oct 10, 2016 at 4:47 AM

    Mitro has spoken. Play him.

  • 70 Jib // Oct 10, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Rafa won’t like this !

    Too much money too young

  • 71 cyprus // Oct 10, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    Thanks Mr.T. ‘Lucky’ third goal

  • 72 sing in the corner // Oct 10, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Hmmm, people around Rolando are going to have help him. This kind of thing can quickly set up a reputation and follow him round with or without justification. If he didn’t already, he’ll have a big target over his head now when he hits the town, unfortunately.

  • 73 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 10, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Shunted by Bristol City on the grounds of doubts about his character. I have that from a rock solid source. (Uncle Ken, Jib)

  • 74 hibbit // Oct 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    The overrated Frenchman

    you and Rolando should get on really well !!
    why is it you take so much pleasure in knocking all things newcastle …………just makes me wonder why………….. are you a mackem…………. never seen a positive post from you ever

  • 75 Jib // Oct 10, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    This article is interesting as it shows the album cover of John Lennon’s 1974 record “Walls and Bridges” which features a painting by Lennon done when he was aged 11 – of the 1952 FA cup final between The Toon and the Gunners.
    The reason it’s of interest to the writer is that he thought Alexis Sanchez was the first Chilean to score in Cup Final.
    In fact it was George(Jorge)Robledo (the only goal of the game in the 84th minute) he is actually pictured by Lennon along with Jackie Milburn.
    Maybe another Hispanic connection will get us more silverware !

  • 76 Ian Toon // Oct 10, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    TOF– So let’s be clear – this is a reliable source after all !!
    “Uncle Fester heard it from Uncle Ken” . All we need now is a further ringing endorsement from everyone’s source of …..uncle expat. What do you call a bright spark living in Australia ?
    A New Zealander –
    I personally preferred Back to the Future. What goes around comes around. After all!

  • 77 Jib // Oct 10, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    You must be a mind reader
    I was just thinking vis a vis ToF
    “why does some hick from Hicksville Australia come on to a toon blog so obviously angling for a bite – the SMB’s fascination with our club is really creepy “

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