Alan Shearer has done it all – he’s captained England and he’s captained Newcastle United.
Alan was signed by Newcastle in 1996 for a then world record fee of £15M and many would say Alan is the best buy the club has ever made in the transfer market to bring one of our own back to Newcastle.
Alan turned down Manchester United to play for his home town club for 10 years and scored some memorable and unbelievable goals in that time.
An image of Alan Shearer we will never forget
Guts and glory – what it means to play for Newcastle
Alan knows all about what it takes to be successful in front of the demanding Geordie fans – and what they want to see is guts and courage from their players – especially when things get tough.
It’s easy to play well when everything is going well and the team is winning easily.
And Alan has said today in his Coral column that he has seen some very good players at Newcastle fail because they basically lacked the character and courage necessary.
This is how Alan put it:
“St. James Park is a superb atmosphere. That can work either way because the demand here, certainly in the first 15 or 20 minutes of every game, is for you to attack and score goals.”
“If you haven’t scored within the first 15 or 20 minutes, then you can feel the other team start to grow in confidence.”
“You can hear one or two little moans and groans around the stadium – but in the main, you have 52,000 backing you”
“The fans desire to win a game here, their desire for success, is just unbelievable because they’ve just been starved of it over the years.”
“I’ve seen some very, very good players at Newcastle on the training ground but when they come onto the pitch, in front of 52,000 and they demand you come out and play, then that’s when you find out who your characters are.”
“When it’s not going well for you, then you see the guys who have got a bit about them and still demand the ball, want the ball, and are prepared or not scared to make mistakes.”
During his time at Newcastle he scored a fantastic 206 goals in 404 appearances – and that goal-scoring record is likely to last for a very long time at Newcastle.
Here’s just a sampling of some of those goals – unbelievable.