Newcastle unveiled the statue this afternoon of one of their all time greats – legendary striker Alan Shearer – and the man himself seems to be humbled by it all.
In his comments Alan said he fulfilled every dream at what he calls his club.
Alan Shearer in front of his statue today
Their were lots of fans who turned out for the unveiling with the cost of the statue being borne by former Chairman Freddy Shepherd, and his family.
Newcastle signed Alan for a then world-record fee of £15M back in the summer of 1996 and in 404 games for his home town club he scored a record 206 goals.
He is one of the best signings for the money that Newcastle have ever made, given his fantastic contributions over 10 seasons to Newcastle United.
This is what Alan has said today:
“It’s been an incredible journey since 1996, never did I think I would be stood here with a statue behind me.”
“I fulfilled every dream of playing for this football club, our football club, my football club and I shared it with every single player, with every single member of staff and with every fan that came to the games.”
“It will give me an immensely proud feeling when I come down this road, when I come to this ground to see this here.”
“Because I enjoyed playing football and I was lucky enough to play football in front of you guys.”
“It’s an incredible feeling.”
Alan scored a record 260 goals in the Premier League and in his total career he scored 379 in 734 games.
For England he notched 30 goals in 63 appearances.
This is what Rafa Benitez said today:
“Alan was an incredible player – the perfect number 9 – and he had a fantastic career representing this great club.”
“The statue is a perfect tribute to a true club legend.” “I send Alan my very best wishes for a memorable day.”
Alan Shearer was one of the greatest ever players to wear the famous black and white stripes of Newcastle United.