Alan Shearer 'very, very lucky' to have statue outside St James' Park

Alan Shearer with his statue outside St James' Park
Alan Shearer with his statue outside St James' Park
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Former England captain Alan Shearer said he was very proud and honoured to unveil a bronze statue of himself in his home city of Newcastle.

The 46-year-old, who is still the Premier League's record goal scorer, was speaking next to the 16 foot high statue that now stands outside St James' Park.

The Alan Shearer statue

The Alan Shearer statue

Funded by former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd, the installation showsShearer with his famous one hand in the air goal celebration.

"I'm very proud and honoured to be stood here with this statue, I'm in great company with Jackie Milburn and Sir Bobby only 20 yards away," he said.

"Never, ever did I think when I left home at 15 to go to Southampton to be a professional footballer that one day I would have a statue.

"I'm a very, very lucky guy. I scored goals, I was half decent at it, I would have done it if I didn't get paid and there's many coaches, players and staff at all the clubs I have been with that I have to thank and it's as much for those guys as it is for me."

The Alan Shearer statue

The Alan Shearer statue

Signing for Newcastle in 1996 for £15m from Blackburn, Shearer also went on to score 30 goals for England in 63 caps.

He was joined at the unveiling by his wife and three children as well as by former England and Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan.

Mr Shepherd said: "Alan was one of the greatest players ever to wear the Newcastle shirt. It is now 10 years since he retired and our family decided that fans shouldn't have to wait any longer for his unique career to be properly recognised.

"We are proud and delighted to have been able to create a lasting monument to not only a great footballer, but also a fine man who has done so much for the communities in Newcastle through his charity work."