Alan Shearer reveals which five stadiums from across the world are his favourite whilst visiting as a supporter as well as being a footballer.
The former Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and England striker talks about those he had visited from his childhood and his playing days in the Premier League, UEFA Cup, Champions League, the Euros and World Cup.
Despite many a new shiny ground being built these days, English football still has plenty of iconic stadiums left to admire and check out before they start to disappear.
ALAN SHEARER’S CAREER:
Wallsend Boys Club
1986–1988 – Southampton
1988–1992 – Southampton – 118 games (23 goals)
1992–1996 – Blackburn Rovers – 138 games (112 goals)
1996–2006 – Newcastle United – 303 games (148 goals)
Total – 559 games (283 goals)
1990–1992 – England U21 – 11 games (13 goals)
1992 – England B – 1 game (0 goals)
1992–2000 – England – 63 games (30 goals)
2009 Newcastle United (interim)
Take a look at which he has named in an interview with Coral below and on the next page…
ST JAMES PARK (Newcastle United)
— Capital NE News (@CapitalNENews) September 12, 2016
Talking to Coral, Shearer said: “It was always my dream to play and score at St James Park after standing on the terraces for so many years supporting Newcastle.
“I wanted to be the one scoring the goals that got the supporters cheering.
“I watched it grow from a capacity of 36,000 to 52,500, and to score my record-breaking goal in front of the Gallowgate End was a fairytale ending to my career that even I never dreamed of or could have imagined.”
📆 18th June 1996
🏆 Euro ’96
🙌 England 4-1 Holland
⚽️ Shearer 23′, 57′
⚽️ Sheringham 51′, 62′
One of England’s best ever displays. pic.twitter.com/TCNfBYV9SN
— WeLoveBetting (@WeLoveBettingUK) June 18, 2017
Talking to Coral, Shearer said: “The old Wembley – for England not Newcastle! – held some fantastic memories for me.
“Again, as a kid I watched it on TV and dreamed of one day playing under the famous Wembley arches.
“To captain my country there was the ultimate honour, and the greatest atmosphere I ever played in front of was in Euro ‘96, during the unforgettable 4-1 win over Holland.”
SAN SIRO (AC Milan & Inter Milan)
Shearer in the San Siro iconic. pic.twitter.com/28qoWdOvdq
— Rafa Fans #BRUCEOUT (@FactsRafa) May 22, 2020
Talking to Coral, Shearer said: “In 2003, 14,000 Newcastle fans travelled to Milan (see photo above) to watch us play Inter in the Champions League.
“The atmosphere in the San Siro that night was simply electric. We twice took the lead – I scored both – and although we were eventually pegged back to 2-2, it was a night that the fans who were there will never forget.
“We were in Europe, in the Champions League, and boy did the toon army show up for that one! Simply an amazing night.”
We continue a look at Alan Shearer’s favourite stadiums and what he said about them. So far we’ve had the San Siro, Wembley and of course St James Park.
🙋♂️ “Shearer! Shearer! Shearer!”
— Blackburn Rovers (@Rovers) May 14, 2020
Talking to Coral, Shearer said:“I stood on the Kop watching Liverpool in an FA Cup tie with my uncle when I was about 9 years old and I always remembered the energy and atmosphere of the kop.
“Unlike most other grounds where you got hammered or abused as a player, I always felt Anfield respected a good footballer and so always enjoyed playing there.
“I will never forget the atmosphere that day as a kid, and always enjoyed going back as a player. It remains a special place for me as we won the title there with Blackburn with King Kenny – a Liverpool legend of course – as our boss.”
STADE VELODROME (Marseille)
— worldcupweblog (@worldcupweblog) January 2, 2018
Talking to Coral, Shearer said:“It was 1998 and the opening game in the World Cup, England versus Tunisia.
“It was my first World Cup, and to walk out as captain of your country in a World Cup match, I don’t think there is a better feeling as a footballer.
“We won 2-0 and I scored the opener with a header from a cross from Graeme Le Saux. What a feeling!
“I played there again in the UEFA Cup for Newcastle v Marseille – this time I was on the losing side but it was memorable as a young Didier Drogba was starting to make his impact in the game.
“The Marseille fans always generated a brilliant atmosphere.”
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