Alan Shearer: English legend of football
Last month, Alan Shearer ended his 18 year striking career. His final game was away at Sunderland, and it was fitting that he scored the crucial second goal from the penalty-spot in a 4-1 win before picking up a knee ligament injury that prematurely bought his retirement forward a month early.
I definitely consider Alan Shearer to be one of the best English strikers of all-time, and perhaps the best I've seen in my time watching football. These stats go some way to explaining why:
43 goals in 158 games for Southampton
130 goals in 171 games for Blackburn (and a Premiership medal in 1994-95 season)
206 goals in 404 games for Newcastle (club record goalscorer)
260 goals in 441 Premiership games (Premiership record goalscorer)
30 goals in 63 games for England (national captain from 1996-2000)
409 goals in 796 games (total career goals)
What I especially like about Shearer is that he was a master at scoring a variety of different goals. He was a specialist at hammering them in from 25 yards; power-heading them in from 10 yards; drilling them in from 4 yards… and before picking up a terrible cruciate knee-injury in 1997 he also had explosive pace that would see him surge past defences onto passes from midfield. He really was an all-round great striker.
Although he will be best remembered as Newcastle's prolific all-time record goalscorer and captain, I feel his absolute peak was at Blackburn Rovers where he won a Premiership medal. At that time I thought he was the most complete striker in Europe, and he finished as top scorer at the 1996 European Championships.
At the start of the season we at EFT put his picture on the site so to mark his final season as a player. And now with the close of his final season, check out this video tribute of some of Shearer's best goals in the Newcastle shirt (plus a couple for England). It features excellent multiple camera angles of those great goals against Everton and Chelsea, plus what I consider to be a classy celebration following a fantastic volleyed finished against Villa.