Alan Shearer is the all-time Premier League top goal scorer with 260 goals. In a career lasting 18 years he scored 379 goals for three different clubs.
Shearer was also the focal point of England’s attack for eight years in an international career that saw him score 30 goals in 63 appearances.
Rising star at Southampton
Shearer’s career began at Southampton where he made an instant impression scoring a hat-trick on his full debut in a 4-2 win over Arsenal.
In five years with the Saints, Shearer scored 43 goals in 158 games in all competitions. He was called up to the England squad and attracted interest from the big clubs in the country.
Premier League winner
Shearer moved to Blackburn Rovers in 1992 for £3.2m despite reported interest from Manchester United. Blackburn chairman Jack Walker was pumping money into the club allowing manager Kenny Dalglish to build a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title.
Now surrounded by better players, Shearer flourished at Ewood Park. He scored 16 goals in his first 21 appearances but his season was cut short through injury.
At the start of the 1994/5 season, Blackburn signed Chris Sutton from Norwich to play up front with Shearer. They became a formidable strike partnership, scoring 49 goals between them that season – Shearer with 34 goals and Sutton with 15. It was enough to beat Man Utd to the Premier League title as Blackburn finished top of the table by one point.
The following season Blackburn could only achieve a seventh place finish in the Premier League despite Shearer being the league’s leading scorer for the second year in a row.
Euro 96 golden boot
In the summer of 1996, England hosted the European Championships and the country went football crazy. Comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel had a number one hit with their patriotic song: ‘3 Lions’ written with the Lightening Seeds.
Shearer was now established in the England team but was in the middle of an international goal drought. He hadn’t scored for his country in his previous 12 matches going into the tournament. England boss Terry Venables backed his player though, and assured him he was his number one forward regardless of his form.
It was a move that paid off as in England’s first game Shearer opened the scoring in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland. He struck first again in the second group game, a 2-0 victory over Scotland – a game remembered most for Paul Gascoigne’s spectacular goal where he chipped the ball over Colin Hendry before volleying it past the goalkeeper.
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