A £250,000 brass, 9ft 6ins (2.89m) tall statue
of retired Newcastle player, Alan Shearer has been unveiled outside St James’
Park. The unveiling which was done by Shearer and Lord Mayor of Newcastle,
Hazel Stephenson, today was attended by hundreds of people.
“I’m
very proud and honoured to be stood here with this statue. When I come down
this road seeing it will make me immensely proud. It is here because I enjoyed
playing football.”
The BBC pundit said during the ceremony.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez who was absent at the occasion hailed club
legend as, “an incredible player, the perfect number nine, and he had a
fantastic career representing this great club. He is also a great ambassador
for Newcastle with the charity work he does to support the people of the city.
“The
statue of him at St James’ Park is a perfect tribute to a true club legend and
I send Alan my very best wishes for a memorable day.”

Shearer scored 148 goals in 303 games for Newcastle – although won no trophy
with the club.