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on 28 August 2009
206 goals, over 400 appearances for Newcastle, record-breaking goalscorer in the Premier League - it can only be Alan Shearer - Toon hero. Starting out at Wallsend boys club in 1986 at the age of 15, Shearer went onto be promoted to the first team of Southampton, where he was an instant hit, making 158 appearances and scoring 43 goals. He was then signed by Blackburn Rovers for 3.3 million pounds, where again, he was a massive hit. He stayed with Blackburn until 1996, making 138 appearances for them and scoring 112 goals in that time. Then came the record-breaking chance of a lifetime when Toon 'Messiah' Kevin Keegan signed Shearer to his boyhood team, Newcastle United for the then world record transfer fee of 15 million pounds. In the ten years of glory he spent on Tyneside, Shearer scored at least over 30 goals a season, having a deadly striking attack with players such as Les Ferdinand. The news broke in 2005 that United dreaded to hear - Shearer would retire at the end of the 2005/06 season, and went out by scoring a goal against rivals Sunderland in a 4-1 defeat of the Black Cats, before retiring with a testimonial at St James Park against Celtic. Shearer was injured but came onto save the Toon Army for the very last time scoring the winning penalty in front of his beloved Gallowgate End. Shearer is a legend and this is a must have for any Newcastle fan
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on 23 April 2007
I actually enjoyed this - for a first effort, it's not bad, and gave me a good insight into Shearer, although you won't find anything you never knew about the great man.

Yes, it relies heavily on newspaper articles and not so much on accounts from Shearer's mates/schoolfriends/teachers etc, but most of the quotes are colourful and insightful.

However, I note that a paperback of the book is due out soon, and I'd be inclined to go for that rather than the hardback as it will be updated, I assume.
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on 11 April 2007
It's clear a lot of research has gone into this book and, while there may be excessive use of other sources, it's interesting to read the quotes and comments about Shearer in the press down the years....

Hard to find much more to say about this man, whose life and career have already been so well-documented. Worth a read, but there will be no surprises in this book. A bit like Wor Al, actually.
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on 9 February 2017
Okay read, written in the third person and more observational view of shearers career as opposed to offering much of his opinions and personal recollection
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