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Quotes from Alan Shearer himself
"I went through a hell of a lot of people to speak to
managers, coaches, scouts, friends, players who have packed
it in, and what came back was unanimous. They all said to me
they feel I was playing too well to retire so I thought I
just can't retire because I've said it. I'm big enough to
admit I did say it and it was a bit hasty. I did have the
full intention to retire."
Alan Shearer announces that he will not
be retiring as he had initially planned and that he had
signed on for another year (April 2005)
"I made no secret of the fact I'd love to stay in football
and to do that, you need badges. I'm starting them and that's
the next step for me - to continue this next season."
- Alan Shearer reveals he is
taking his coaching badges (April 2005)
"This is a huge club and a huge job and I don't think I'm
ready for it."
- Alan Shearer claims the Newcastle job
is not for him... yet (September 2004)
"I can't afford to feel sorry for myself after what I
regarded as a pretty ordinary personal performance. I felt I
worked hard enough without getting any scoring chances, but
as a team we were unable to make headway against a
well-organised Manchester United defence. It was the
loneliest feeling in the world to walk out of that famous old
stadium on the receiving end. This time it was doubly
difficult to accept. Once is bad enough but to go back for a
second successive year and return home to the North East
empty-handed is totally and utterly distressing. It hurt me
as much as any game I've been involved in, but I felt even
more pain for our fans.
"They were magnificent, but that didn't surprise me. I knew
they would out-sing and out-chant the Manchester United fans.
We've come to expect that from them. I had vowed that any
tears shed at Wembley this year would be out of enjoyment
rather than despair, but it wasn't to be. We gave everything,
though I suppose we'll be accused of letting the fans down
again after a performance in which we never did ourselves
justice. They deserve so much better than we offered them on
Saturday. It remains my eternal wish to bring some success
back to the town where I was born and the club I have
supported since I was a boy.
- Alan Shearer on the 1999 FA Cup Final
defeat (May 1999)
"I've head all the rumours flying around. I'm supposed to
be past my best, to have lost a yard in pace, and so forth
and so on. Well, everyone said the same when I did my
cruciate ligaments in my first season at Blackburn Rovers and
was out for nine months. Eight years ago that was an
extremely serious injury - but since then I've been top
scorer in the European Championships, sold to Newcastle for a
then world record £15 million, and been made captain of
England which shows that injury really affected me. No, I
haven't lost a yard since my latest injury. I feel as fit,
strong and confident as I ever have. There's a lot of years
left in me yet. My inner strength tells me when people have a
go that one day I'll prove them wrong. I have real mental
toughness." - Alan Shearer fires a
blast at his critics (January 1999)
"I went to Newcastle to win things and although it hasn't
gone as well as people had hoped, with the injury to me and
the sale of Les Ferdinand, I still believe we can do it. How
long it will take, I don't know."
- Alan Shearer on winning
"I couldn't understand why he (Gullit) said it and we had
a chat on Friday. I just said, 'look this speculation has got
to end.' It's got to stop somewhere. The chairman says I'm
not going, the manager says I'm not for sale and I say I'm
staying. I really don't know where the speculation comes from
and, as far as I'm concerned and the club is concerned, we'd
like to put an end to it all. For the third time this season,
I've had to come out and say that I'm staying at Newcastle.
It won't be happening again because I'm not going to do it
again. I'm sick of doing it and I shouldn't have to do it.
The fact is that I am staying."
- Alan Shearer on press speculation
linking him with moves to Italy, Spain, Liverpool, Celtic and
Chelsea (November 1998)
"I wouldn't have got a reception like this anywhere else
in the world." - Alan Shearer on the
20,000 Newcastle fans who turned up to his official unveiling
as a United player
"It was the challenge of returning home and wearing the
famous black and white shirt which made up my mind."
- Alan Shearer on why he
turned down Manchester United to join Newcastle
"I would play in any number shirt for Newcastle United,
but the No 9 at Newcastle is something very special and I've
always wanted to wear it. I mentioned it to the manager, he
mentioned it to Les and Les has been very kind and given it
- Alan Shearer on becoming United's latest No.9 (August
"I've always said I wanted to play for Newcastle and I
can't wait for the first game to come. I think this team is
good enough not only to win the Premier League, but to
conquer Europe as well. The price tag is nothing at all to do
with me. I don't set the price. All I can do is go out and
try to do my best and, if that means I score goals, which
makes me worth £15 million, that's fine. If pressure is going
out and enjoying yourself and being sung to by 30,000 or
40,000 fans, then give me more." -
Alan Shearer on signing for Newcastle (August 1996)
"I came for a trial with a lot of other lads and there was
a shortage or something, so everyone had to take a turn in
goal. I was no different from anyone else, I had my 20
minutes just like everyone else, but I said to someone that
I'd played in goal for Newcastle when I was on trial and I've
never heard the last of it." - Alan
Shearer explains how he once had trials with Newcastle as a
youngster - in goal (August 1996)
"I don't know what I'd have become if I hadn't been a
footballer; I wrote down 'dustbin man' on a careers
questionnaire at school till my dad made me change it to 'joiner'."
- Alan Shearer on school life
"I said that only a Geordie would understand how much I
love Newcastle. The people up there are so passionate about
their football and they want to win things badly. I'm no
different to that and hopefully I can do that with Newcastle.
If I wasn't playing for them I'd be supporting them. I'm the
same as them, hungry for success."
- Alan Shearer on the passion
"Coming from here is special to me. I can relate to the
supporters because I was one of them and still am."
- Alan Shearer
"You can improve on all parts of your game - no-one has
got anything perfect about them. But I will get better
because I work hard." - Alan Shearer
on working hard
"I have always said that the best feeling in the world is
scoring a goal. Don't tell my missus that, but it is. When
that ball hits the back of the net, it is fantastic."
- Alan Shearer on scoring goals
"I'm lucky and I appreciate that. I love every minute of
- Alan Shearer on his life
"First is first. That's the way I was brought up. Second
or third are nowhere." - Alan
Shearer on losing
"I've got two girls. I like to play golf. Apart from that
there's not a lot goes on in my life. So I am boring, aren't
I?" - Alan Shearer on his life
"There is another side to me which people don't often see,
but it's very hard for me to show that. When I do interviews,
I'm talking to people I don't know and when you speak to a
stranger you don't open up, do you? In my position, people
are always looking for something to say about me. And
anything I do say, given half-a-chance they'll turn it round
into something spectacular so I've got to be very careful.
That's why it's only my friends and family who know the real
me. Now my wife, Lainya, she could tell you a few stories."
- Alan Shearer on why he gives
little away in interviews
"People can say what they like about Alan Shearer. That's
their right." - Alan Shearer on
"At international level, it is a more patient game. You
have to be ready for the chance when it comes. I love
chances. I live for them." - Alan
Shearer on international football
"I like the tag of being the world's most expensive player.
It's an honour and a privilege." -
Alan Shearer on being the world's most expensive player
"They know they don't have to do it. But they love it. Dad
likes the company of his mates and still goes down the pub at
weekends." - Alan Shearer on his
parents decision not to give up their jobs despite their
son's fame and riches.
"The Mary Poppins thing doesn't bother me. People are
entitled to their opinion about me whether it's on the pitch
or off the pitch. Just saying it doesn't make them right. If
everyone had the same opinions then life would be pretty
boring!" - Alan Shearer on the
infamous 'Mary Poppins' Jibe.
"I only did it on a few mornings because I knew by then I
was going to be offered the chance by Southampton to become
an apprentice footballer." - Alan
Shearer admits he once played truant at School
"It's all we've known and it's all we do know. Here in
Newcastle they work all week, pick their wages up on a
Thursday or a Friday and they want to spend it. They like to
live life to the full and they'll blow the lot following
United before starting all over again on the Monday. You very
rarely hear anyone say a bad word about us when they come up
here. It's a great place to play football because they're so
fanatical. I'm on the same level as them and I think they
appreciate that." - Alan Shearer
when asked why Geordies love their football so much
"I was brought down by Neil Lennon and we both fell
clumsily. As I tried to get to my feet I had to really tug my
left foot free and the momentum of doing this looked on
television liked a kick. It certainly wasn't and the fact
that Neil is virtually unmarked confirms this. If I did
accidentally catch him, I certainly did not mean to. I would
never try and deliberately hurt a fellow professional."
- Alan Shearer on his incident with
"It bothers me what the supporters think of me, certainly
of the team that I am playing for. You are always going to
get stick from opposing fans. That is a fact of life, it has
been going on for donkeys' years and that will continue,
whether it is me or whoever comes along in ten years. But it
bothers me more what my manager thinks of me and what my own
supporters think of me because if they like me, then I must
be doing the job I am being paid to do."
- Alan Shearer on criticism from the
"Not really, no, never have done."
- Alan Shearer when asked whether he
ever loses control
"If people are going to write bad things about me because
it makes news, I can brush it aside because I've had this for
10 years. I'm big enough and strong enough to cope with it.
It's what comes with being Alan Shearer."
- Alan Shearer on criticism from the press
"Any change of my style, the way I've played for 10 years,
will not be a drastic one. Yes, I've always given as good as
I've got; as a forward you have to do that because, if you
don't look after yourself, you might find yourself being
thrown in a hole and buried." - Alan
Shearer on calls for him to change his style in the face of
"I drove past the old house and the old piece of grass
where I used to play. Why? Just to officially say, 'Look, I
am back in Newcastle, and this is where it all started'.
There is a special feeling of being a Geordie. If you go away
you always want to come back." -
Alan Shearer on returning home
"People are very proud of Newcastle, very proud to come
from here. This is a working class City and they just want to
enjoy themselves and live life to the full. They work all
week, pick their wages up at the end of the week and they
spend it over a weekend by having a good time and watching
the football. That's our life."
- Alan Shearer on his City and being
"It can make their week or it can break their week, really.
It can be the difference between enjoying the week or not. I
don't know whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, but
that's always been the case here."
- Alan Shearer on the
importance of Newcastle United to it's City and people
"It was depressing. You used to get on the Metro and sit
with your head in your hands and didn't know what to do.
Fortunately enough, a man called Kevin Keegan came along and
cheered things up really, both as a player and as a manager."
- Alan Shearer reveals how upset
he used to get as a bairn when Newcastle lost or weren't
doing too well
"I've never possessed the same skill as a Matthew Le
Tissier or a David Ginola or a George Best. I've never had
that skill and I certainly won't ever have it now."
- Alan Shearer on technical ability
"You just can't buy that. There's only 100 people ever
done that." - Alan Shearer on
Captaining England (he became the 100th Captain of his
"Compared with people like doctors and nurses and others
who are not properly rewarded for the vital work they do, we
are massively overpaid." - Alan
Shearer on footballers wages
"I have never wanted to go abroad before but you can never
say never in football." - Alan
Shearer on playing abroad
"I like fun. On the training ground I'll hammer the lads,
I love stitching them up. I love the banter. They have a go
back too - I remember coming out of training one day and
being unable to find my car. It was hidden under a mound of
grass - and I'd only cleaned it the day before as well. Mind
you, someone paid for that. I got my own back.
- Alan Shearer reveals he likes a laugh with his team-mates
"I have to remember that I'm Alan Shearer but it won't
stop me enjoying myself. I've got to have a private life and
have some fun. I was concerned when I signed for Newcastle
that I wouldn't be allowed to have a life with my family. I'd
moved away to Southampton when I was 15 and came back 10
years later not knowing if I'd have to become a recluse. But
the fans have been great." - Alan
Shearer on being able to walk the streets of Newcastle
"I was brought up to believe you must work hard - it's all
I know. My dad still grafts from 7am until 5pm every day.
Many's the time I've asked him to quit and take life easy but
he'll have none of it. It's his way of life, the way it is
with so many Geordies. I believe that if you give sweat and
blood and do your best no one can have a go. You can sleep
easy in your bed. What they like up here are footballers who
fight and scrap every one of the 90 minutes because that's
what they do every week. When I was in the crowd we marvelled
at Kevin Keegan, who worked hard as well as being an
outstanding player, but also at the likes of Kenny Wharton
because of his work rate. The supporters will forgive a lot
as long as you have a go - but if you're a fancy dan who can
play but won't graft for the team they don't like it. Warren
Barton is a prime example. He's now getting his rewards after
a lean time because he's a 100 per center."
- Alan Shearer on working
hard out on the pitch at all times
"If you want to have a great party at Wembley, don't
invite the Germans." - Alan Shearer
on losing the Euro 96 Semi-Final to Germany
"I've never wanted to leave, I'm here for the rest of my
life and hopefully after that as well."
- Alan Shearer on his love affair with
"I was going to wear the famous black and white shirt,
what's more, it would have the No.9 on the back. That was a
very important detail for me. As a Newcastle fanatic, I knew
what it meant to wear it. I wanted to follow in the proud
tradition. It meant a lot to me to be able to join the long
line of Newcastle centre-forwards who had worn the number
before me. What appeals to me more than anything is wearing
the No.9 shirt for my home-town club. It was always my dream."
- Alan Shearer on the No.9 shirt
"I always dreamed about scoring at St. James' Park. I
fancied my chances and the ball flew into the net. I was
ecstatic." - Alan Shearer on scoring
on his home debut for Newcastle (August 1996)
"As a kid I always wanted to be a centre-forward. I wanted
the buzz and thrill of scoring goals from an early age."
- Alan Shearer on scoring goals
"I want to savour every second, because I know how special
it is going to be." - Alan Shearer
on his home debut
"It's an unbelievable feeling for a Geordie, scoring in
front of thousands of your own people."
- Alan Shearer on scoring goals for
"I'd like to play for Newcastle United before I retire.
The club is in my blood." - Alan
Shearer while at Blackburn Rovers (1993)
"It's good if we can get very, very high-quality
foreigners in. If we are flooded with them it can be of
detriment to the English game." -
Alan Shearer on the influx of foreigners in the English game
"I want to be around when Newcastle win a trophy because I
want to see this place lift off. It will be one hell of a
party for a long time." - Alan
Shearer on winning a trophy for Newcastle
"Newcastle fans never cease to amaze me. If there was a
trophy for best supporters this lot would win it hands down
- Alan Shearer on Newcastle fans
"If I could buy any player in the world right now and
money was no object then I'd go for David Beckham."
- Alan Shearer on who he would buy if
he was Newcastle manager
"I've turned down Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and
Manchester United to play here. I hope everyone already knows
how much it means to me to play for Newcastle United."
- Alan Shearer reveals the club's he
turned down to play for Newcastle
"The FA Cup means a lot. There is a real passion here for
the competition which you don't get elsewhere. It's a love
affair. It's part and parcel of living up here. People might
think I'm daft, but I'm not wrong; I'd rather win the Cup
than the League."
- Alan Shearer on the FA Cup
"I'd never been dropped in my career before that match so
to find myself on that match so to find myself on the bench
for such an important game was a big shock."
- Alan Shearer on being dropped for
THAT game against Sunderland
"There was a big possibility that I would have had to
leave Newcastle had Ruud Gullit stayed as manager."
- Alan Shearer on the Ruud
"I still believe this club can win things"
- Alan Shearer's annual
"You have to go out onto the pitch feeling good about
yourself. That can give you that extra 30 per cent."
- Alan Shearer on just how
important it is to feel good in football
"When I go home every night, I can look in the mirror and
say I have given 110 per cent for Newcastle United. If people
aren't happy with that, I can't give any more."
- Alan Shearer on what's important
"I give as good as I get. If a centre-half is going to
kick you he may as well know you'll have a go back. It's the
same in the air - I'll have a go against the biggest
- Alan Shearer on his battles with
"I score goals because I have a belief that I'll get onto
the end of things and because I'm not afraid to miss. Coaches
try to coach these things into you but it's an instinct.
There are going to be times when I miss sitters but they only
make me more determined to go back in there. A striker
mustn't be worried about 30,000 or 40,000 people having a pop
at him. - Alan Shearer reveals the
secret behind scoring goals - instinct and determination
"I'm not the most gifted of players. My game is not about
tricks. I won't run 40 yards with the ball and glide past
three defenders. I need players to create chances for me -
then I'll put them away, which I guess is an art in itself. I
need someone willing to get hurt for me. Without help I can't
score as regularly as I'd like. -
Alan Shearer on the need for good quality service
"I spend time with my family. I have got two daughters who
are too young to know their Dad's a footballer. They just
want to play with their Dad. I like to play golf, too, but
apart from that, that's me, I'm afraid."
- Alan Shearer on life
outside of football for him
"Yes, I do like to be in control. I do like everything to
be laid out, to know what I'm doing. I'm very impatient. I
like things done yesterday, which is probably a fault of
mine. I like things to be neat and tidy and organised. I say
what I want and show what I want and I keep things private."
- Alan Shearer reveals he's a bit of
a control freak
"It does not bother me that some say I'm dull and boring
because the people that do know me will tell you a different
story. It is very difficult to be open with people you don't
know. There is nothing I can do about the fact that the real
me does not get across and it is probably difficult to know
the real me."
- Alan Shearer shrugs off the
perception that he's boring
"My motto in life is 'if you give 100 per cent then no one
can ask any more'." - Alan Shearer
reveals his motto on life
"If people don't like my style, then I can't do anything
about that. I have been like that since I first entered into
the game and it hasn't done me bad in the past, so I am not
going to change now." - Alan Shearer
on his abrasive style of play
Quotes from others on Alan Shearer
"He has had an operation to repair torn ligaments and
without putting an exact figure on it, he will be out for a
wee while. It will be months rather than weeks, but exactly
how long we don't know yet."
- Former Toon manager Kenny Dalglish
on Alan Shearer's ankle injury (July 1997)
"The lad has got absolutely everything. England have had
many great strikers over the years who have excelled in
certain parts of the game but there is no chink at all in
Shearer's armour, even to the point of magnificent mental
strength. He works so hard. He's not afraid to put himself
around physically and won't be intimidated by aggressive
tactics. He is a clever player, who is capable of
understanding tactical instructions and then carrying them
out, even if it means defensive duties. He is not just after
the glory of scoring goals. You see him running to the wings,
demanding the ball, searching for space, especially down the
right, where he crosses the ball in as good as any winger in
the game. Not only will Alan score from close in. He can
score from outside the box, he takes free-kicks and he scores
with his head, his right foot and his left foot. There are no
Many people forget he has suffered setbacks and responded.
Look at the build-up to the European Championship, when his
place in the team was being questioned because he hadn't
scored for some time. His answer was to finish as top scorer.
That's mental strength. That's character. Don't forget he's
returned from a serious knee ligament injury and then had two
hernia operations in the last seven months. He is a
formidable force. Every manager in the world would want him -
with a possible exception of the Brazilian coach, because he
has quite a few good players himself. We are the envy of
every other country." - Former
England manager Glenn Hoddle on Alan Shearer
"Alan can become the greatest English striker of them
Geordie and former World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton on
"I would compare him to Careca who is the only striker who
would keep me awake the night before a game."
- Former AC Milan defender Alessandro
Costacurta on Alan Shearer
"I have been keeping an eye on Alan Shearer for a long
time and I like his style very much. He can shoot from any
position and his goalscoring record is excellent."
- Italian football legend Paolo Maldini
on Alan Shearer
"I wouldn't swap Alan for ANYONE - and that includes
Ronaldo and Weah."
- Former team-mate David Batty on
hearing how Alan Shearer finished behind those two strikers
in the world player of the year awards
"He's the kind of striker you want - someone who gets
three chances and scores three goals. There's not a lot in
the world can do the same." - Former
team-mate Phillipe Albert on Alan Shearer
A jack-of-all-trades who, in defiance of the proverb, has
mastered them all."
- Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith on
"What a player. What a man. What a signing!"
- Kevin Keegan sums up Alan Shearer
"This is the big one we wanted. Even with the great
players we've got, we know that this guy is going to improve
them. This is a signing for the people of Newcastle. It's
lovely to see a Geordie like Alan coming home."
- Kevin Keegan on Alan Shearer's
signing (August 1996)
"This is a great day for the club. This club is going
places and Alan, together with all the other players, is an
investment for the future. It is very difficult to improve on
the squad we have, but I'm sure everyone today will agree
that we found the right player." -
Sir John Hall on Alan Shearer's signing (August 1996)
"Shearer is a very physical player and a very clever
player. He uses his body well and protects the ball very well."
- Former Tottenham manager Christian Gross is worried about
Shearer's physical presence ahead of a NUFC Vs Spurs match
"Alan Shearer personified the English mentality like no
other during the Euro 96. His fighting spirit and his will to
win made him the star of a strong English team. All through
the tournament, the whole nation pinned its hopes on his
shoulders. It was time for Europe's most prestigious trophy
to come home. His biggest strengths were his inimitable
heading and his marvellous right foot. In scoring 5 goals –
two of which came in the 4-1 win against the Netherlands –
and one in the semifinal against Germany – he won the
tournament's Golden Boot."
- A UEFA Committee on Alan Shearer's
performances during Euro 96
"History has a tendency to rosy up the memory of players
and matches from the past. While Jackie Milburn is a legend,
Alan Shearer has earned the right to be ranked up there with
the very best. Fifty years from now when memories are fading,
all that will be left are the record books. Shearer has
equalled and bettered so many records in the hardest aspect
of the game – scoring goals. He's done it in his homeland and
been so consistent, he scores season after season. Without
doubt, there hasn't been a better No9.
- Former Newcastle No.9 Malcolm
Macdonald on Alan Shearer
"The best bit of business ever done!"
- Newcastle Chairman Freddy Shepherd on
paying all that money for Alan Shearer (August 1996)
"The biggest deal in football history was wrapped up in an
hour and a half." - Kevin Keegan
reveals that Alan Shearer was so eager to join Newcastle,
that the deal was over and done with in no time (August 1996)
"Alan jumped in his car, headed for the ground and drove
round and round St. James' Park." -
Local journalist Alan Oliver reveals how Alan Shearer, on a
return to Newcastle to visit his parents while a Blackburn
player, took in a bit of sightseeing of his own
"I shudder to think where Newcastle would be without Alan
Shearer." - Sir Bobby Robson on Alan
"If you get the ball across goal he is going to be there
to put it into the back of the net."
- Sir Bobby Robson on Alan Shearer
"You can rely on him to put the ball in the back of the
net and if you had to put your house on any one player taking
an opportunity in a game, he is the man."
- Robert Lee on Alan Shearer
"Alan is not particularly quick but he usually reaches
balls clipped over the top. He is not particularly tall but
he scores frequently with his head. For someone who isn't
particularly skilful, Alan can drop his shoulder and drill a
30-yard right-footer past a keeper."
- John Barnes on Alan Shearer
"Alan has lots of qualities, on and off the pitch, and one
of them is certainly his determination. That's possibly his
biggest asset." - Kenny Dalglish on
"He is almost the perfect centre-forward for the English
game. he closes people down, he can hold the ball up, run
with it, he's good in the air and he's dangerous inside and
outside of the box." - Chris Waddle on
"Alan has everything; attitude, presence, confidence,
influence, character and ability." -
David Batty on Alan Shearer
"I think he's up there with any centre-forward have ever
had. He's an absolute legend."
- Graeme Souness on Alan Shearer
"Alan Shearer is a great striker. I'm a big fan of his."
- Ronaldo on Alan Shearer
"Same old Shearer, always scoring."
- Newcastle fans on Alan
"He's been phenomenal. He's our main man, our Captain and
our talisman." - Shay Given on Alan
"At his peak I felt Shearer was as good as there has ever
been." - Former Newcastle player Len
Shackleton on Alan Shearer
"His leadership, his professionalism and his attitude are
all magnificent." - Newcastle
Chairman Freddy Shepherd
"In the last 10 years, Alan Shearer has been
unquestionably the best - head and shoulders above everybody
else." - Jimmy Greaves on Alan
"Everybody knows his talent, he is the kind of player I
would want in my team." - Brazilian
and world football legend Pele on Alan Shearer
"He is very special." - Marco Van
Basten on Alan Shearer, commentating on Holland during Euro
"No-one can teach him anything, he already has it all."
- Gianluca Vialli on Alan
"He leads the attack with courage and quality. He's a
superb team player and an inspirational captain. As a player
he is up there with the very best, with the Lofthouses,
Lawtons, Linekers and any other great striker you care to
mention." - Sir Bobby Robson on Alan
"He's a natural leader who conducts himself in a totally
professional manner on and off the pitch. Alan has the
respect of players at club and international levels and he's
a fine role model for youngsters." -
Kevin Keegan on Alan Shearer
always ready with advice and a word of encouragement. He's done so
much for me - he'll put himself out for all the young lads," said
"Alan commands so much respect from every player. He's a real leader,
a man who when he has his say in the dressing-room everyone listens.
Definitely management material if he wants to be. He's made a load of
big decisions throughout his career and all have proved to be right.
"I was nine-year-old when I first got near him. Now I'm a team-mate -
amazing isn't it?
"I call him The Terminator because he's so hard. Like granite.
Nothing seems to hurt him. He's built like the side of a house and he
dishes plenty out. But that's great, the way I want it. Shola is also
physical and Michael Owen is so quick. There's plenty to face day in
and day out to help me polish my game." -
Steven Taylor on Alan Shearer (September 2005)