Live updates

Your views on proposed Shearer statue

There were mixed reactions on the streets of Newcastle to proposals to erect a statue to former Newcastle footballer Alan Shearer outside St James's Park.

Some said he was a football hero and a charity fundraiser and deserved the recognition. But one man said he was a "minor legend" and not a major legend in the same category of Sir Bobby Robson and Jackie Milburn.

For a round up of the comments click below.

Shearer sculptor says it would be lovely to finish project

The sculptor commissioned to create statues of Newcastle football heroes Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn says it would be lovely to get the "job done".

It's eight years since Tom Maley began work on the two statues. But the project was put on hold as the club battled relegation. The original statues have been left in his workshop ever since.

Tom Maley - Shearer Sculptor


VOTE: Should a statue for Alan Shearer be finished?

Alan Shearer Credit: PA

Former Newcastle United chief Freddy Shepherd is talks with ex-captain Alan Shearer over the future of a sculpture of the famous number nine.

Mr Shepherd commissioned artist Tom Maley to create the sculpture but the plans were halted by club owner Mike Ashley - Shearer said during an appearance on Sky Sports.

Freddy Shepherd Credit: PA

The original plan was for a 9ft bronze statue to be put up outside of the ground next to the statue of Jackie Milburn.

Sculptor Tom Maley has almost finished the project after a down payment for the statue was paid during Mr Shepherd's era. According to The Chronicle, he said several smaller prototypes have already been created and he just needs to increase the scale of the artwork before it is set in bronze.

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

'This will be a Godsend...' says Dec after opening new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital

After opening new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital, alongside Alan Shearer, Declan Donnelly, from celebrity duo Ant & Dec said the opportunity for families to be able to stay with their children during their heart operations 'at a really incredibly stressful time' would be 'a Godsend'.

Shearer says Newcastle players need to 'stand up and perform'

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer says the club's current crop of players need to 'stand up and perform' to relieve the pressure on manager Alan Pardew.

The Magpies are yet to win a Premier League match this season and are currently 18th in the table after seven games played.

Shearer was speaking at the National Football Museum in Manchester after being inducted into the Football Association's Hall of Fame.


Ant & Dec and Alan Shearer opening new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital

Ant & Dec with Alan Shearer after his Testimonial match in 2006. Credit: PA

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly (Ant & Dec) are opening brand new family accommodation for families of child heart patients at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

The celebrity presenters and Newcastle United legend are unveiling Scott House, a £1.85mil ‘Home for Home’, as part of their work for the The Sick Children's Trust and Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), where they are patrons.

Alan Shearer with 7-year-old Sadie Metin at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. Credit: PA

The free accommodation hopes to give emotional, as well as practical support for families through en-suite rooms and a self-contained flat for families with children who have undergone a heart transplant.

The Sick Children's Trust was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas, who believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child's recovery.

Shearer offers support to Gazza after latest setback

Alan Shearer has offered his support to former England footballer Paul Gascoigne after his latest battle with alcoholism.

Gascoigne was admitted to Poole Hospital this week after paramedics were called to his home in Dorset.

Shearer said:

He's having a tough time at the minute. I hope he doesn't give up. I hope he keeps on fighting.

– Alan Shearer
  1. Phil Roscoe

Ex-footballer aims to raise £1m with Premier League stadium run

Former Southampton defender Francis Benali is hoping to raise more than one million pounds for charity by running between every Premier League ground.

The 45-year-old started his 1,000-mile journey from St James' Park in Newcastle this morning. He's due to finish the run at St Mary's Stadium, in Southampton on September 13.

The moment Benali's Big Run started

This is the moment former Southampton defender Francis Benali started his 'Big Run' between every Premier League ground.

The 45-year-old will take around three weeks to complete the challenge and is aiming to raise more than £1 million for cancer research.

Benali was waved off by Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer at St James' Park.

Load more updates