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Shearer statue to be unveiled in Newcastle

The Alan Shearer statue waiting to be unveiled Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A 16 foot high brass statue of Alan Shearer will be unveiled at Newcastle United's ground today.

The former Newcastle and England star will perform the ceremony himself outside St. James' Park.

The cost of creating the statue has been met by former owner Freddy Shepherd, and his family.

Scores of Newcastle footballing legends are expected to attend the unveiling at noon along with Alan Shearer and his family as well as celebrities and fans.

Following his then-world record transfer - with Newcastle paying Blackburn Rovers £15 million for the England striker - Shearer went on to score 206 goals for Newcastle. Today he remains unchallenged as the Premier League's all-time record goal scorer with 260 goals. He also scored 30 times in a 63-match England career.

Freddy Shepherd said: "Alan was one of the greatest players ever to wear the Newcastle shirt. It is now 10 years since he retired and our family decided that fans shouldn't have to wait any longer for his unique career to be properly recognised."

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Royal Television Society Credit: RTS

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The Geordie duo are up against Adam Hills of "The Last Leg" and Jack Whitehall of "A League Of Their Own" for the Entertainment Performance Award.

Ant and Dec Credit: PA

Alan Shearer is also nominated this year in the Sport Presenter or Commentator category.

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Alan Shearer Credit: PA

Shearer statue en route to Britain after departing China

The Alan Shearer statue has been created by Northumberland artist Tom Maley Credit: Tom Maley

A statue of Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer is on its way to the UK after departing Asia.

The 9ft 6 bronze statue was made in China and left the country more than a week ago. It is due to arrive in Liverpool on August 30. Organisers are planning to erect the statue in Newcastle although discussions over its exact location are ongoing.

The sculpture has been created by Northumberland artist Tom Maley and was funded by former Magpies owner Freddy Shepherd.

The statue stands 9ft 6in tall Credit: Tom Maley
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