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Shearer thanks famous supporters ahead of statue unveiling

A 16 foot high brass statue of Alan Shearer will be unveiled at Newcastle United's ground today. The Toon legend will be at St James' Park for the event and has some famous backing.

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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."

Watch Mike Ashley apologise for Sport Direct mistakes

Newcastle United boss Mike Ashley apologised for past mistakes in running his Sports Direct empire.

Mr Ashley conducted a tour of his Sports Direct empire where he drove home the message he was not ducking any responsibility when it came to the retailer's problems.

Sports Direct had grown too big too quickly and its Shirebrook warehouse was not built for the age of internet shopping, he said.

He was happy to see headlines saying he was apologetic about the retailer's problems, but not that he was making excuses, he added.

The retail tycoon also took it upon himself to demonstrate a Sports Direct security check - a previous source of complaints by some staff.

Pulling off his jacket, he then emptied his pockets, pulling out a wad of fifty pound notes and tossing them into a security tray.

When someone pointed out it was a "lot of cash", he replied: "Yes I've been to the casino," before adding: "Now don't please write that."

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