Alan Shearer to be recognised with statue in Newcastle

Newcastle's record goalscorer Alan Shearer is to be recognised by a statue in his home city.

Will Shearer's statue be made mimicking his famous celebration? Credit: PA

Former Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd has resurrected plans to establish a permanent tribute to the now 44-year-old, who scored 206 goals for the club during a glittering 10-year career on Tyneside.

Northumberland artist Tom Maley, who was initially commissioned eight years ago, will now complete the 9'6" statue, which will take four months to cast, with Shepherd's family business, Shepherd Offshore, covering the cost.

The former Newcastle supremo told Press Association Sport:

It's been resurrected. We have commissioned Tom Maley to finish it off - the family thought it was the right thing to do.

We, along with the Halls, signed him and he was a great servant to Newcastle, so that's why we are doing it.

The idea was to put it in the Exhibition Park Museum, but we have had so many enquiries from the city about where to put it, so what we are doing is getting it finished first and then we will worry about where it's going to go.

– Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd