Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shearer: Time We Re-Wrote History

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shearer: Time We Re-Wrote History

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Byline: By Simon Rushworth

A bullish Alan Shearer last night revealed Newcastle have set their sights on making history as the first United team to lift the Uefa Cup.

Unburdened by a woeful record which has left the Magpies bereft of major silverware for 35 years, the club's leading scorer promised a performance high on passion and pride.

And Shearer admitted Bob Moncur's Fairs Cup winning class of 1969 provide constant inspiration to a Newcastle squad seeking to book their place in next month's Gothenburg final.

"We'd love to change history and it has been too long since United lifted a trophy," explained a player desperate to win a medal with his boyhood favourites.

"When you consider the size of the club, for us not to have brought any silverware to St James's Park is just not right.

"But we've got a great chance to do that in the next few weeks and we're determined to take our opportunity.

"Instead of reading about the other players who've won trophies we've got a great chance of guaranteeing players read about us for a change."

Exuding confidence ahead of Newcastle's most significant fixture of the season, Shearer was even accused of arrogance by one member of the French Press yesterday.

However, United's captain holds tonight's opponents in the highest esteem and expects Marseille to provide the toughest test yet of the Magpies' Uefa Cup credentials.

Shearer, the tournament's joint leading goalscorer alongside old foe Sonny Anderson, simply feels now is the time for Newcastle's squad to fulfil their potential and he added: "We've always wanted to win the Uefa Cup.

"We're going to give it a right good go. We can't promise the result but we can promise that if we're not successful it won't be for want of trying."

A veteran of so many emotional highs and lows with his hometown club, Shearer never expects an easy ride as the leader of Newcastle's line.

But the striker's mood has rarely been so optimistic in his eight seasons with United and he added: "I just hope I'm not sat here next year saying that we could have won the Uefa Cup if only we'd done this or that. …

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