Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

For a Geordie to Overtake Wor Jackie's Goalscoring Record ... It Answers Anyone Who Dares Question Why I Chose Newcastle Ahead of Manchester; Alan Shearer Would Always Get in Toon Fans' Best-Ever Team. but Who Would the Goalscoring Star Have Playing Alongside Him? John Gibson Spoke to Shearer and Discovered Why the Geordie Hero Chose Toon over Manchester United

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

For a Geordie to Overtake Wor Jackie's Goalscoring Record ... It Answers Anyone Who Dares Question Why I Chose Newcastle Ahead of Manchester; Alan Shearer Would Always Get in Toon Fans' Best-Ever Team. but Who Would the Goalscoring Star Have Playing Alongside Him? John Gibson Spoke to Shearer and Discovered Why the Geordie Hero Chose Toon over Manchester United

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Paul Gascoigne was 'a mad lad with a big heart' says Shearer. Inset, how we reported Shearer breaking Milburn's record TOP gun Alan Shearer ripped Newcastle United's all-time goalscoring record out of the grasp of another No 9 legend Wor Jackie in what had become a Hollywood movie shoot-out.

No wonder then that the first name on Shearer's team sheet to mark United's 125th anniversary is that of Jackie Milburn.

"My dad was a Newcastle fanatic and Wor Jackie was his hero," Shearer told me.

"So to walk into our house having broken such a great man's record meant everything to me. I had made my dad proud.

"I invited Jackie's widow Laura to my testimonial match as a tribute to him. He stands out like a beacon in United's history.

"Every Geordie knows what Jackie Milburn means to this club and therefore this is a special time to remember him.

"For another Geordie - this one from a council estate in Gosforth - to overtake Wor Jackie's goalscoring record is unbelievable for me. It answers anyone who dares to question why I chose Newcastle ahead of Manchester United.

"I've never regretted that decision for a moment."

A strike force of Shearer and Milburn rivals - in the mind - the great partnership of Alan and Les Ferdinand with the Entertainers. It was said Big Al and Sir Les were two leaders of line who would never gel, but in their one season together they harvested 49 goals despite both being out for a lengthy time through injury.

Both Shearer and Milburn have statues in their honour within the shadow of SJP which tells us all about what history brought us. An astonishing total of 406 Newcastle goals - Alan 206 and Jackie 200. Naturally, Shearer would wish for an ace provider to feed the pair of them, and who better than Gazza? "In their pomp the two Pauls, Gascoigne and Scholes, were the best passers of the ball I ever had with England," insisted Shearer.

"Gazza was the very best of his generation, a mad lad but with a big heart and an even bigger talent. …

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