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Alan Shearer Testimonial


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Alan Shearer came on to score a penalty with the final kick of the game as Newcastle beat Celtic 3-2 in his testimonial match at St James' Park.



A knee injury suffered three weeks ago prevented the 35-year-old playing a proper role, but he kicked the first and last balls of the match.


"There was more than just a tear in my eye when I was walking around. I defy anyone not to have a tear," he said.

"The fans have been just incredible. Where else do you get that?"


Albert Luque opened the scoring in the game before Shaun Maloney's penalty and a John Hartson header put Celtic ahead.


A Paul Lawson own-goal made it 2-2 before Shearer's scoring finale.

Newcastle old boys Steve Watson, Gary Speed, Rob Lee and Les Ferdinand all made appearances, to the delight of a crowd of 52,275, who generated about £1m for charity.


It was the final appearance of a Newcastle career which began when he joined for a world record £15m from Blackburn in July 1996 and included a club-record 206 goals.


Shearer's final competitive appearance for Newcastle was in the 4-1 derby win at Sunderland on 17 April, when he scored from the spot before suffering the injury that brought his final season to a premature end.


"I thank the fans for everything they have given me," he said after completing a lap of honour and being escorted from the pitch by a spectacular firework display.

"It's just been very, very special. It was absolutely brilliant - a big thanks to them all."

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Yeah it was great, I was there, stewarding. I was right beside him at one point when he did the lap, and I got to shake his hand after the game.


The entire experience was surreal, I cant explain it.

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Yeah really great sight when they did the scarf twirling and the name before the game etc. Fixed game but still good fun and lots of money to charity. Shearer is one of the greatest footballers ever to grace this earth. Fact.

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