Alan Shearer has revealed Liverpool’s Anfield was one of his favourite stadiums to play at during his long and successful career.
The Newcastle United and Premier League legend will star at Thursday evening’s 260 Dinner in The Barracks Suite at St James’ Park.
Naturally, the special black-tie event will largely centre around his Magpies career, where he scored 206 goals to become his boyhood club’s all-time record goalscorer.
Speaking ahead of the event, set to be attended by hundreds of people, Shearer asked some quick-fire questions surrounding his career.
And when asked about his favourite ground - bar St James’ Park of course - the 51-year-old named the Old Wembley and Anfield.
Shearer said: “Wembley was always good with England but not so good with Newcastle.
“I always enjoyed going to Anfield. I think the Scousers are similar to Geordies in how passionate they are and how they view their football, how they go out, work all week to have a great time at the end of the week.
“They always appreciated a good player there - it is a great stadium.”
Shearer scored 260 Premier League goals, which remains the league’s all-time record, and 30 goals for England.
But which goal was his favourite?
“That is a difficult question,” Shearer said. “For country, it has to be that second goal against Holland in Euro ‘96.
“The atmosphere that night was incredible, I got two and Teddy (Sheringham) got two - if there was a perfect performance, then that was probably it.
“For Newcastle, it was when I broke Jackie Milburn’s record. Just because of who Jackie was, what he meant to Newcastle - he was my dad’s hero. So for me to even get close to breaking that record, never mind breaking was unthinkable.
“And I will never forget the atmosphere that afternoon, it will stay with me forever.
“The atmosphere was one of those hairs on the back of the neck moments, it was incredible.
“I never wanted the referee to blow his whistle that day. I am normally shattered but I didn’t want that game to end.”