‘Are you mad?’ - Alan Shearer shares inside story on ‘brilliant’ Newcastle United away day experience

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Alan Shearer attended his first Newcastle United away game since 1985 on Saturday

Alan Shearer has revealed he will “definitely” be attending another Newcastle United away game.

The 4,000-strong Toon support were stunned at the weekend when word got around that the club’s all-time leading goalscorer was at Craven Cottage. Shearer proved a lucky omen for Newcastle as they overcame Fulham 2-0 - just days before beating Aston Villa 3-0 on the road in the Premier League.

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TV cameras captured the moment the away end sussed Shearer roaring his team on from the terraces. He was greeted with chants of “Hey Shearer”, a song that echoed around St James’ Park during his playing days.

On social media post-match, the 53-year-old, who made 406 appearances for Newcastle, admitted the Fulham clash was his first away game since 1985. Shearer has now opened up about the “brilliant” experience and how he ended up with the Toon hardcores.

“I was heading down to London anyway and my son said to me ‘Dad, I have a spare ticket, you said you were always going to come to an away game with me,” he told The Rest Is Football podcast. “Why don’t you come?’ I went ‘Are you mad?’ He said ‘Come on, you’ll love it honestly.’ And then I thought ‘Actually, it’s not a bad idea’.

“The more I thought about it, I thought ‘sod it’. I’d never been there since 1985. Oh my god, I’m definitely going to do it again, I absolutely loved it. It was everything, chaos, madness, excitement… the atmosphere was brilliant.

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“Everything was fine, it was all good-natured. As soon as the game kicked off, nobody asked for pictures, they just let me stand there and watch the match. I got in at 6.15pm and we kicked off at 7pm, for 45 minutes it was a constant line for pictures! But it’s fine, everyone was really respectful. It was great to be in there with the Geordies.”

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