Former Newcastle United Chairman Freddy Shepherd has commissioned a local artist to create a statue of Alan Shearer to be put up somewhere in the city.
A down payment was made for the statue by Shepherd during his time as Newcastle chief but the plans never materialised.
However, fans will be pleased to hear that the 9ft structure honouring Shearer’s incredible Newcastle career should be finished within 4 months from now.
Tom Maley, the artist who will make the sculpture, is thrilled that the project is finally going ahead’
In my personal humble opinion the Shearer statue was the best piece I had done and I’m really delighted with the news.
Shearer signed for Newcastle in the summer of 1996 and went to score 206 goals, securing his place in the Premier League history books and also as a Toon legend.
The statue will be made of bronze thanks to Shephard Offshore, the company owned by Freddy Shepherd and his brother Bruce and it is thought that the cost will be a 6 figure sum.
Shepherd Offshore are happy to underwrite this project, which is long overdue. We are happy to pay for it to honour a fantastic sportsman.
A number of places in the city centre are being considered as a home for the statue, together with the Palace of Arts in Exhibition park.
Shearer will join two other Newcastle legends, Jackie Milburn and Bobby Robson, in having a permanent shrine put up to honour his achievements at the club.
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