Alan Shearer was born on August 13, 1970 in Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne. He played for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. He represented England 63 times, scoring 30 goals, making him joint fifth top scorer of all time.
Shearer joined Southampton on a youth contract in April 1986, making his professional debut in March 1988. Two weeks later, he scored a hat-trick on his full debut, becoming the youngest player, at 17 years, 240 days, to score a hat-trick in the top division, breaking Jimmy Greaves' 30 year–old record.
Shearer moved to Blackburn Rovers for a British transfer record of £3.3 million in the summer of 1992. The arrival of Chris Sutton transformed the club into a genuine force and in 1994-95 the SAS (Shearer And Sutton) plundered 34 and 15 goals respectively to lift the league title. On 30 July 1996, for a world transfer record-breaking £15 million, Shearer joined league runners-up Newcastle United, managed by his hero Kevin Keegan. He had been due to join Manchester United, but opted at the last moment to join his hometown club and wear the famous number nine shirt.
In his first season at Newcastle he plundered 25 goals in 31 games, becoming the league's top scorer for the third season in a row and seeing him voted PFA Player of the Year. However, Newcastle could only finish second again. Shearer played nine seasons for the Magpies but the closest he was to come to a trophy was two FA Cup final defeats.
In his final season he broke Jackie Milburn's 49-year-old record of 200 goals for Newcastle when he netted his 201st strike in a home Premier League fixture against Portsmouth on 4 February 2006. He remains Newcastle's highest-ever league and cup competition goalscorer with 206 goals in total.
Shearer's finest hour in an England shirt came during the Euro 96 tournament, when he scored two goals in their 4-1 demolition of Holland. Unfortunately, England were to lose on penalties in the semi-finals to Germany. He did, however, with the Golden Boot, for being highest goalscorer in the competition with a total of five goals.