Shearer - "Last Of Old Breed"

Last updated : 29 March 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

Tickets for the game only went on sale to the general public on Friday and United announced today that they had all been snapped up and those supporters not having tickets will be unable to see the action.

There has been a lot of talk that the game would be beamed out live by Sky Sports but there are problems with this because some of the play-offs are also being held that week. But it still promises to be one of the greatest nights on Tyneside, with Shearer donating £1m of the proceeds to charity.

As Alan Shearer's career draws to a close, a Watford website is asking if the GOALden Boy is the last of the "Old Breed Number Nines". 

"I wonder if Alan Shearer will be the last true English centre-forward we see playing at the level he achieved. I cannot think of a young player with international potential who plays with the power, aggression and footballing ability of Alan shearer.

"Perhaps the most noticeable element that is missing from the current crop of England strikers is the ability to head a ball. Sure, Peter Crouch can get on the end of them practically by default, and headed goals are still scored by England strikers but not like Shearer. No longer do we see strikers really striving to get their head on the ball, and when they do it is never with the power and placement of Shearer. With a midfield possessing the crossing ability of David Beckham and ability to get to create havoc down the opposition flanks, in the form of Wright-Philips and Joe Cole, a striker who can really head a ball would be a deadly weapon. But this old and distinctly English style of the battering ram centre-forward appears to be dying out.

"I am not for one moment saying that is all there is to Shearer's game or that there are no English strikers who are competent headers of the ball, but I am saying there are no strikers who combine the necessary skills to became an international striker in the mould of the English centre-forward."