Newcastle legend Alan Shearer’s ‘proud’ response to Shearer’s Bar return to St James’ Park
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer is ‘proud’ to see his name return ‘in his place’ after the main bar at St James’ Park was renamed. Fans celebrated the return of the Gallowgate End bar to its original name last month in honor of the club’s top scorer.
Shearer’s Bar opened in 2004 and became a popular downtown hangout, but was controversially renamed Nine Bar in 2013 during Mike Ashley’s unpopular tenure. The new owners’ decision to revert to the original name is part of a clear drive to rebuild bridges with club favorites and legends, with a request to move the Shearer statue to club grounds submitted.
The bar was closed after the Magpies’ 2-1 win at home to Brighton last month for the overhaul. Shearer was asked about his response to the gesture in an interview with the club’s internal media, and the BBC Sport pundit couldn’t hide his pride.
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He told NUFC TV: “It’s great, I think everyone kind of associated it with my name anyway. The name may have changed, but whenever my mates came to St James they always said that they were going to my bar. I’m very proud to see my name above the bar where it belongs.”
When asked if he’s been back since the name change, Shearer added: “I went there a few weeks ago before a game, not when it was renamed but it was when I met one of the doctors who did such a great job with one of the fans there. a few months. I went there and had a pint with him.”
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