Newcastle United are planning to unveil a statue of both Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn in time for hosting Olympic football next year.
The Shearer statue will be placed on St James’ Boulevard, and comes at a time when Toon bosses have been under pressure from disgruntled fans.
This latest move could be seen as an attempt to appease supporters after owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias came under a wave of criticism for putting the naming rights for St James’ Park up for sale.
One condition of the stadium being used for the Olympics is that it cannot have a commercial sponsor as its name for the duration of the games, so fans will be able to enjoy the life-size immortalisations in the shadow of a stadium without a sponsor’s name on the side.
The statues are being developed by a local sculptor named, Tom Maley, who has previously produced a 2.4m high statue of Toon legend Wor Jackie. This latest project was also discussed at an NUFC Fans United meeting and is said to have gained support.
Talks are thought to be ongoing between Maley and Newcastle City Council, along with Nexus – the operators of St James’ Metro station behind the Gallowgate End.
Shearer is Newcastle’s record goal scorer with 206 goals in 404 appearances, overtaking the previous record of 200, held by Milburn, in his final season at St James’