Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Man of the people

On 14th August, a week on Monday, the fledgling Newcastle-based Tonto Press are publishing a book entitled 'Wor Al: A Fans' Tribute To Alan Shearer'. Amongst those who have contributed pieces are both of us here at Black & White & Read All Over and former Mag contributor and friend of B&W&RAO Jonathan of Crinklybee.

In the modern era, when players' weekly salaries have rocketed through the £100,000 barrier and when the game is in danger of becoming detached and dislocated from the public that nourishes it and is entertained in turn, Alan Shearer was a remarkable figure - a multimillionaire superstar who was at the same time one of us. The identification and bond between player and supporters was underlined most clearly at his emotional testimonial match in May, and it's that bond that the book celebrates. Fans from far and wide, young and old, pay tribute to a Geordie who achieved what we all dream of (trophy winning aside...): captaining the Toon and shattering the club's all-time goalscoring record. And scoring against the Mackems too, of course.

Interested? You can order your copy of 'Wor Al' via the Tonto Press site here. For every copy sold, 50p will be donated to the Alan Shearer Testimonial Fund, which directly benefit's Wor Al's chosen charity NSPCC.


We're also offering the chance to win a copy of the book. All you need to do is answer this question:

What is / was the profession of Alan Shearer's father?

Answers to our email address ( by Wednesday 9th August at 12 noon. Please put the words "Shearer competition" in the subject line so we can keep track of entries (failure to do so will mean automatic disqualification). Entrants who provide the correct answer will have their names put in a hat and the winner will be drawn at random.

Good luck!


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