As host at St James’ Park back then, it fell to Alan to introduce Newcastle United’s new world record signing outside St. James’ Park.
What was originally supposed to be a 20 minute warm up with the audience eagerly awaiting Shearer’s arrival turned into two hours 55 minutes due to worsening weather conditions.
Eventually the roar of ‘Shearer!’ signalled the end of his almost three hour improv show, when the Toon legend appeared on stage next to him!