Charity night scores a winner with Shearer

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Football pundit and ex-England international Alan Shearer is heading to Kettering.

For one night only, the Geordie will appear at Wicksteed Park as park of An Evening With The Pundits. The striker is the Premier League’s record goal-scorer and was once the world’s most expensive player, but will be at the amusement park to support people affected by Down’s Syndrome in Northamptonshire.

The evening of entertainment will take place on Friday, March 9, in the park’s pavilion suite.

Shearer scored 260 goals in the Premier League during a very successful career, easily eclipsing Andy Cole, who sits in second place with 187, and Thierry Henry with 174 in third.

In 1996, he moved from Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle United, the club he would gain legendary status with.

The Magpies paid £15m for his service, which at the time was a world record transfer fee. He was a regular in the England line-up and was top scorer in the Euro ‘96 competition.

Shearer was also appointed manager of Newcastle United for a short spell at the end of the 2008-09 season but the club was relegated.

Football fan Vince Geranio, of Kettering, said: “I’ve been to quite a few of this sort of thing and they are always good evenings.

“He should have a lot to say, like why he chose Newcastle United over Manchester United – that’s one of the questions I’d ask him.”

Also gracing the stage will be Sky Sports News presenter Matt Lorenzo and ex-Aberdeen and Scotland defender Willie Miller.

Mr Lorenzo was also appointed head of communications at Notts County Football Club during Sven Goran Eriksson’s short spell in charge.

Miller made a club record 558 league appearances for Aberdeen and is now the club’s director of football.

There will be a champagne reception from 7.30pm, a three-course meal, an auction and a raffle. Music will be played until late and there is a black tie dress code.

Tickets for the event cost £40 per person, £300 for a table of eight or £350 for a table of 10.

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It will not be the first time a Premier League football star has visited Kettering. In 2008, Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier appeared at Kettering Conference Centre with ex-Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson and Sky Sports News presenter Jeff Stelling.