Alan made his football debut in 1988 with a hat-trick for Southampton against Arsenal. His success continued and in 1992, at the start of the inaugural Premier League season, he moved to Blackburn Rovers for a then record British transfer fee of £3.6 million. Blackburn won the Premier League in the 1994/1995 season, with Alan contributing 34 league goals at the beginning of a sequence in which he became the only player in English football history to score 30 or more goals in three consecutive seasons.
Following a successful Euro 96 campaign, Alan fulfilled his childhood dream as he joined his beloved Newcastle United for a world record fee of £15.6 million.
English PFA Player of the Year in 1995 and 1997, he scored 30 goals in 63 games for England before his retirement from international football at the end of Euro 2000.
In 2006 Alan equalled Jackie Milburn’s 50-year record of 200 goals and finally on 11th May that year he made an emotional farewell to Newcastle United in front of 52,000 fans. He returned to the club for a brief spell as manager during the 2008-09 season.
In his playing days Alan was a goal scoring machine. In a total of 701 club games he scored 379 goals. He is still the English Premier League’s all-time highest goal scorer and was the first player to 100 and 200 goals in the division.
Alan was awarded the OBE in 2001. In 2006 he formed part of the BBC’s World Cup team and is now a regular pundit on Match of the Day.