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North East Folklore


We're commemorating another famous chapter in the Angel of the North's ten year anniversary - when local football fans paid tribute to their own North East Icon.

In 1998 a group of Newcastle fans used a combination of fishing line, rubber balls and catapults to hoist the replica of Alan Shearer's famous number 9 shirt onto the Angel in celebration of the team reaching the FA cup final.

Speaking about the incident Newcastle United football legend and BBC pundit Alan Shearer said:

It's a great symbol of the North East and I feel it's a sign to show that I'm actually nearing home. As you can imagine, I got rather a lot of ribbing off the lads when my name and number was up there [before the FA Cup Final in 1998]. It felt sort of strange, especially to be driving past and seeing it up there, but fantastic at the same time.