Thursday 24 July 2014
Alan Shearer makes a scoring start to his Barclays Premier League career with a brace against Crystal Palace
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Blackburn Rovers broke the British transfer record ahead of the Barclays Premier League's first season when they signed England international striker Alan Shearer from Southampton.
The Saints academy product caught the eye of Blackburn manager Kenny Dalglish after scoring 23 goals in 105 league appearances for the South Coast club, including a hat-trick on his senior debut against Arsenal as a 17-year-old.
He enjoyed another dream debut for Blackburn when he scored twice in a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season.
His double included two spectacular long-range strikes, and Shearer said: "I knew the eyes were on me and it was a big pressurised situation because I was expected to deliver."
His prolific scoring rate continued until the middle of December, when he ruptured a cruciate ligament and missed the rest of the season.
Fully fit again, he scored more than 30 Barclays Premier League goals in each of the next three seasons, including a joint-competition record of 34 in 1994/95. Blackburn also won the Barclays Premier League title that season, with Shearer picking up the Professional Footballers' Association and Barclays Player of the Season awards.
After helping England reach the semi-finals of the 1996 UEFA European Championships on home soil, Shearer moved to Newcastle United for a world record transfer fee.
The striker spent the next 10 seasons at St James' Park and helped the Magpies finish second in his first campaign and then three consecutive top-five seasons later in his Newcastle career.
When Shearer retired in the summer of 2006, he had scored an all-time Barclays Premier League record of 260 goals, including 11 hat-tricks.
He returned to Newcastle briefly in 2009 when he was appointed as manager for the final eight matches of the season but he was unable to prevent them being relegated. Shearer now works as a pundit for the BBC.