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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 May 2006, 21:35 GMT 22:35 UK
Shearer ends career on high note
Alan Shearer
It's just been very, very special - it was absolutely brilliant
Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer came on to score a penalty with the final kick of the game as Newcastle beat Celtic 3-2 in his testimonial match at St James' Park.

A knee injury suffered three weeks ago prevented the 35-year-old playing a proper role, but he kicked the first and last balls of the match.

"There was more than just a tear in my eye when I was walking around. I defy anyone not to have a tear," he said.

"The fans have been just incredible. Where else do you get that?"

Albert Luque opened the scoring in the game before Shaun Maloney's penalty and a John Hartson header put Celtic ahead.

A Paul Lawson own-goal made it 2-2 before Shearer's scoring finale.

Newcastle old boys Steve Watson, Gary Speed, Rob Lee and Les Ferdinand all made appearances, to the delight of a crowd of 52,275, who generated about 1m for charity.

It was the final appearance of a Newcastle career which began when he joined for a world record 15m from Blackburn in July 1996 and included a club-record 206 goals.

Shearer's final competitive appearance for Newcastle was in the 4-1 derby win at Sunderland on 17 April, when he scored from the spot before suffering the injury that brought his final season to a premature end.

"I thank the fans for everything they have given me," he said after completing a lap of honour and being escorted from the pitch by a spectacular firework display.

"It's just been very, very special. It was absolutely brilliant - a big thanks to them all."



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Shearer testimonial photos
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