Alan Shearer ‘feared he had killed team-mate’ after eight-hour booze session

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Alan Shearer was left fearing a manslaughter charge after seeing blood pouring from the head of his Newcastle team-mate after they exchanged blows during a night out.

The iconic Premier League striker, who celebrates his 52nd birthday on Saturday (August 13) played for his boyhood club between 1996 and 2006, sharing two of those 10 seasons with former Northern Ireland forward Keith Gillespie.

Although the duo shared the pitch as colleagues on 51 occasions and even combined for two goals, their most memorable interaction happened on a night out during a pre-season tour.

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Shearer said at a charity dinner back in 2016: "There’s my version and there’s Keith's version, this is the truth because Keith was so p***** he didn't know what was going on.

"We went to Dublin for a few days, Kenny (Dalglish) took us over there – well he sent Terry McDermott with us which was the first mistake.

"The first afternoon we had a curfew of 7pm, we get to 6.30pm and had been drinking for four five hours and the guys looked at me as the captain and they say I don’t want to go home, we don't want to go to the hotel, so I said we either all go back or we all stay, I thought well he can't fine us all and he can't kick us all out.

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"So we decided to stay and the drinks got heavier and heavier and Keith just stupidly decided to knock a whole table of glasses over and smashed the whole lot in the bar, that was the first one.

"The girl came over to clean up and I said in an aggressive way, Keith you’re bang out of order help the lady clear them up. An hour later the tables filled up again, he did the same thing again.

"So I looked at him and said 'get outside', so we’ve walked out the door and I’ve gone first and he's hit me on the back of the head, he properly smacked me.

"I’ve seen the red mist and turned round and smacked him and I can just see him falling and falling and falling and he’s fell further back and banged his head off the concrete."

A panicked Shearer then saw blood pouring from the head of Gillespie, with whom he had been drinking for a full eight hours.

He said: "I’m thinking ‘oh my God, I’m going to get done for manslaughter here’.

"Steve Howey was first out of the place and said ‘Jesus what has happened?’

"I said whatever has happened he has fallen over a plant pot, and I said I am going to leave now as the police are coming, the ambulance is coming I’m going back to the hotel."

Luckily for Shearer, Gillespie made a full recovery from his fall – but was well advised not to pick a scrap with his skipper going forwards.


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