Alan Shearer has been honoured twice for his achievements at Blackburn Rovers by the club’s fans in a poll conducted as part of The Football League's 125th Anniversary celebrations.
The legendary striker has been voted as the club’s greatest ever player and the all-time fans’ favourite after his four years with Blackburn that saw him net 130 times in just 171 games, cement his status as England’s leading front-man and become a Premier League winner.
He polled 45% of the votes to become the fans’ favourite, ahead of Turkish playmaker Tugay on 27%, and the same players made up the top two of the all-time greatest list with Shearer taking 48% of the votes and Tugay again on 27%.
Blackburn won the Premier League in 1994/95 so it was no surprise that season was voted as the club’s greatest with a massive 90% of the vote, and the manager and captain – Kenny Dalglish and Tim Sherwood respectively – also top the greatest boss and skipper lists.
Dalglish picked up 71% of the managerial votes, ahead of Bob Crompton and Graeme Souness, while Sherwood took home 35% of the captaincy tally to edge out Colin Hendry and Ryan Nelsen, who were tied for second.
Rovers’ greatest game in the eyes of the fans came in 2001 when they thrashed local rivals Burnley 5-0 at Ewood Park and that took 49% of the vote, with its closest challenger a 4-3 win against Manchester United in 2006 on 32%.
Shearer sits alongside legends of the game including Brian Clough, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Tom Finney, Billy Wright, Sir Stnaley Matthews, Trevor Francis, Billy Bremner and Herbert Chapman who have all been named in a list of the greatest contributors to clubs’ league history in a vote as part of The Football League’s 125th Anniversary celebrations.
The names feature in lists for each of the current 72 Football League clubs’ greatest in various categories including managers, players, captains, fan favourites, matches and seasons. The polls were run by The Football League to celebrate each club’s own contribution to the last 125 years of league football. The results have been announced on the anniversary of The Football League’s formation on 17th April 1888 to bring down the curtain on a year of activity celebrating the start of the world’s original league football competition.
Nearly 100,000 votes were cast in the polls after clubs were first invited to compile their own shortlist for each category based on fans’ nominations via social media.
Supporters can find out more about The Football League’s 125th Anniversary at www.FL125.co.uk
. Fans also still have a chance to visit a special exhibition called ‘Game Changers’ at the National Football Museum in Manchester celebrating 125 years of The Football League, with contributions from every club. The exhibition is free to enter and open 7 days a week – for more details visit http://po.st/GameChangers