Alan Shearer

The best striker of his generation and he came home to Tyneside when he could have gone anywhere. A magnificent 206 goals for Newcastle and his Premier League goal scoring record may never be beaten.

Only one Title winning medal, while at Blackburn, Shearer put loyalty to his hometown club before any other club and indeed his country. It was written in the stars that this son of Tyneside would finish his career scoring a goal in a 4-1 thrashing of sunderland.

A spine tingling testimonial with all proceeds going to charity sums up the great man, even setting up his own Foundation to help those less fortunate in the north east.