Is Alan Shearer married and why did the BBC star fear a manslaughter charge?

Alan Shearer starred in the show when he played for England at the European Championships 25 years ago.

And while it may seem like an old story now, Alan – one of the BBC’s Euro 2020 experts – has firmly established himself as a household name at the tournament.

His performance on the pitch at the 1996 European Championship was arguably the greatest of his career and led to him being hailed as one of the best English scorers of all time.

But things almost collapsed when he got caught up in a fight that could have cost him everything.

Alan Shearer, now 50, has retained his footballing body (Image credit: Splash News)

What happened during Alan’s night?

Alan, 50, admits that in his prime, he spent a couple of alcoholic nights with his teammates celebrating the success.

However, one such night led to an incident that changed his life almost forever.

The philanthropist revealed everything about the terrible incident during a question-and-answer session for his charity, The Alan Shearer Foundation.

I think, oh my god, I’m getting dumped here for manslaughter.

He admitted feeling scared when he hit teammate Keith Gillespie during an alcohol-fueled argument.

Alan saw him fall to the ground and bump his head against the concrete from which blood began to flow.

Shearer was enjoying a trip to Dublin with his teammates when the two started arguing because Alan thought Keith was being rude to their waitress.

He said, “I looked at him and said ‘go out’ so we went out the door and I went first and he hit me on the back of the head, he hit me right.

“I saw the red mist and I turned around and hit it and I can only see it fall and fall and fall and it fell further back and hit its head against the concrete.”

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Alan continued, “I think, oh my god, I’m getting shot here for manslaughter.”

Gillespie was hospitalized where, luckily for Shearer – the then Newcastle captain – he made a full recovery.

Alan Shearer with wife Lainya Shearer
Alan Shearer and his wife Lainya married in 1991 (Photo Credit:

Is Alan Shearer Married?

Indeed he is.

Alan married his wife Lainya in 1991. The couple celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on June 8, 2021.

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They have three children – Will, 18, Hollie, 23, and 26-year-old Chloe.

Lainya has been described by Alan as a calm, reserved person who often struggles with the limelight that comes with his fame.

How successful has Alan Shearer’s career been on the pitch?

Alan played 63 games for England and scored 30 goals in international tournaments.

With 283 career goals and 260 league goals during his career with clubs Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle United, he remains the Premier League’s all-time scorer.

The closest rival is runner-up Wayne Rooney with 208 goals – a pretty impressive gap.

Alan is the only player on the list to have scored a century with two separate clubs.

He is also the only player to have won the Golden Boot for three consecutive seasons.

Alan Shearer poses with his CBE
Alan Shearer poses with his CBE at Buckingham Palace in December 2016 (Photo credit:

Has Alan Shearer won any other awards?

Shearer has received a number of honors for his athletic career, including an OBE and a CBE.

He was also granted the Freedom of Honor from the City of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and in 2009 he was named a Doctor of Civil Law by Newcastle University.

In 2016, due to its iconic status at the club, a sculpture was placed outside Newcastle FC’s St James’ Park.

In April of this year, Alan became the first player ever to be inducted into the Premier League Hall Of Fame.

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Ian Wright leads Match of the Day with colleagues Gary Linekar and Alan Shearer (Image: BBC)

What is Alan Shearer’s net worth?

He’s long retired, but the father of three didn’t end his football days.

In fact, Alan has had a career most can only dream of with a personal fortune to match.

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Since he hung up his boots in 2006, Alan has been consistently working as a pundit.

He also had a brief off-screen time as the interim manager of former Newcastle United club for eight games.

With a long and hugely successful career off the field, Alan has a current net worth of £ 40 million.

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