‘How f***ing stupid is this?’ – Alan Shearer recalls embarrassment at Newcastle’s open-top bus parades for LOSING finals | The Sun
ALAN SHEARER has recalled his embarrassment at Newcastle holding open-top bus parades after losing finals in the 90s.
The trophy-desperate Magpies finished 13th in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons and managed to reached the FA Cup finals on both occasions.
But 2-0 defeats to Arsenal and then Manchester United followed at Wembley in consecutive years.
Despite the losses, Newcastle still held open-top bus parades on both occasions.
While the club confirmed they won't be continuing the strange traditional if they lose against Manchester United in this week's Carabao Cup Final, the memories still make Shearer cringe.
He told Match of the Day's Top 10 podcast: "We did open-top bus parades after being beaten twice in the cup finals which make you think … how f***ing stupid is this?
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"It just shows how desperate the Newcastle fans are for success because there was hundreds of thousands of fans."
Host Gary Lineker said: "Only in Newcastle would they all turn out."
Shearer added: "Unbelievable. I mean it's absolutely outrageous.
"Hundreds of thousands of fans lining the streets. It's like, ah, it's embarrassing [to not have a trophy to show]."
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Despite his famous goalscoring abilities, Shearer would not win a single trophy during his 10 year spell at his beloved Newcastle.
The only major trophy he won in his career was the 1994-95 Premier League with Blackburn, although the former striker does have an array of individual awards and records to mark his career.
Newcastle have confirmed they won't be having any parades should they fail to beat Manchester United on Sunday.
But if Eddie Howe and his team win their first major trophy since 1955, officials have planned for a parade through Tyneside on Tuesday.
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