English football will never forget the impact Alan Shearer had at St. James’ Park with Newcastle, as he frequently scored season after season on his way to becoming the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer with an incredible 260 goals.
Shearer’s influence at Blackburn — the club where his goal-scoring proficiency started to take shape — however, was arguably on the same scale given what the English centre-forward was able to accomplish at Ewood Park.
Shearer arrived at Blackburn back in the summer of 1992 as a 21-year-old from Southampton for a domestic transfer record of £3.6m (via the Independent), rejecting a move to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in the process with owner at the time Jack Walker playing a crucial role in bringing Shearer to Lancashire.
Shearer’s move to Blackburn was one that truly altered the dynamics in the earlier years of the Premiership/Premier League era with the former Southampton man helping his new side to eventually win the title and stop the club he could have joined — Manchester United — from winning a third successive one.
Despite suffering a nasty anterior cruciate ligament injury during his first season with the club, Shearer would go on to score a record 34 goals the campaign after, forming a deadly strike partnership dubbed as the SAS alongside Chris Sutton, with Blackburn going on to win the 1994/95 Premiership title under manager Kenny Dalglish.
In Shearer, Blackburn had England’s best No.9 since Gary Linker and set the precedent of spending big on a centre-forward to achieve glory in this new age of English football.
Unfortunately for Blackburn, though, further glory in the Premiership would not come with Manchester United managing to reassert their authority before Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal entered the scene to make things interesting again.
Nevertheless, Blackburn’s 1994/95 title triumph is one that supporters will forever hold dear, and it was a triumph largely down to Shearer.
Shearer’s transfer from Southampton to Blackburn was what Robin van Persie to Manchester United, Sergio Aguero to Manchester City and Diego Costa to Chelsea are. The transfer of a centre-forward — for a reasonably high sum — that swayed the club’s fortune in the title race and, ultimately, a formula for future club’s with their own title aspirations to follow.