Alan Shearer is one of Tyneside's best-known figures. His ten-year stint with Newcastle United began in 1996 and ended with him scoring a record 206 goals. He also appeared for England 63 times, scoring 34 goals. Managing the final games of the 2009 season, Shearer failed to steer Newcastle away from relegation. Today, he is a BBC football pundit.
Brian was appointed Editor of The Journal in December 2003, joining from Trinity Mirror's Liverpool base where he was Editorial Development Manager for the company's regional titles. He has also held senior positions at the Daily Record and the Evening Express, Aberdeen, as well as being a former Editor of the Lincolnshire Echo.