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Memories of Shearer

Posted on 12 December 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Kasey Keller recalled a 13-minute hat-trick when asked about his record in repelling the goalscoring threat of Newcastle's premier marksman Alan Shearer.

The game in question was back in February 1997 when Leicester travelled to St James Park and stormed into a 3-1 lead with goals from Matt Elliott, Steve Claridge and Emile Heskey overturning a 3rd minute goal from Robbie Elliott.

Cue a Shearer onslaught. The former England captain turned the tables with a quickfire treble that, not suprisingly, is still fresh in Kasey's memory.

"He scored a 13-minute hat-trick past me one time!" he responded to the Shearer query. Leicester were 3-1 up, doing really well and he took over. He smashed in a free-kick and a couple of point-blank efforts.

"My record against him is not as good as I would like, but it is alright."

Fast forward nearly seven years and Kasey is, once again, heading to the North East to face Newcastle and the aforementioned Shearer. It is an occasion the USA international approaches with some relish.

"It is a tough place to go, but has always been one of the most fun places I know to go and play," he added. "It is a great atmosphere, a great stadium and they are a good team to play against.

"They are an attacking team, they are not going to sit there and bore you to death - they are going to come at you. It will be fun to go there and try and pick something up.

"You know you are going to be up against it, but we will go for it."