The Wembley win in the 1999 FA Cup final was reasonably routine as Newcastle United were brushed aside 2-0. The Reds had won the Premier League a matter of days before and would go on to complete a historic treble against Bayern Munich in the Champions League later the same month.
It meant the FA Cup success simply got put to one side as attention shifted to Europe. Paul Scholes and Teddy Sheringham were on target against the Magpies, who were beaten in the final for the second year on the bounce.
Yet such was the appetite for a trophy in Newcastle, which stood at 30 years at the time and has been extended to 53 since, the beaten finalists returned home to fans lining the streets to welcome back their heroes. There was an open-top bus parade through the city, the second in two years after the club also held one following defeat to Arsenal in the 1998 FA Cup final.
And while United went on to make history and return to a heroes welcome with three trophies to show off, Newcastle were left thanking fans with nothing to show for their efforts.
“We did an open-top bus parade after being beaten twice in the Cup finals and you think: &aposHow f*****g stupid is this?&apos” said Shearer.
“The last time Newcastle won the FA Cup was 1955 and it was all arranged. You couldn&apost get out of it but we were the losing team coming back to Newcastle.
“But it just shows how desperate Newcastle fans are for success because there were hundreds of thousands of fans from Gosforth Park to the Civic Centre.
“It was unbelievable. Absolutely outrageous and then we had to say thanks at the Civic Centre. It was like: &aposWhat the f**k?&apos It&aposs embarrassing.
“It was like: &aposDo we really have to do a parade the next day?&apos Just cancel it, we haven&apost got an FA Cup to show off. I don&apost even know where the two losers medals are and I don&apost really care to be honest.
“I want to be around when Newcastle win a trophy because I just want to see the reaction of the fans because they have been starved of success.”