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Wednesday, 27th September, 2017

Freddy Shepherd – Thanks For The Memories

RIP Freddy Shepherd - Passed Away

It was sadly announced yesterday that Freddy Shepherd, ex Newcastle chairman had passed away. If you don’t like football or are under 25, you probably don’t remember Newcastle United the way I do and so many Geordies do, because when I was growing up Newcastle were big title challengers for many years; Thanks to Sir John Hall and Freddy Shepherd.

In the early 90’s along with Sir John Hall, he brought us Kevin Keegan as manager, and that was really the start of the era when Newcastle were known as The Entertainers. In the 92-93 season Newcastle were promoted from Division 1 to the Premier League as champions, and in their first season went on to finish 3rd, something only equalled in the Premier League era by Nottingham Forrest who did the same the following year. The first season in the Premier League Andy Cole was the top goalscorer, who was later sold part way through the next season.

Then players who are now thought of as legends started to come. Phillipe Albert, “Sir” Les Ferdinand and David Ginola are still highly regarded in Newcastle and are heroes of the city. Then came the big one…

Alan Shearer Signs World Record Transfer for Newcastle

Newcastle United broke the World Record Transfer Fee! Yes, WORLD RECORD! Alan Shearer came home from Blackburn for £15M!

There were of course a few bad moments and bad times, but I think that my generation of Newcastle fans will remember the good far, far more than the bad.

Beating Barcelona 3-2 at home, with Tino Asprilla scoring a hattrick

That 5 – 0 win against Man Utd.

Two FA Cup finals

Two second place finishes in the Premier League, with genuine aspirations of playing well and doing well

Being excited to watch Newcastle

The expectations of winning every match, with losing and even drawing seeming terrible

Bobby Robson

And so much more!

Being a kid growing up watching Newcastle in those times were so good, largely down to Shepherd and Hall at the helm. Michael Owen was later brought in with Shepherd at the helm for a club record fee of £16M in 2005, a record which still stands. That kind of underlines how Newcastle United has never kicked on since then.

So thanks for the memories! It was a brilliant time to be a kid and watch Newcastle United!

R.I.P Freddy Shepherd



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