2012 has started off magnificently for Newcastle United. A stunning 3-0 win against Manchester United in the Premier League was followed by a comeback victory against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, to make it two wins in two at St James’ Park this year. Added to that Newcastle have a new sponsor on their shirts and if Sir Richard Branson is to be believed, then Virgin Money could bring that little bit of luck that the Magpies need.
Newcastle players Mike Williamson, Davide Santon and Sammy Ameobi met with Sir Richard Branson yesterday and the trio will be hoping that some of his lucky charm rubbed off on them. Mr Branson told NUFC TV that “Twenty years ago, we sponsored Crystal Palace and they got to the FA Cup final. Then last week, we sponsored Newcastle and they beat Manchester United 3-0.” Not only that, but Alan Pardew played in that Palace team as well, so maybe that’s a lucky omen for Newcastle.
Sir Richard Branson continued: “So we’re a lucky brand, and may the luck continue throughout the rest of the season.” Let’s hope so and you never know, Richard might even get into the whole football and look to buy a Premier League club, maybe off, say, Mike Ashley? Stranger things have happened, but for now let’s just hope that Newcastle’s brilliant start with Virgin Money on their shirts continues and that 2012 will be a year that the Toon Army look back on with fondness in time to come.