Over the course of the last month, Newcastle fans were craving new signings. However, Mike Ashley seemingly had other ideas and other priorities. Ashley isn’t really a football chairman, he’s a businessman, and in the 21st century it seems like those two professions are mutually exclusive. So while top of the fans’ list of priorities was a new signing, preferably a number nine, it appears that Mike forgot three of those letters and instead got a new sign!
Enough of the joking, this is a fairly serious matter. The picture above from NUFC.com clearly shows the ‘Newcastle United’ lettering from the roof of the east stand being dismantled. This famous sign is an iconic image of St James’ Park, and to change it would anger a lot of Newcastle fans. Toon Talk’s Steve Wraith said “It is sad to see a piece of history being dismantled. It has been there for a lot of years and means a lot to the fans.”
Wraith was also quick to point out that he “broke the news on Twitter six weeks ago that it was coming down.” So there’s been no secret that this was going to happen, but the Newcastle hierarchy have said that it will be replaced with identical lettering; what’s the point in removing it in the first place then? The fear is that Ashley will put something commercial up. The Sports Direct logo has already been added to the roof of the Gallowgate End, and Wraith has said: “It will be interesting to see what they replace it with. I do hope it is nothing commercial.”
Here on NothingButNewcastle.com, Dondatta13 pointed out that the picture that accompanied Newcastle’s statement regarding their business in the transfer window was a very strange one. He said “As for the Newcastle United sign on the east stand… please take a look at this recent pic (see below) I have never seen the stadium shot from this angle… I think they have already done the dirty.” There’s no doubting the picture below is framed to remove the east stand, but what do you think we’ll see there for Newcastle’s next home game against Blackburn, and how angry will you be if Sports Direct is emblazoned all over the stand?
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