Tributes flood in as former NUFC Chairman Freddy Shepherd passes away

Some sad news this afternoon confirming that former Newcastle United Chairman Freddy Shepherd has died the age of 75, passing away peacefully in his home last night.

Freddy may have made some mistakes, but he was a Geordie through and through who loved his club and gave us some unforgettable memories along the way.

He was the man who made Alan Shearer’s £15m world-record move back to his boyhood club a reality and there likely to have been no prouder Geordie on that day in 1996 than Freddy, who watched Newcastle’s new number 9 being unveiled.

Shepherd also played a key role in the transformation of St James’ Park and put his hand in his pocket to deliver our current club record signing Michael Owen. The former England striker’s move to Tyneside didn’t end well, but you can’t knock Freddy’s ambition for pulling off such a deal.

Here’s some of the fitting tributes that have flooded in since the news of his passing earlier today:

Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.

RIP Freddy. Thanks for all you’ve done for beloved football club.

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan – he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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