Newcastle United’s New Era – By the Numbers

Here are some significant numbers – important over the last amazing few weeks – that point boldly to a new era for Newcastle United and their fans.


  • 133 amount in millions it will take from Mike Ashley to takeover Newcastle United and own the club
  • 270 amount in millions Mike Ashley is willing to invest in Newcastle over the next five years to make them moiré successful than ever
  • 45 the investment in millions Ashley is giving Sam Allardyce for this summer’s transfer market
  • 400 the total amount in millions Mike Ashley is spending to buy Newcastle United PLC – plus his anticipated investment for five years
  • 700 the amount in millions to be invested in Newcastle United over the next five years – this includes Ashley’s investment plus the ₤300M planned investment to upgrade Newcastle United with hotels, a convention center plus an increased capacity of at least 60,000 for the stadium
  • 3 the number of years Ashley expects it to take Newcastle to win the Premiership
  • 5 the number of years Ashley expects it to take Newcastle to be challenging for the European Champions league
  • 10 the number of years Freddy Shepherd has been (was) Chairman of Newcastle United
  • 93 the estimated amount in millions the Hall family has taken out of Newcastle United since they first got involved in 1990
  • 39 the number of millions Shepherd will get for his 29.8% share in Newcastle United PLC – if he sells
  • 2 the number of inches Newcastle fans have been walking off the ground since Mike Ashley announced his takeover plans for Newcastle 😀

8 comments so far

  • Craig

    May 28, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    An interestin piece coming from The Sun:

    ‘Shepherd is already within touching distance of the 30 per cent threshold which would oblige him to make an offer to buy all other shares. And it’s reported he can count on being able to purchase low-key ally Len Hatton’s 3.88 per cent stake at any time. If Shepherd then approached United’s institutional investors – who own around 22 per cent of the club – with an offer in excess of 100p per share, he would almost boost his holding to well over 50 per cent and leave Ashley himself with little choice but to sell up.’

    We still have every reason to be cautious.

  • Kein

    May 28, 2007 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope he (FFS) doesn’t do that to Newcastle!

  • Ed Harrison

    May 28, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #3

    craig – i saw that – it was in the sunday sun yesterday in fact – but even if Shepherd tries that – he doesn’t have the money to invest like Ashley does.
    But you’re probably right we need to see what happens this week – but hasn’t Shepherd had his time at Newcastle? THis is just too good for Newcastle not to make it happen. Honorable men would step aside. 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    May 28, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Kein – he’d be despised even more than he is now – if he even tries it. But i believe that Ashley is very capable of out- thinking him on this.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 28, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Calling Geordie Fans – we need your comments on this story
    Can Newcastle Win The Premiership In 3 Years?

  • reggie22

    May 28, 2007 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #6

    i do think freddie would attempt this but all the fans that own shares now have a duty they can sell there shares to freddie or ashley its these small majorities that will decide the future of our club so hopefully they do the right thing and i think he has to if fredddie wanted it that bad he would have picked up some more shares before now and Mr hall would have sold him his shares if he had the clubs best interests at heart but he hasn’t i personally know i wont be visiting the sacred temple if freddie kicks of and i think the same goes for quite a few i think the fans will get what they want but it wont be easy and i sure as hell wouldn’t want 50,000 angry Geordie’s baying for my blood every home game !

  • Ed Harrison

    May 28, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #7

    reggie22 – that’s exactly what will happen – first protest to Shepherd will be from this site !! He knows he’s beaten – he’s not that stupid.

  • Andy T

    May 29, 2007 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    I dont think FFS would be stupid enough to mount a counter bid.
    First of all he doesn’t have the readies to do it. He would have to get a consortium together to provide the funding. Now there might be some willing investors out there – but they would also then have to share the spoils with FFS. If they had enough sense to have generated that amount of money in the first place, they would probably have enough sense to spot that there investment might go to the dogs due to the reaction by the supporters.


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