Great story on BBC Sports about Mike Ashley’s celebrations on Wednesday night, after the home game with Barnsley.
Apparently after the game Mike went to the Blu Babu night-club, in Newcastle’s famous Bigg Market, to celebrate Newcastle first win that Mike had actually attended in person.
However, Ashley still had his world-famous black and white striped Newcastle shirt on, and was refused entry, because he wasn’t dressed accordingly.
He was breaking the dress code at the nightclub - right
Mike Ashley – celebrated after game – they wouldn’t let me in – but drinks on me
But after showing the manager of the night-club his business card (Chris Mort was also with him and identified himself) to prove he was indeed the owner of Newcastle’s football club – guess what?
Yes – right again – he was allowed in. Really good call by Mark Jones, chairman of Ultimate Leisure, who own the night club
The Newcastle United owner then bought drinks for all 300 visitors at the club and tipped the bar staff Â£500. Mark Jones, chairman of Ultimate Leisure, which owns the bar based in the city’s Bigg Market area told the BBC:
“Our assistant manager spotted the football shirt and told Mike he would not be allowed in because of our no team colors policy.”
“At this point, Mike and Newcastle chairman Chris Mort took out their business cards and explained who they were.”
“A quick decision was then taken to modify our policy to allow only football club owners to wear their team’s colors.”
“They came in and drank in the VIP lounge.”
“They were really friendly and Chris Mort got on the DJ’s microphone and announced he and Mike would buy everyone inside a drink.”
We wonder how quick the decision to modify their dress policy took – one, or would it be two seconds. Mike and Chris then apparently posed for photographs and talked to Newcastle fans until the bar closed at 3am. The bar bill racked up was Â£2,500. Well, we are very pleased to hear that Mike and Chris like to enjoy themselves – good for them! They obviously qualify as true Newcastle fans.
Mike and Chris - relaxing after Newcastle win against BarnsleyÂ
We also expect they got some inside tips from the Geordie fans as to who Newcastle should be signing before the end of the transfer window at midnight tonight. Wonder if they noted the names down – or could remember who they were the next morning
Mike, 42-year-old, is said to be the UK’s 25th wealthiest person and according to the Sunday Times, he is worth around Â£1.9B. We really hope Mike will continue to celebrate every Newcastle win (and there’ll be a lot more of these under Big Sam). We suppose he can always claim the bar bill as a business expense – especially if he buys everyone a drink.
Great story! and good for you Mike (and Chris)