Newcastle Ban Shepherd and Hall


There’s some strange news out this morning that comes from the Daily Mirror that Newcastle United (Mike Ashley) are believed to have banned former chairman Freddy Shepherd former vice-chairman Douglas Hall, from St James’ Park.

Mike Ashley is said to be involved in some business wrangle with the Shepherd family after his £133M purchase of the famous football club.

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Mike Ashley – said to have banned Shepherd family and Hall from Newcastle United games

The business wrangle (we have no idea of what the specifics of this are) culminated in the Shepherd family not being allowed into their executive box for last week’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur. Apparently Freddy’s brother Bruce was turned away, and it is believed Hall, who lives in Spain, to avoid UK taxes (what a patriot!) is also not welcome.

Shepherd, who made as much as £37.65M out of selling his 28% stake in the club, always said he wanted to remain a supporter after bowing out as Chairman in August of this year. The Hall family held 41.6% of the shares, and made around £55M from selling to Mike Ashley in July.

This is rather strange but we do know there were some strange or non-standard business dealings that Shepherd and the board had been doing including spending the investment from Northern Rock before it was even into the club’s coffers.

The Daily Mirror quotes a ‘United insider’ as saying:

“Freddy was away, but Bruce wanted to use the box, as he usually would.”“But he was told by a club official that it had been closed off.”

“It meant Bruce could not get into his VIP seats, and he was not very impressed to say the least.”

We think it’s fair to say that Bruce Hall is not too well liked by the fans – because it looks to many of us that he was running Newcastle for his own selfish good. So if he wasn’t impressed that he couldn’t get into his VIP seat for the Tottenham game – hard luck!

But it would be nice to know what the source of the argument is.  It’s probably got to do with the non-standard business practices Shepherd and the board seemed to engage in while running Newcastle United. Until we know specifically what the argument is, there’s not too much more we can add to this story.

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • Dirk

    Oct 31, 2007 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #1

    lol

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Oct 31, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #2

    They should be welcomed to the club at every opportunity – to act as a reminder of how things used to be .

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  • yemozone

    Oct 31, 2007 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #3

    what is lol ?

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  • George

    Oct 31, 2007 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Until proof of banishment and of alleged crime, we are going to get loads of people saying “my mate who knows so and so at the club reckons” then a cock and bull story.
    I would think that the way MA does business, he will retain dignity and not say anything to anyone other than those that need to know, and lets face it, we do not need to know. The Hall and Shepherd era is in the past now, let us move forward. If they are not allowed into the ground, does it matter to us. Do we really care. No, only gossip mongers will gain any satisfaction from this, so lets not even concern ourselves with this insignificance.

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  • Ru

    Oct 31, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree Bobby. But, can we lock them in stocks and pelt them with rotten vegetables too? 🙂

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  • Todd B

    Oct 31, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #6

    There already were reports that the debt facing the club was much higher than Ashley was told when he was considering buying the team. This may simply be a case of Ashley being angry over unethical business tactics. And in that case, it would be hard to blame him for being upset. Especially if it cost him millions of pounds in the process.

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  • Dingo

    Oct 31, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #7

    lol is net speak for Laugh Out Loud yemozone…. like rofl lmao and many more.

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  • Leo

    Oct 31, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #8

    ah hahahahahaha, lol means laughing out loud

    rofl rolling over the floor laughing i think

    and if i wasnt on my bed i would be

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  • yemozone

    Oct 31, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #9

    thanks Dingo

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  • Rob kirton

    Oct 31, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #10

    “We think it’s fair to say that Bruce Hall is not too well liked by the fans – because it looks to many of us that he was running Newcastle for his own selfish good”

    Bruce Hall – Whos he?

    Love child of Douglas Hall and Bruce Shepherd. I don’t think either actually got too close to actually running Newcastle United. It was their fathers…

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  • Rob kirton

    Oct 31, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #11

    oops father / brother..

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  • hadrian

    Oct 31, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #12

    HAHA , great read to start the day .
    lets face it , there is far more went on behind the scenes at SJP than any of us know when fat fred was in charge . i trust anything ashley wants todo .
    he’s done loads so far in his time as chairman to try and get a bit more community behind the club . its also well documented that ashley hates anykind of dodgey dealings at the expense of his customers .

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