We had always known that ever since Mike Ashley bought Newcastle United Football Club, his three children have been avid Magpies’ supporters.
Mike Ashley – before he bought Newcastle – he looks quite happy 😀
And it seems that his kids have been responsible for persuading Mike to return to St James’ Park. The divorced English Billionaire has three children – Oliver, 18, Anna, 16, and Matilda, 11.
Oliver and Anna have been regulars at Newcastle games since their father paid £134M to buy the famous north-east club last year, and poured another £110M in to reduce the club’s enormous debt.
And it turns out they have continued to watch the Newcastle side despite the hostility following Kevin Keegan’s acrimonious and disastrous departure for the club. Newcastle fans would hardly take out whatever anger they have for Mike on his kids, after all.
16 year-old Anna was often seen at Mike’s side at St. James Park, and we know she has long blond hair. Let’s just say we have to assume the former Mrs Ashley is extremely good looking. 😀
A source close to Ashley told the Sunday Mirror today:
“The Ashley kids have really bought into the Newcastle thing and are now ardent supporters, always wearing their black and white stripes.”
“A few fans recognized them from seeing them with their father in the directors’ box, and they were encouraged by the warm reception they had from the Geordie supporters.”
“They had a big influence on Mike’s decision to reconsider.”
Maybe there is some harmony on it’s way back to Newcastle. Certainly as fans we don’t like one little bit the hostility that’s surrounded the club since Kevin left.
As we said yesterday – it makes our head hurt.
It’s just a big pity we couldn’t have scored yesterday to get a win, which we really needed. It’s now 3 draws on the trot, and we need to improve on that.
The attack yesterday looked a little toothless and Oba Martins was our best chance for a goal, before being withdrawn, which angered many Newcastle fans.
But Mark Viduka looked more than useful after he came on, and Michael will have to work hard to put in a worse performance than he gave us yesterday. But he still needs the games to recapture his form.
Oh well, that’s over now – and water under the Tyne Bridge, but we should be able to take Stoke City apart this coming Saturday (3:00 pm KO) at St. James’ Park. 😀
Looking forward to it.