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Newcastle To Have Virgin Money On Their Shirts Tonight?

12:38 pm, Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 66 Comments

Newcastle could meet Manchester United tonight with a new sponsor name on their shirts.


The new sponsor is Richard Branton’s Virgin Money who only recently took over Northern Rock, Newcastle’s previous sponsor.

The news in the local press today is that a deal has been agreed between Newcastle and Virgin Money and the deal is to take effect almost immediately, so it will be interesting to see if the lads  have Virgin Money on their shirts.

The game tonight against Manchester United is to be televised live around the world.

It seems almost surreal that owner Mike Ashley will have the name money on the shirts of the Newcastle United players.

A statement is expected on the Newcastle web-site some time today, that a deal has indeed been agreed, and we just hope it’s a decent deal as far as the money goes,  because our understanding was the club was getting a measly £2.5M a year from Northern Rock.

Northern Rock was sold to Richard Branson’s Virgin company in a £747M deal in November – after Northern Rock had gone bankrupt back in September of 2007, and was only saved by the UK governmental with taxpayer’s money.

As we mentioned earlier,  Northern  Rock brokered a £10m deal a year ago to sponsor Newcastle United for four years,  but that agreement could be terminated at any time, and we have to hope the new deal is at least twice that amount that will go into Newcastle’s coffers.

We’ll keep checking the Newcastle web-site today but we think it’s likely there will be Virgin Money emblem on the shirts tonight, and surely the lads can now win their first game with Virgin money’s backing. :D

We wonder if Richard Branston would like to buy a football club?

Comments  welcome.



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66 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieToon89 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11915/7410413/De-Jong-reveals-Prem-dream

    We should seriously get our acts together and buy this lad

  • 2 Dannyo // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    That would be great news, altho i don’t think the virgin logo is all that, but this has to be a big money deal.
    Surely a logo on the shirt is worth more than £2,5 mill a year.

  • 3 toonruz // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/2373/61084901black.jpg

  • 4 Dannyo // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    @GT89
    Could be that it’s possible with the new Virgin deal.

  • 5 BelfastMagpie87 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Thats the transfer fund for January then.lol

  • 6 BelfastMagpie87 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    So will we all get refunds for are Northern Rock sponsored tops?? ;)

  • 7 GeordieToon89 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    The former Marseille playmaker said: “When I scored at Bolton, I was close to tears because I could feel the positive vibes from the fans sweeping down from the stands.

    “It was my first goal since coming back from injury.

    “The atmosphere when I scored was moving and it brought a tear to my eye.

    “It was one of the best moments of my career.”

    A Love Ben Arfa…

  • 8 WWJBD // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Oh we are the virgin team now…..I liked having northern rock scrawled across my chest

    Ah wel my Northern identity is still intact bring on the virgin moniker

  • 9 GeordieToon89 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    toonruz – nice mate but it wont say Virgin Media it will say Virgin Money

  • 10 Dannyo // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    @Belfast
    No way that will go for transfers mate, that’s only there to balance the books and probably give us a positive turnover for the first time in over a decade.
    Transfer fees comes from selling players, mark my words.

  • 11 GeordieToon89 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Belfast – Dont be asking for refunds because it will come out of our transfer kitty lmao

  • 12 BelfastMagpie87 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Think the national press are shit stirring the whole Ben Arfa story.

  • 13 Dannyo // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    @Belfast
    If u get refunds for the Northern Rock tops, i want refund for my NTL top

  • 14 GeordieToon89 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Oh btw just to confirm i was actually watching the Liverpool game and not something else..

    Pardew says we controlled the game without threatening is that true? Could of swore we were p*ss poor

  • 15 Dannyo // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    @GT89
    I read that too. He’s 50 years old mate, must be remembering the wrong game…

  • 16 BelfastMagpie87 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    I want a F***** refund.Haha

    You’s do know this 8 million transfer kitty will have to cover Transfer fee,wages,3 year contract etc.??lol

    So It’ll probably work out we have 2 million.

  • 17 toonruz // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    i got that pic off twitter i have no idea i that is what the top will look like but its 100 times better than spd all over it

  • 18 BelfastMagpie87 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    The Liverpool game was embarrasing ffs.lol

    We didn’t even turn up so f**** knows what match Pards was watching. lol

  • 19 toonashwin // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    some one in last post asked
    so here is your answer sir
    rodelga is stalling his contract and desperate for move
    2-3 m is far better than free tranfer in summer

  • 20 toonruz // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    u ask me pardew tactics have been shocking for the last 5 games and the reason we started hoofing the ball again is because of williamson he not good enough or clever enough to keep the ball on the deck

  • 21 GeordieToon89 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Rodelegga is sh*t.. so over-rated its unreal

    whos the best people to follow on twitter only just got it so dont really know
    ive got MSI Douglas and Lee Ryder so far.. whats that Colins twitter thing he’s good for a laugh

  • 22 Jan Stavik // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    The Toon jersey is lovely anway which sponsor is on it!

  • 23 GeordieToon89 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Williamsons only played the last 2 games though

  • 24 Toon Tang // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    the government must be governmental buying them bastards out hahaha

  • 25 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    @toonruz // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    i don’t know what game you were watching. Even Jonas and Raylor and Simpson and ESPECIALLY KRUL were guilty of playing tennis at Bolton. Not only Williamson.

  • 26 BelfastMagpie87 // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    I predict much of the same for 2nite.Hooooooooffffffffff!!!!

    Apparently this is Ba’s last game ffs.

  • 27 toonruz // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    GeordieToon89
    i know that but when he was in the team last season all we done was hoof ball , its all started since taylor got injured perch was no better

  • 28 NUFCkris // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Any of u lads think we should adopt a new formation since our wingers give us minimal goal threat.

    ———————————-Krul———————————–

    –Simpson—–Williamson——–(c)Collocini——-Santon–
    ———————————-Tiote———————————–
    —————-Cabaye———————Guthrie——————-

    ————–HBA——————————-Marveaux/Guti—-
    ———————————–Ba————————————-

    Tiote sitting just in front of the back four like a pitbull, cabaye and guthrie splitting defences with through balls and ben arfa and marveaux or gutierrez supporting ba. If only ;)

  • 29 Toon Tang // Jan 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    @gt89 (21)

    get our joeys mate . always keeps you up to date with current affairs and trivia nuggats.

  • 30 JBax97 // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Cue endless “virgin” jokes from other clubs…

  • 31 GeordieToon89 // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Oo aye Joey jus nabbed him haha

  • 32 kevymartins // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    We all hada admitt that vergin media sponser looks way better than the shi tty northern rock plus it will pump way more money than what northern rock did

  • 33 BelfastMagpie87 // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    That first half against Bolton was like watching us the season we went down.F***** terrible ffs……

  • 34 roshan MAGPIE // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    hope ben ARFA starts and hope PARDEw uses some different formation and play short pass game rather than hoof ball game

  • 35 Ponderous Pardew // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Buy us outright, Branson!? ;)

  • 36 kevymartins // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    jbax other clubs can call me a virgin all they want i mean it looks better than man utd’s sh itty Aon atleaste it will put an extra few quid in are pockets

    would any1 fire a good bid in for gyan because i certainly would

  • 37 super magpie // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    @GT89

    Cwarr07, it was unbelievable how much shit he was making up, for example- I’m a friends with a NUFC insider and all transfer rumours are fake unless I know they’re true

  • 38 kevymartins // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    whats with all the negativity on here? because were on a bad streak were the worst team in the league an we all new this time would come

    as pardrew said we are the 7th best team in the premier league now wow thats pritty good

  • 39 Niff in the USA // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    … Some facebook talk is that De Jong is on his way to Cesspool

  • 40 JackButler // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    I’m surprised that the players don’t have a ‘FOR SALE’ on their shirts, so Virgin Money is not as bad as it could be

  • 41 toonruz // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Ponderous Pardew //
    wishfull thinking would be a dream come true mr branson buying us

  • 42 SBergenwall // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Oh great…Just got a shirt for christmas and now the sponsorships changing.. Oh well

  • 43 JackButler // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Am waiting for Branson to buy the naming rights for the Stadium

  • 44 Dannyo // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Tbh, i don’t think MA wants to sell, with this deal in the box, we’ll have a positive turnover starting this year.
    So now that that’s sorted, go get us some players then MA…

  • 45 kevymartins // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    @Niff who in there right mind would take rumors off fbook?

    saying that liverpool will prob be bidding for every player they see us going for because there like that

    kenny’s transfer list….google nwcastle united january transfer targets

  • 46 Toon Tang // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    which is probably 0 kevy haha. kenny is screwed now, heel have to resort to plan B which is …

  • 47 Niff in the USA // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    SSN also has it Kevy. Might be accurate. This in mind I’m on my phone cause internet is hard to get for me right now xD

  • 48 Crow59Cdo // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    @ ponderous pardew – if only mate

    This has just opened another can of worms as everyones going to assume as theres more money being pumped into the club theres gunna be a greater transfer fund hahah roll on the rumours

    @toonashwin

    I commented previously on the Rodellega post for 2-3 million and perosnally i would love it to happen, was just stating about the nzog affair and how mr whealan dealt with that

  • 49 JackButler // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=virgin+money+logo&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1366&bih=667&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=b0S9hPLd0CTxOM:&imgrefurl=http://thefinancialbrand.com/8535/branson-launches-virgin-bank/&docid=GyJBwrBf72ME3M&imgurl=http://thefinancialbrand.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/virgin-money-once-over.jpg&w=460&h=661&ei=qVEET96IL8Lf8QPd7JyfAQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=359&vpy=232&dur=160&hovh=269&hovw=187&tx=105&ty=148&sig=114567951352890167545&page=4&tbnh=193&tbnw=147&start=54&ndsp=16&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:54

    Oh dear God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 50 Selbymag // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Hope they are going to give people the Iron on new sposor like they did when they switched sponsors in my shirt wearing days!!

    Greenalls to Blue Star apologies if im incorrect.

    TBH im of the belief that once over the leagal drinking age football shirts are for playing football in.

    Need to sort several out for the bairn as he has all 3 shirts this season DUH!!

  • 51 kevymartins // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Yes but i could go onto facebook right now and write liverpool set to sign james tomkins an 2mara they would probably have a fee agreed for him

  • 52 toonashwin // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    philosophy games result
    1 mtch at time 11 matches 25 pts
    3 mtchs 3 matches 1 pt
    big three
    4 matches at go 5matches 4 pts
    2games at go
    (lfc and mufc ) 2 matches 0 and
    still counting

    so its time to go to our old philosophy of one match at time
    and see the results
    HWTL

  • 53 NUFCkris // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Any of u lads think we should adopt a new formation since our wingers give us minimal goal threat.

    ……………………………………….Krul………………………………………….Simpson……Williamson………….(c)Collocini………Santon..
    ………………………………………Tiote……………………………………….
    ……………………Cabaye…………………..Guthrie………………………

    …………………HBA…………………………..Marveaux/Guti…………
    ………………………………………..Ba………………………………………….

    Tiote sitting just in front of the back four like a pitbull, cabaye and guthrie splitting defences with through balls and ben arfa and marveaux or gutierrez supporting ba. If only

  • 54 scrotty // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Just found a site with player stats on. Check out Shola: 6 goals per season average.

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/8958/shola-ameobi?cc=5739

    Can we really afford to not buy a striker??????

  • 55 Crow59Cdo // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/32242/leon-best?cc=5739

    stats on leon best this season, i know the hoof ball tactic is far from great but it shows with best it works, it not all about the goals and assists it more whjat he contributes to the team as a whole, his hold up play is terrific and for a biggish man has a good touch and power, although for tonight everyone is screaming for benny to start (which i agree with and think he should play behind the front two) im screaming for best to start especially with manures defensive difficulties i think he’ll cause so real problems and also give him some confidence before ba goes to the acn

  • 56 Angryman the Angry fan // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Lads hearing from a very good source, the reason why there will be a report blackout on transfers is that we are very close to signing David Villa from Barca for 10m………………………………………….
    and Colin is normally 99.9% accurate!!

  • 57 Rowan Milsted // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    If this really happens then will Virgin incorporate St. James’ Park back into the stadium name? I’m assuming they will have both the shirt sponsor and the stadium naming rights, as originally planned. I’m trying to figure out a way it would work… Virgin Money at St. James’ Park is the best I can come up with… not sure if it works.

  • 58 jimmymagpie // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Angryman @ 56 – Happy New Year mate, you are a wag! I’m not sure what this Virgin business means until they publish the details, because Northern Rock ceased to exist on 1st Jan, when the take-over by Virgin became official – perhaps they are only ‘seeing out’ the old deal, before negotiating a new one. Hopefully, we’ll know more later, but don’t build up false hopes on player recruitment, because the boardroom needs new carpets. I wish Branson would take us over lock, stock, and barrel.

  • 59 jimmymagpie // Jan 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    By the way, I see QPR and Fulham are bidding more for players now than we are prepared to pay, but of course, they have owners who want to try and push their clubs forward, and are genuine supporters of the clubs they own, whereas we’re lumbered with a Spurs fan who is only interested in how the finance affests him.

  • 60 wynsleap // Jan 4, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Virgin Money is an ideal name on The Toon’s shirts.
    Money that is pure and untouched – just like that in Ashley’s wallet!

  • 61 stuart no9 // Jan 4, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    i think virgin money on the shirts could be a step in the right direction for the club.I know it is only a sponsor ad, however, maybe just maybe this could be the start of a great love affair with a certain mr branson and who knows , he might just offer our parasite owner a one way flight back to the smoke.cmon mr branson make him an offer!

  • 62 wynsleap // Jan 4, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Yes Stuart I agree – Mr Branson would be a much more acceptable face for this club than our tight owner.
    Come on Richard – be a Lionheart and get that offer in – you know it makes sense!

  • 63 ONLINE GUY // Jan 4, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Online guy reported 3 months back that you should expect a famous new name on the shirts (Virgin)..in the new year …. I can also report that it gets better. ..watch this space.

    Wonder if anyone can find the script I wrote at that time ?

    Itk eh ?

  • 64 stuart no9 // Jan 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    online guy and wyn im getting excited now

  • 65 ONLINE GUY // Jan 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Ed, Is that Richard Branston ?..The one that owns the Pickle Factory ? ha !

    All the best Ed Happy new year to you and your Family.

  • 66 Phil K // Jan 4, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Quite apt, as we will no doubt have rammed down our throats repeatedly (ahem) we have been trophy virgins since 1969.




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