Richard Branson is the owner of Newcastle’s new shirt sponsors, Virgin Money.
Richard Branson – he plays on the left wing apparently
And with those shirts Newcastle have won their last two games at St. James’ Park beating Manchester United 3-0 in the league for the first time in over 10 years, and then Blackburn Rovers 1-0 in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
And we noticed when Alan Pardew was playing for Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Final against Manchester United back in 1990, Virgin were also the sponsors of Palace at that time.
There are some good photos of Richard with Newcastle players Mike Williamson, Davide Santon and Sammy Ameobi today at the Virgin Money store in Northumberland Street.
Virgin Money recently took over Northern Rock, and they last week agreed to do a two year deal to sponsor the Newcastle shirts, and the reports are that Newcastle will be getting £10M a year, but that seems a little high and is certainly not confirmed by the club.
Richard gives the thumbs up with Mike Williamson
To give him his formal name – Sir Richard Branson spoke to nufcTV today:
“Twenty years ago, we sponsored Crystal Palace and they got to the FA Cup final. Then last week, we sponsored Newcastle and they beat Manchester United 3-0.”
“So we’re a lucky brand, and may the luck continue throughout the rest of the season.”
Now all we need is for Richard to fall in love with Newcastle United and decide he likes the club and the fans so much that he will buy out current owner Mike Ashley it would take around £300M we think.
It would be fabulous to have a man like Richard Branson as the next owner of Newcastle United, and like he has done with his other businesses he would simply get the best people in to run his new business.
That would be Newcastle United Football Club in this instance – and Richard would want to be the best in the business.
And that would mean having Newcastle in the European Champions League and everything else that goes with being one of the big and most successful clubs in England.
That’s what we want to see, and the sooner the better.