News today that twelve MPs are appealing to Newcastle United to reconsider their decision to change the name of St. James’ Park.
The sign that is no longer there
The twelve MPs have signed a Commons motion, and it condemns the name change of St. James’ Park to the Sports Direct Arena.
The motion has been signed by Labour MPs Ian Mearns, Pat Glass, Catherine McKinnell, Chi Onwurah, Nick Brown, Ian Lavery, Dennis Skinner, David Anderson, Mary Glindon, Stephen Hepburn, Alex Cunningham and Sir Alan Meale.
And the change of name to the Sports Direct Arena is supposed to be a temporary move until a sponsor can be found to buy the naming rights of St. James’ Park.
And the club have said they expect to get around £10M/year into the coffers by doing this.
Workmen removing the letters last Thursday
We just hope that Sports Direct are paying Newcastle United money for the renaming of St. James’ Park to Sports Direct Arena in the interim.
The motion says that it deeply regrets the decision to rebrand the famous ground and are urging the Tyneside club to think again.
In a new twist to the story last week, the black St. James’ Park lettering was removed from the ground last Thursday by workmen using crowbars – shown above – and that has caused renewed anger among Newcastle fans, but as usual the club is saying nothing at all to fans.
Since the signs were removed there have been two instances of graffiti being sprayed onto the wall of the stadium, and one local man has already been arrested for the first occurrence.
David Anderson is the Labour MP for Blaydon, and this is what he had to say today:
“They’ve got no interest whatsoever in the ordinary football fan.”
“They are ignoring the people who have made this the club what it is, who spent more than 100 years building this club up into an icon for our region.”
“It is total disrespect for the history and culture of our region.”
The Newcastle City Council has backed the fans and have refused to change any direction signs to St. James’ Park, and they have also asked local media organisations not to recognize the Sports Direct Arena name.
We will continue to call the ground St. James’ Park, because that’s the home of Newcastle United Football Club.