Former Newcastle Chief Freddie Fletcher Dies Of Cancer


News is coming through that former Newcastle United Chief Executive Freddie Fletcher died last night in his home in Darrass Hall.

Freddie Fletcher – passed away last night

Freddie died of a rare form of cancer, mesothelioma, which is associated with exposure to asbestos during the earlier part of your life.

The 71-year-old was in charge of Newcastle, during the years when Kevin Keegan was transforming the fortunes of Newcastle and he ended his time at Newcastle in March of 2000.

Freddie was only diagnosed with this cancer in January, and he was fighting lung cancer in hospital in April of this year and had surgery at that time, but mesothelioma is a very aggressive form of cancer unfortunately.

Sir John Hall worked with Freddie for a full 26 years, and he had this to say this morning on Freddie’s passing.

“He was instrumental to the success of Newcastle United. It’s sad to think we have lost a truly great friend. What he did behind the scenes was invaluable. My condolences go to his wife Margaret and family.”

We send out our commiserations to his family and to all those who were close to him.



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31 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    RIP Mr. Fletcher.
    I do not know much about him tbh, many may do tho, but it’s never great when someone so involved with our beloved NUFC pass away.
    Thoughts go to the families and friends,

    Bit harsh maybe, but here’s a very strong twitter rumour atm:
    Fee for Andy Carroll accepted by LFC last night from us.
    He’ll travel to the north east today.
    Just a rumour tho, albeit a well spread one now.

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  • John Tudor

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    r.i.p

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Sad news indeed, Cancer has taken so many loved ones over the years it’s just not fair. Hope his family are coping as well can be expected.

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  • alex84

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Dannyo- you gotta love Twitter, I would love to see Carroll back, him cisse and ba, who wouldn’t want that as your striking options. Would love to see hba given the free role, think he would be awesome there now as he looking back to his best.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Twatter rumours = bullshit

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  • pardew no 1

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    thoughts are with his family and friends R.I.P freddie

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  • yorkshireToon

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Ridiculous the amount of people cancer takes, R.I.P

    Dannyo – I think all of that started with Colin so all other itk’s have just started saying it too…

    Must admit I’ve never followed colin but I did yesterday just for a laugh to see what he comes out with this week

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Carroll wont move until they’ve signed a replacement.

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  • yorkshireToon

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Belfast magpie – maybe they want the Carroll deal done early do they can use the money afterwards for Dempsey?

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  • alex84

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Ah classic Collin…numpty,
    Looks like Liverpool could be after sturridge, which then could see us land Carroll.
    Anyways I think we will get Douglas and that’s it.

    Hope Medi plays on Thursday night

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  • Ian Magpie

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    To those too young to remember. Next time you are in the stadium, look around you and take it in! This man was a major part in creating what you see before you and was instrumental in the era that was the Entertainers!!! RIP Freddie Fletcher and thanks for all your hard work for the Toon!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see any deal these next few days.

    Transfer deadline day makes even the calmest of managers and chairman panic.

    I expect 1 signing for definite with the possibility of two more.

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  • martoon

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    RIP Freddie
    In interviews always came across as an affable & capable guy who did a lot of good work for the Toon

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  • josh

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Horrible way to go out. R.I.p

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #15

    I don’t follow Colin, nor anyother ITKs on twitter.
    Saw i through someone else on my timeline.

    Would contradict todays article in the journal tho 😉

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #16

    R.i.p freddy condolances and best wishes to his family

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  • Lee Dodd

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Freddie Fletcher will Be Remembered Like Sir John Hall As Someone Who brought the Good Times Home After Many Years of hell !!!!! God Bless And Sleep Tight !!!!

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    A lot of you make fun of Colin but he breaks the news for a lot of related stuff before anyone else i have seen. Same with agent ikn some of the transfers he has put out there and became true is unreal even if he does get the odd one wrong.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #19

    RIP. Tragic loss.

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  • yorkshireToon

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20

    He might have got one right if it’s contradicting the journal then!

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #21

    Dont think so mate.

    They refused to let Torres sign for Chelsea until Carroll completed his medical etc

    I Suppose they maybe myt let him begin talks with us,while they try and sign a replacement.

    I just dont believe anything off twatter lol

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #22

    I’m pissed of Colin yesterday… he gave me a ban and I feel just fine.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #23

    Feel slightly ashamed that I don’t know more about this man, sounds as if we have a lot to thank him for. RIP Freddie x

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  • steveno7

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Rest in peace Mr Freddie Fletcher .this is a sad day for NUFC the loss of a great man . .and out of respect dont post rubbish on this post .this should be left for condolances alone . if u want to talk rubbish post on other topics .

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #25

    R.I.P Freddie.

    Thanks for everything you did for the club.

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  • steveno7

    Aug 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #26

    @ian magpie
    well said .these youngsters on this ait that think u know about nufc .take note what ian said .

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  • MacToon

    Aug 28, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #27

    R.I.P Freddie, thanks for everything you did for NUFC.

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  • toonincheek

    Aug 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #28

    R.i.p Freddy Fletcher, condolances and best wishes to his family

    And sod off to all posters who go off topic and try to hijack the thread.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Aug 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #29

    R.I.P

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  • stuart no9

    Aug 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #30

    sad to see some of the posts on here regarding the topic. i am sure football matters could have waited till the next thread arrived. thanks freddie.i hope we can build a team to be worthy of all the hard work you put in to help give us 1 of the best stadiums in europe.

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  • solano

    Aug 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Freddie Fletcher..sad to see someone go who undoubtedly contributed to the greater good of NUFC…but for those who think he was “affable” and a true “supporter”….I’m afraid that just isn’t quite right. He was a Glasgow Rangers Exec before he arrived on the Tyne and was a figure of some controversy. He could sometimes be very abrasive when pushing things through from above and could be insensitive to those (inc. the fans) who had kept the club going in the very dark, pre-Magpie Group days.
    Nevertheless, many condolences.

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