Good news coming through that Newcastle’s ground will be renamed back to St James’ Park, according to reports, and it seems Wonga have indeed paid for the naming rights of St. James’ Park, but in so doing they revert the name back to St. James’ Park – and that will be excellent news for Newcastle fans.
Newcastle’s home - St. James’ Park
We had earlier reported the four year sponsorship deal, but hadn’t realized it also included the naming rights.
However, there is some concern being raised by FA General Secretary Alex Horne, and he has said the FA are not yet fully satisfied with Newcastle’s deal with Wonga, which has just been announced.
Wonga has not got a good name in the UK, and charges it’s clients very high interest rates, and the Advertising Standards Authority has even removed some of Wonga’s ads off the air, because of misleading statements by the company.
The reports coming in are that the FA has taken issue with Newcastle having Wonga as their sponsors over the next four years, with Horne telling the BBC the following:
“The Football Supporters’ Federation of Britain told us in no uncertain terms it’s not appropriate, and David Miliband has told us he does not think it is appropriate.
David Milibrand is the Sunderland non-executive vice president, and not thought to have any admiration for Newcastle (yes – we made that last part up).
So this deal is highly controversial, and if Wonga doesn’t get approval from the FA – why did they give approval to Blackpool?
Hopefully whatever happens Mike Ashley will not revert the name back to having his company name on the stadium, but it seems that Wonga is paying to have the name revert back to St. James’ Park – and maybe this is the concern the FA has?
But if they are not doing anything about Manchester City getting a ridiculous £40M a year from Etihad Airlines – this shouldn’t concern them.
The Newcastle stadium is St. James Park and it’s one of the most famous grounds in English football.
So there’s good news and bad news – good news St. Jame’s Park is coming back (we never called it anything else) , and bad news that Wonga is sponsoring the Newcastle shirts over the next four years.
But we have a feeling this is not all over yet.
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