Wonga To Remove Sports Direct Signs From Gallowgate End


Wonga were not welcomed with open arms by the Newcastle fans , but there are a few good things they are doing, and one of which was to return the name of St. James’ Park to the Newcastle club.

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Peter Beardsley – overlooking the current eye sore of the Gallowgate roof

And work is about to start on removing that huge Sports Direct Sign form the roof of the Gallowgate end, which is quite literally an eye sore.

Peter Beardsley, the Football Development manager at St. James’ Park has vowed to help in the work, which is being undertaken by local Dunston-based company Just Signs and Lighting Ltd.

The efforts are to return St. James’ Park to the fans, which is what Wonga said they would do when they became sponsors, in addition to investing in the Newcastle Youth Academy.

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Peter Beardsley with roller – will travel

There’s a great piece on the official site today, and it turns out Peter’s father Sammy was a painter working on the Tyne Bridge.

You cannot make this stuff up.

This is what Peter said:

“It was always a privilege to play in front of the Gallowgate.” “It’s one of the most famous stands in the country – if not in world football – so it’s great to see it being put back to its original state.

“It’s a fantastic gesture from our new sponsors. I’m sure it’s something which will be really appreciated by our supporters.”

Errol Damelin is the founder and CEO of Wonga, and he had this to say:

“This moment is all about our commitment to the fans.” “When we restored St James’ Park to its original name, we said we’d return some traditions to them.”

“This is another symbolic part of that promise and we’ve got more in store.”  “Beyond the stadium naming, we’re building our sponsorship up with real investment in the club, the Academy and the local community.”

As we said Wonga are doing some good things at Newcastle – now if they would only reduce those sky-high interest rates …. which their clients can hardly afford.

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365 comments so far

  • Thump

    May 21, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #1

    What a load of shite. All Ashley needed to do was to pop over to Wilko’s on Nun Street, get a few cheap brushes and paint and we’d have done the graft for nowt!

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  • Grantosuk

    May 21, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t want the loan, cant afford the clearly marked repayments. Don’t take it out. Its simple

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 21, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Wonga, Pardew, Ashley and Llambias NUFC’s Fantastic 4

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  • check the toastie

    May 21, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #4

    PARDEW STINKS…………….

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  • Thump

    May 21, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Thanks for spreading your unrelated wisdom, Grantosuk. We’re all much better for it.

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  • AMEOBI

    May 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Newcastle brown alien

    Yeah I know they could easily pay, but can’t see it happening as it’s no need to pay big for our players finishing this low, id take 30m for both players any day of the week. Anita can replace Cabaye, as for Ben Arfa hmm let’s see who replaces him. I’m ready to see a massive clear out if not happy days haha

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  • lesh

    May 21, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #7

    I think that given a choice, fans would be happy for the SD signs to stay if Pardew were replaced!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Thump

    I’m confused by the twitter link you posted. It’s just a random guy’s opinion, no? 😐

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  • Tsunki

    May 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Usurer’s Publicity stunt 1 – Knowing Mag Fans 1.

    Its a tie I think. Sorry a draw. They could abseil Rolf Harris to paint a massive portrait of Wor(s) Al and Jackie on the roof and it would still look like a Rorschach of Mike and Del Stuffing a Magpie. No Sale.

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  • Spoof

    May 21, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Removing all known Sports Direct associates from the boardroom would be more beneficial

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 21, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Spoof,
    Where can you see him making a profit for himself? So far the club owes him a lot of money, he hasn’t been taking it out.

    You are saying that to you, it is the amount spent that constitutes backing, not the quality of player? Man Utd spent fortunes on Veron, but Keane cost buttons in comparison. If that was your club, who would you have preferred as a player for you?

    I understand that sometimes, you do have to spend that bit more to get quality, and we haven’t done that particularly yet. Maybe we will this summer, I won’t hold my breath. The squad that has been assembled has more quality than most in the Premier League, even with the injuries, our starting 11 was still a very decent side.. So, who does that leave to blame?

    It isn’t one man at fault, there have been many errors, but Pardew also has to look at himself.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 21, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Grantosuk

    simplistic view mate…not every person who takes ones of those loans does so to buy a new tv, holiday, etc

    some do it as they simply need the money to keep the roof over their head and it’s their last option.

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  • check the toastie

    May 21, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Lesh, you are not wrong there, its all about the football on the pitch for me, and i will wash my hands of the club if Pardew stays next year.

    I fully believe that everyone should boycott the whole place if he stays, as it sends i signal form Ashley that he doesnt give a f#ck. Boycott the club and force the pr#cks out. Would truly be the final straw.

    If Ashley sacks him and replaces him with a forward thinking manager then i truly believe we are on the verge of something superb. Beniitez could win a trophy with this squad for sure.

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  • SeanNufc87

    May 21, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #14

    @ lesh

    not even a little bit

    i know loads of newcastle fans and not one of them is actively calling for pardews head… is this blog like a magnet?

    id like it known that in my opinion a steak cooked any further than medium rare is a waste of meat

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 21, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Fook off WONGA

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  • Tsunki

    May 21, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #16

    @2 –

    In Desperate Straits, have a bill to pay but struggling, think you might just afford the ‘easy’ repayments lovingly touted by two harmless wrinkly puppets because you are certain you will have a couple of quid coming in next week but unfortunately it turns out you don’t. Think better of it in hindsight and wish you hadn’t. Simple.

    Easy to be pompous when you aren’t in that position isn’t it? 2 sides to a coin still last time I looked.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 21, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #17

    The sooner Ashley, Llambias and Pardew are gone the better.

    None of them are the worst in our history but we certainly want better.

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  • Bite Eat 11 + 4 - 5 + 15

    May 21, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Pulis gone.

    Only 2 long ball merchants remain.

    Allerdyce and Pardew.

    Interesting to see that despite managerial stability Stoke have decided to risk it in order to progress.

    If only we could do the same.

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  • Tsunki

    May 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Actually if you polled the blog properly as in a multiple-choice questionnaire, I think you would get a ‘Pardew should really be replaced but lets not be hasty until we get a serious upgrade, otherwise ride with it’ sort of majority.

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  • Spoof

    May 21, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #20

    LG
    we never see the actual accounts, but MA is a business man who wants to make a profit, if he couldn’t make a profit he would have sold, don’t forget the owners of Man City had us down as their first choice but Ashley wouldn’t sell, why would he not sell, to make a loss on a club that he doesn’t support, I don’t think so, at times reading between the lines tells you all you need to know.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    May 21, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Let me get this right….. The landlord’s dog does huge turd in the middle of my front doorway, and the landlord refuses to clean it up. Instead he sends around a very dubious money lender (currently undergoing parliamentary scrutiny as part of payday loan investigation) who promptly cleans it up for free, as long as I take out a loan with him….

    Or have I missed something here?

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  • hugotoon

    May 21, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #22

    So Stoke have sacked Tony Pulis making our favourite manager the 3rd longest serving in the league, crazyyyy!
    Does someone want to drive Pardew to Stoke? Ideal replacement.

    Also if anyone needs to vent, I found this was pretty good

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/your-say-newcastle-united-end-3676614

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  • Tsunki

    May 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Funny but on Twitter there are a canny few shouts for us to have Pulis. Hang on a minute, I am steadying myself to stand up again. Right what did I just say? Naaawwwww I didn’t diid I? Naaawww….

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  • SeanNufc87

    May 21, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #24

    spoof

    and assume makes an ass out u and me…

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  • Tsunki

    May 21, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Spotlight – yeah but to be fair they all have their bad points too…….. 🙂

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #26

    spoof

    The club just about breaks even, made losses previous years so Ashley makes no direct money…and he does publish accounts.

    What he gets though is sports direct in our stadium beamed into millions of homes world wide, advertising his company (which has no become the biggest sports retailer in the UK and expanding into europe).

    He also gets mentioned in the press quite a lot, as does his company, when he does things like change stadium name etc.

    So as long as the club costs him nothing to run he can at one stage sell for a profit in the future and until then get a lot of free advertising for his sportsdirect.com

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  • Tsunki

    May 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #27

    check – I dont think you will gain much of a following of your idea to wash your hands of the club if the manager stays though. Thinking before I type is not my strong suit, but I think you need to take a ten count before spouting that again.

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  • G

    May 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Oh well, that will improve the look of the place on Google Earth. Given that I sit underneath it, I had already forgoten it was there.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #29

    sean

    so the general consensus with your mates is pardew to stay? happy with him?

    Just curious as everyone I know has doubts against him at the very best and a lot want him out.

    Not trying to be critical of you, just trying to get another point of view.

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  • Thump

    May 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #30

    @TDS: indkykaila is one of the itk posters, seems to get a lot of things right. Earlier today he posted something about things happening with Newcastle United so I’m assuming that’s his “announcement”

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #31

    I have no problem with Wonga.
    They certainly have more respect for the club than Ashley.

    If people want to take out a loan they have a choice of companies.

    Gambling and alcohol are different and cause society and families huge problems because they can become addictive.
    No one can get addicted to Wonga loans.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 21, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #32

    thump

    what is the announcement? i cant open the link at work

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  • Spoof

    May 21, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Sean
    ok, yes I have made an assumption, and you are correct, but you tell me why Ashley didn’t sell, in your opinion, as we don’t have facts, which is something which I did mention if you can recall.

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  • Bite Eat 11 + 4 - 5 + 15

    May 21, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #34

    You can’t get addicted to Wonga loans?

    You can become utterly reliant and dependant on them so theoretically you can.

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  • Tsunki

    May 21, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Sage – I think you and I are on the same tack. And that is a pretty sad tack isn’t it? I haven’t said it before, but my faith in the Ashley economy model seems to be being betrayed. I think a clear indicator of lack of commitment to the club is if he blindly keeps Pardew on and we grind out a middling rut next year, subsisting on token signings while SD rake in the TV and sponsorship cash so he can put us up for sale at break even. I am worried that we have been smokescreened very cleverly. I am hoping I am wrong and that MA is not carrying out his revenge as a dish best served cold.

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  • Thump

    May 21, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #36

    @Transfer Sage: Message to Pardew: Please hand your Resignation Letter in, the majority of #NUFC have lost faith in your w

    Whether it’s true or not, only time will tell.

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  • Thump

    May 21, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Forgot to explicitly state that was from indykaila and not a “reliable source at the club” (read: Lee Ryder’s imaginary friend)

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Thump

    I don’t see how it’s announcement lol. Just reads like a sort of ‘open letter’. Like when people write on here “f*** off Pardew, we hate you!” 😉

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #39

    hatem better than messi

    people get addicted to shopping and rack up huge bills, people get addicted to food and cut their life expectancy hurting their family, people get addicted to smoking and do the same.

    The fact is people can get addicted to anything. You have a choice to start these things and they often have to but so much money into rehabilitation facilities/measures (with alcohol and gambling).

    Wonga lend money at high rates/fees to those who desperately need it and either take the loan or don’t put food out for the kids, or lose their house, lose power/water etc. They are much worse as the people they target are struggling/weak/poor…it’s their business model.

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  • Tsunki

    May 21, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #40

    @31 – one of the ‘strengths’ of the usury model is that it steers the vulnerable into a debt spiral that continues to yield high profit long after the initial use for the loan has been forgotten about. Its an ancient art relying on an inbuilt human weakness. Optimism. Every Mag knows this weakness inside out, although they are still as vulnerable to it as anyone else. 🙂

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