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.
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.
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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