News today that former Newcastle United Chairman Freddy Shepherd has died at his home.
Freddy was 76 and born in 1941, and he was extremely successful in business and quickly rose in the business world of the northeast.
Mr. Shepherd was Chairman of Newcastle from 1997 until 2007 when he sold his shares to current owner Mike Ashley.
Freddy was extremely ambitious for his hometown club and he brought Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer to the club and was Chairman during Sir Bobby Robson’s successful tenure at the club.
Alan Shearer has sent his sympathies.
So sad to hear my great friend and former @NUFC chairman Freddy Shepherd has passed away. I owe him a huge debt for bringing me home. ??RIP
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) September 26, 2017
Freddy made his money through property development along the banks of the River Tyne, and he ran Shepherd Offshore Group with his brother Bruce.
We offer our condolences to his family and he did an awful lot for Newcastle United FC.
His complete enthusiasm and ambition for Newcastle is what’s missing with our current owner Mike Ashley.
RIP Freddy Shepherd.