Friday 15 November 2019

Newcastle United risk fan fury after dumping Bobby Robson and Alan Shearer photos in skip

Bobby Robson (right) with Alan Shearer
Bobby Robson (right) with Alan Shearer

Luke Edwards

Newcastle United have risked more criticism from supporters for trampling on the club’s history by dumping pictures of Sir Bobby Robson, Alan Shearer and Gary Speed in a skip outside St James’ Park.

The pictures have been removed from corporate boxes inside the stadium and replaced with images of the current playing squad and staff.

The pictures thrown out were of the title-chasing side that qualified for the Champions League in 2002 under Robson.

The team, which was captain by Shearer and contained hugely popular former players like Nolberto Solano, Warren Barton, Kieron Dyer, Craig Bellamy and Rob Lee, finished fourth that season and third the following year.

A spokesperson for Newcastle United said the pictures had been on the walls of the club’s 100 corporate boxes, but have now been replaced by more up to date images.

It was claimed the images were “old and not being used anymore”. It was also pointed out that pictures of every team since 1993 were hung on the walls in the media suite and were visible to anyone who went on a stadium tour of St James’ Park.

Although the refurbishment of the corporate boxes had been planned for some time, the sight of the pictures in a skip along with grass cuttings and building material has not gone down well with supporters.

Steve Wraith, of NUFC Fans United said: “They could have auctioned them for charity, but just to put these things in the bin is awful. Now fans are talking about going and helping themselves.

“They are pictures of club legends. I don’t think the club want people to be reminded of a time when they were doing well because they are doing so badly at the moment.”

Rob Lee, the former Newcastle United midfielder who played under Sir Bobby, said: "It would only happen at Newcastle."

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