Monday 19 February 2018

Fans are remembering that Mike Ashley promised not to leave Newcastle United before they won a trophy

Newcastle snatched the title after Aston Villa’s late equaliser against Brighton.

By Max McLean

Newcastle United’s return to the Premier League table was made all the more glorious when a late Aston Villa equaliser at Brighton ensured the Magpies won the Championship as well, rather than finishing second.

Newcastle did all they needed to do, beating Barnsley 3-0 at home, while Aston Villa’s decisive goal came in the 89th minute, only adding to the drama.

Brighton’s 1-1 draw against Villa meant that, although they will also play Premier League football next season, it’s Newcastle who take the league winners’ medals home.

You have to say it was well deserved.

And with Newcastle’s silverware, a few fans remembered a comment their controversial owner Mike Ashley made in 2015.

Having narrowly avoided relegation during the 2014/15 season, Ashley said: “We are now definitely going to win something and by the way I shan’t be selling until we do.”

Does that statement include winning the Championship?

Only time will tell.

Press Association

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