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Newcastle United: 'Freddy played a big part in the club’s modern-day history'

Newcastle United FC have said they are "saddened to learn of the death of former chairman Freddy Shepherd. Photo: PA

Newcastle United have said they are "saddened" to learn of the death of former club chairman Freddy Shepherd.

In a statement, the club, which Shepherd became a director of in 1991 said:

He took over from Sir John as chairman in 1997, having already played a key role in bringing the likes of Alan Shearer to St. James' Park, and oversaw two FA Cup final appearances and thrilling Champions League campaigns.

– Newcastle United Statement

Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley, who worked with Freddy when he was chairman, said: "I was deeply saddened to learn of Freddy's passing today...

He was an incredibly passionate supporter of Newcastle United and maintained that love for the club even after he stood down as chairman.

"During his time at the club, as both a director and chairman, he had a big part to play in the club’s modern-day history and was a driving force in the redevelopment of our stadium and expanding its capacity to more than 52,000.

"He had a huge passion not just for the club, but for the city and region it represents.

"Our thoughts at this time are of course with his family and friends."

– Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley

The club flag at St. James' Park is flying at half mast as a mark of respect.

Newcastle United's club Chairman Freddy Shepherd (right). Credit: PA

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