EX-Newcastle chair dies

Source:Agencies Published: 2017/9/26 22:38:40

Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd, a pivotal figure in the club's 1990s success, has died aged 76, his family announced Tuesday.

Shepherd was Newcastle chairman for 10 years from 1997 and eventually sold his share of the club to current owner Mike Ashley.

Tyneside-born Shepherd became a Newcastle director in 1992 and served as vice chairman to John Hall as the club finished Premier League runners-up in both 1996 and 1997. Shepherd played a key role in the appointment of Kevin Keegan as manager in the early 1990s, a move that helped transform the then struggling second-tier side into a top-flight force.

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