Newcastle fans bid to buy part of club

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A group of Newcastle United fans are attempting to raise funds to try to buy a stake if owner Mike Ashley is successful in selling the club.

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) is asking fans to contribute ‘what they can’ to the The 1892 Pledge.

Ashley, who saw a £300m bid from a Saudi Arabian-backed group collapse last year, remains intent to sell.

Greg Tomlinson, chair of the Trust, said fans have to put our money where our mouth is.

“For decades, fans have been told they are the lifeblood of the club, but when major decisions are made, they are always left out. It is an unfortunate fact that in football, as in life, money talks,” he said.

“Raising funds will give us the financial backing to make our voices properly heard as and when the club is eventually sold,”

The Trust says plans for the The 1892 Pledge have taken three years to formulate and are designed to safeguard the future of the club.

Newcastle are 17th in the table after 30 games this season, just one place and three points above the relegation places.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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