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Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd dies aged 76

  • Freddy Shepherd passes away peacefully at his home, his family announce
  • The 76-year-old was in charge of Newcastle throughout their successful 90s
  • Alan Shearer pays tribute to the man who brought him ‘home’ in £15m deal

Former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd passed away peacefully at home on Monday night, his family have announced.

A statement from the family read: ‘Freddy Shepherd, former chairman of Newcastle United and chairman of Shepherd Offshore Group and Triple S Sports & Entertainment Group, sadly passed away peacefully at his home last night.

‘At this difficult time the family have asked that their privacy be respected.’

Freddy Shepherd passed away peacefully at his home on Monday night, his family confirmed

Shepherd was responsible for the club's current record transfer of Michael Owen (£17m)

Shepherd was responsible for the club’s current record transfer of Michael Owen (£17m)

The 76-year-old is held in the highest regard at St James’ Park and was notably responsible for bringing Alan Shearer to the club in a world-record deal in 1996.

Tweeting of the news, the legendary striker wrote: ‘So sad to hear my great friend and former @NUFC chairman Freddy Shepherd has passed away. I owe him a huge debt for bringing me home. RIP.’ 

Rob Lee, who played over 300 games for the Magpies between 1992-2002, was also quick to pay tribute to the former chairman, writing: ‘So sad to hear my former NUFC chairman Freddie Shepherd has died #RIPchairman.’ 

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