Mike Ashley made a rare trip today for a match at St James Park.

The club’s owner has been absent for almost the entire season as the club have bounced back to the Premier League at the  first time of asking.

Sitting next to Lee Charnley in the Milburn Stand, Mike Ashley watched his team win 3-0 against Barnsley, whilst an 89th minute equaliser by Villa meant that it was Newcastle who finished top of the table.

After watching the Manager, players and coaching staff celebrate on the pitch with the trophy.

Mike Ashley (and Lee Charnley) got their hands on the silverware afterwards, with Newcastle fan Lesley Wardle capturing the moment:

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 Barnsley 0

Goals:

Newcastle: Perez 23, Mbemba 59, Gayle 90

Possession was Barnsley 44% Newcastle 56%

Total shots were  Barnsley 8 Newcastle 15

Shots on target were Barnsley 3 Newcastle 8

Corners were  Barnsley 4 Newcastle 10

Referee: James Linington

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba, Hayden (Haidara 13), Dummett, Gouffran, Colback, Shelvey (Diame 72), Atsu, Perez, Mitrovic (Gayle 80)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Lazaar, Anita, Murphy

Crowd: 52,276 (2,789 Barnsley)

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  • Ian Robson

    Delighted for Mike Ashley. He deserves success after all of his investment. He has stuck by the club and in doing so, supported the whole region. Let’s hope he gives us what we deserve. RAFA!

    • Geordiegiants

      Idiot!

    • Leazes Ender

      Mackem …

    • Cuh736

      I agree. Hope he doesn’t mess up in future though

      • Geordiegiants

        Another idiot!

        • Cuh736

          I had a rebuttal for that, but I’ll just keep it to myself invade you’RE one of the older folks on here. Wouldn’t want to be disrespectful

          • Geordiegiants

            Feel free, I’m a big boy, and anyone that gives 1% credit to the fat parasite is not worth worrying about. I’ve stopped ranting about him, but still can’t stand him, he is a vile peice of shut that has done nothing but try and trample over all our football club for financial gain.

          • Cuh736

            Well people change. Here’s hoping for the best

          • Geordiegiants

            You are either very young or very naive, he will NEVER change. We can live in hope that things change, but anyone thinking Jabba will change need to give their heid a wobble.

          • Leazes Ender

            Moron

    • HarryHype59

      WUM

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Yep, why not. Let’s hope the next stage is worked out and he &Rafa can have a strategy for next year and beyond.

  • Damon Horner

    Maybe he has got a taste for trophies and success now…

    • csh

      Let’s hope so..

  • Waxi

    Yes you are spot on Ian and lets hope the meeting goes well. it is time to move on from the Kinnear Pardew years. We have a chance to do something that we have not done for many years so lets hope MA & Rafa can sort things out.

  • MadMag83

    Didn’t he promise to leave when we won a trophy?

  • Leazes Ender

    Stupid F*t B*st*rd…. you said you’d leave when we won something…. there you go ….. now P*ss Off and take Ch**nley with you!

    • Albert Stubbins

      unusually aggressive from you-calm down you’ll do yourself an injury.

      • Leazes Ender

        I’m going to get a few cans in and watch the 2 minutes of highlights on chanel 5…. that’ll be nice!

        Bloody Sky

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          So, We got promoted, you said we wouldn’t. We won the league, you said we wouldn’t.

          Drown your sorrows

          • HarryHype59

            Ahem..we haven’t ‘won’ the league. Chelsea will do that next week. This team has won the second tier of English football after spending more money on transfers and wages than most EPL teams.

            Congrats to the players and Rafa, but the absurd delusional hype is vexing me.

          • Jimblag23

            We were in a league and we won it. We won the league.

          • HarryHype59

            Using your criterion, so have Sheff Utd.

          • Jimblag23

            Yes obviously, their fans can say they’ve won the league.
            Neither team can say we’ve won the premier league…obviously. But no ones claimed that.

            Sheffield United were in League 1. Clues in the name.

          • Leazes Ender

            You wouldn’t thin k so by the TV coverage… its non-existent.

          • HarryHype59

            Call me old fashioned Jim Bob, but the team that wins the league is the one that tops the highest division and as such are league champions. Newcastle have won the second tier league and gained promotion.

          • Jimblag23

            It’s some strange logic you’re using.
            So if your friend was in a skittles league at your local pub and was celebrating, you ask “why are you celebrating?” and they reply “because we won the league”.
            You would then reply, “no, winning an Olympic medal is winning the league, so sit down and shut up”.

          • HarryHype59

            Comparing skittles to professional top tier football is hardly the same. Whilst, I am relieved the club has been promoted out of the awful second tier, the collective hysteria shown by many supporters is embarrassing. A club of Newcastle’s wealth and support should have higher expectations than becoming almost a yo yo club.

          • Jimblag23

            We both know we “won the league” so let’s put that to bed.
            I get your point about having higher aspirations but you might as well enjoy the good times during any given circumstance otherwise what’s the bloody point in life.
            “I don’t enjoy having sex with my wife cos she’s not Jennifer Anniston”
            “I’m not gonna celebrate that goal cos it wasn’t the one that won the World Cup”

          • DC1964

            Exactly

          • Leazes Ender

            Third tier.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            We won the league was are in. Personally, I’ve enjoyed this season seeing some good performances and wins with a great atmosphere at away games.

            Perhaps you are right, we should not have got ourselves relegated but it happens. Do we prefer being mid-table all season or being a bit f a yoyo

          • Leazes Ender

            I said we’d be second…. you get promoted with second….dolt.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            You said we’d be lucky to scrape into the play-offs whilst mocking the Rafalution IIRC (see Aug 2016).

    • Toon Wolf

      Why have you put an asterisk between f and t. Is fat a swear word?

      • Leazes Ender

        Comic effect

      • Grahame Johnson

        The Gaul of it

  • Geordiegiants

    I couldn’t of took that photo, without slapping the pair of them!

  • Steve Smith

    “I told you we never needed any signings over Christmas Rafa….”

  • Albert Stubbins

    Now show us if you really love the club and dig deep!!

  • grantham mag

    Lets hope he keeps his promise, jog off fat boy and take your ass licker with you.

  • HarryHype59

    Got to give Ashley credit. He is a terrible owner. He is however a master of reducing expectations. Two relegations in seven years and yet many are going on like the team had won the Champions league after winning the former ‘fizzy pop’ league! Winning the second tier surely cannot be classed as winning silverware for a team of this size and wealth.

    • Leazes Ender

      Indeed

    • Albert Stubbins

      Why not? I went nuts when we finished third in 83/4- one of the best seasons of my life- we’ve never won nowt so why cant we celebrate? we’re not manu or liverpool despite many of our own fans claims that we’re a massive club- we’re a big club that wins relatively little so lets party when we get the chance- why? because it might be a long time before we get the chance again!! NUFC.

      • HarryHype59

        You prove my point! Ashley has massively lowered expectations. The club is far wealthier now than in 83/84 yet promotion from the second tier is seen as ‘success’.

        • Albert Stubbins

          No I don’t.  I’ve never had high expectations and neither have many others. We support the team and hope for success. We have no right to expect success just because we have big support. This is the kind of delusion that is making us disliked across the board.

          Sent from my Samsung device

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          • HarryHype59

            Agreed no one has the right to expect automatic success. However, I do expect the team to be good enough to hold their hold in the top flight. Celebrating winning the second tier like it us the Champions league is a tad embarrassing.

          • Albert Stubbins

            I take your point but what is our experience of winning anything of note in the past forty years? Yes we should be aiming higher but winning is a feeling I myself haven’t experienced much of in over thirty five years of going to matches. Let’s all enjoy it and be positive for the future after all it may be the last chance for a while.

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        • Albert Stubbins

          P’s.  All clubs in the premiership are wealthy now. Money doesn’t equate to success.

          Sent from my Samsung device

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    • Desree

      Championships and Texaco cups are all I know what to celebrate – and I’m in my mid-forties. What are these expectations you speak of? Two Champions league campaigns and two FA cup finals in 40 odd years puts NUFC behind Blackburn who got relegated today, and Leeds who won’t be in the Premier League for 15 years.

      • HarryHype59

        The club was ranked in the top twenty rich list only a few years back. This regime had contrived to get it relegated twice in seven years. A club with the financial resources and support of Newcastle should be top ten EPL team at least.

        I am pleased promotion from the second tier had been achieved. However, the reaction from certain fans proves Ashley has lowered expectation. Winning the fizzy pop league does not represent success for a club of this stature.

  • Horses Heed

    There really are some pompous bullet brains posting on here.

    • Leazes Ender

      ….are you Peter Reid?

  • GToon

    Apparently he put it straight on eBay after that photo. Never miss a trick, our mate Mike.

  • Mrkgw

    Great achievement by Rafa and his players this season. I hope that Mike backs him and that the club build from here. Yes, we have been scarred previously but definitely time to make good previous errors and move onwards and upwards. I live in hope (some may argue naively) but, enough of the bitterness until we know more as to next seasons plans at least.

  • Blackburn1066

    No one Knows what Rafa is thinking, or going to do, so why spend time commenting on here about thing that only Rafa can answer. Mike Ashley is not a stupid man with 2.75 billion in the bank, he may be only a shop keeper,,,, but to not stand by his best sales person would be a sin.

    • Stan

      What he and Charnley get up to in the bedroom is a sin.

  • hetonmag

    Couldn’t care less about Ashley, Charnley, or Carr so long as Rafa is here guiding our beloved club through the next few years, because make no bones about it if left alone to do it his way he will put our club on a proper footing.

    • Stan

      Aye.

    • Mrkgw

      Well said.

  • Toonbadger

    So he got his hands on the pot, I hope he fills it with cash for Rafa

    • Mrkgw

      Haha, too right!

  • Vodkamagpie

    The team has the right to celebrate like champions league winners. It was a long season, ups and downs, but they had a goal which was achieved, and any goal achieved should be celebrated in which ever way they choose. Fans that think winning the championship isn’t a major event, are deluded. The club was at a crossroads, and Rafa steered us in the right direction. Fans might say we shouldn’t be in the championship in the first place, however football is football where anything can happen, ie Leicester winning the league. The season of relegation, where we hired a former England manager, spent 80Mil, goal was to finish 8th, only to be relegated, I don’t care who you are, where you from, but every Newcastle fan on here would of predicted an 8th to 12th place finish, it’s as simple as that, if you want to moan about our owner, just have a glance at Blackburn fans under the chickens venkys