Newcastle United today had the official unveiling of…St.James’ Park.
The club released the following statement;
Newcastle United Football Club’s new sponsor wonga.com has today given the club’s fans back their home of football by reinstating the stadium’s rightful St James’ Park name. A replica of the original sign – which graced the ground for more than a century – was unveiled by Wonga, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew, and ten lucky fans who won a local competition.
The transfer is a gift to fans from the digital finance company, who last week announced they would be the proud sponsors of the club for the next four years. As well as defending the heritage of the club with the reinstated name, Newcastle United and its fans will also benefit from Wonga’s investment in the academy and the club’s foundation scheme, which helps 15 and 16 year-olds find work.
Darryl Bowman, a director from Wonga.com, said: “It gives all of us at Wonga great pride to be able to reinstate the name of this great institution. As the new sponsor, we are really looking forward to working with the club and the fans over the next four years.”