Mike Ashley gets his hands on the Championship trophy – Photo
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:
— lesley wardle (@lesleyannwardle) May 7, 2017
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 3 Barnsley 0
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
Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba, Hayden (Haidara 13), Dummett, Gouffran, Colback, Shelvey (Diame 72), Atsu, Perez, Mitrovic (Gayle 80)
Darlow, Lazaar, Anita, Murphy
Crowd: 52,276 (2,789 Barnsley)
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