On Tuesday afternoon, it has been announced that Freddy Shepherd died on Monday.

The former Newcastle United Chairman was aged 75 and the club has now released an official statement (see below).

Many former Newcastle players, including Alan Shearer, have also paid tribute to the one-time NUFC Chairman.

Official Newcastle United Statement:

The club were saddened to ​learn of the death of former chairman Freddy Shepherd on Monday, at the age of 75.

Born in Gisland, Northumberland, Freddy hailed from a local Tyneside family which supported Newcastle United for generations and became a director of the club in 1991 after his business success brought him into contact with Sir John Hall.

He took over from Sir John as chairman in 1997, having already played a key role in bringing the likes of Alan Shearer to St. James’ Park, and oversaw two FA Cup final appearances and thrilling Champions League campaigns.

Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley, who worked with Freddy when he was chairman, said: “I was deeply saddened to learn of Freddy’s passing today.

“He was an incredibly passionate supporter of Newcastle United and maintained that love for the club even after he stood down as chairman.

“During his time at the club, as both a director and chairman, he had a big part to play in the club’s modern-day history and was a driving force in the redevelopment of our stadium and expanding its capacity to more than 52,000.

“He had a huge passion not just for the club, but for the city and region it represents.

“Our thoughts at this time are of course with his family and friends.”

The club flag at St. James’ Park is flying at half mast as a mark of respect.

A statement from the Shepherd 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.

Alan Shearer:

“So sad to hear my great friend and former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd has passed away. I owe him a huge debt for bringing me home. RIP.”

Lynsey Hipgrave:

“RIP Freddy Shepherd, such an important part of Newcastle’s best years. Thanks for bringing us King Kev, Big Al and for showing ambition.”

Steve Harper:

“Very sad to hear the news about Freddie Shepherd. He took @NUFC to mixing it with the big boys. Thoughts with his family.”

Paul Robertson (former editor of the Chronicle):

“Sad news. Freddy was never shy to voice his opinions. He really cared about nufc and the North East.”

Shay Given:

“Terrible news that Freddie Shepard has passed away, we had so many great memories at the toon, thoughts & prayers to all his family.”

Warren Barton:

“RIP Freddy.”

Kevin Gallacher:

“Very sad news to hear my former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd has passed away, my thoughts are with his family.”

Rob Lee:

“So sad to hear my former NUFC chairman Freddie shepherd has Died.”



  • Paul Patterson

    Sad to hear. He had his faults but unlike our current owner he wanted what’s best for the club. Worth a note.

    • Davey drape

      Yep they brought in Freddie fletcher and the 3 of them (inc j hall) made a great team and took the club to another level. I believe he was the quiet one of the 3 of them. Thanks Freddie for your contribution to our great club

    • paul mclaughlan

      And almost bankrupt us in the process.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        rather be bankrupt with a great team than Fatso`s bank account bursting with cash.
        and by the way Nufc were £53m in debt when he left, now we are £130m in debt with a 2nd rate squad

        • paul mclaughlan

          Even the pie man has admitted there were accounts his financial team didn’t pick up on when he was buying the club. It was a lot more than 53 million. And we had a second rate team when Ashley took over. In fact we’ve been second rate (apart from a couple of seasons here and there) for decades now. Remember this. From a half million investment Shepherd took 50 million in return. For a 1.5 million investment the Hall’s took around 400 million from our club. Not the time to talk about it just because he died? I’ve been talking about this for years now.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Regardless of what you think this is not the time to voice that view.

  • Haitchdee

    Sorry to hear Mr Shepherd has died Convinced I bumped into him at a place called Strawberry fields in Gisburn .Conveniently placed out of the way between Newcastle and Blackburn.He was meeting 2 other guys. I’ve always wondered if it was to do with the Shearer deal. Thanks for the good times Mr Shepherd.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    A much maligned character in his time at the club but is part of the history of the place, And people shouldn’t forget that.
    He was part of the regime that had Geordies daring to dream again and we nearly did it only just falling short of the promised land.

    He took a lot of stick and the flak for much of what was the Hall’s mess and was trying to build his shares to get them out when Ashley came along.
    If only he didn’t have a collapsed lung at the time he could have put up some resistance to what has went on to be a very dark time indeed !
    He had constant foot in mouth syndrome and came out with some right howlers but will always be remembered for the “I Shot Bambi” quote in the sacking of Bobby Robson.

    A local lad made good and has done a lot for the area outside of Football with various other projects and also one of the biggest employers in the region.

    R.I.P Freddie Shepherd.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      You can be nice about a guy who died and he had some merit, but don’t rewrite history.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Thank you for your continuing soliloquy.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          I’ll be specific, “he took a lot of stick and the flak for much of what was the Hall’s mess and was trying to build his shares to get them out when Ashley came along.” he got blown out from both his investors once they did due diligence. The game was up.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    His legacy, the entertainers & Alan Shearer.
    we wont see the like again

  • GToon

    Massive contribution to the cause. It’s people like him who gave us the best times this club has seen for many a year. RIP.

  • Geordiegiants

    He had his haters, but he has been in my life time the best chairman we have had, he wanted to make money himself, but always tried his best for NEWCASTLE UNITED.
    RIP FFS!

  • Mark Davies

    RIP Freddy.

  • Jezza

    When he left the club I was glad to see him go. Now with the perspective of time and subsequent events I can see that “Fat Fred” wasn’t all that bad. We did enjoy some memorable moments during his time in charge and he never relegated us either. He also broke the club’s transfer record, a record that still stands to this day. Yes we all know he spent that money on the wrong player but he still had the vision and ambition to pay that fee. RIP.

    • Andy Mac

      …………….but as I just said above Jezza it was never his money. Many within football and the media including ex BBC presenters I spoke to, assumed he backed the club with his money. With hindsight we now know that wasnt the case.

      • Soldier

        he part owned the club therefore by definition it was his money

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Hmmmm, you really need to read a bit more.

      • Jezza

        Maybe so but he was still prepared to re-invest club money, and substantial amounts of it, into the team unlike our current owner who just pockets the lot.

        • Leazes Ender

          Some of it …he was playing fantasy football as well, I still maintain Shearer was not a signing of Keegan.

          • MadToonFan&VitalAshleyDroveOut

            Spoke to Keegan & Terry Mac couple weeks after & they were both so very proud of their work in signing him, it was radiating from them both. 1 of my claims to fame (lol) is I’ve seen the ‘cheque’ itself that supposedly paid for Mr Shearer, we couldn’t believe what we were seeing, tho as it was club officials that brought it in, there was no doubts that it was anything but 😊

          • Leazes Ender

            If it was Douglas Hall it was a stunt.

  • HenrySlade

    When he sold to Ashley, it was a case of out of the frying pan into the fire. But I’d much rather be back in the frying pan; Freddy had the one thing that Ashley doesn’t – ambition.

    • Andy Mac

      Except it was never his money !

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Got that right

  • Andy Mac

    Freddie wasnt Mr Newcastle United but he did as he was told. SJH told him to sack SBR and thats what happened. Freddie’s major flaw was that he was never his own man. RIP

    • Soldier

      John Hall was the major share holder so Freddie was obligated to do as he was told

  • Mrkgw

    Extremely sad news as Freddie did an enormous amount for the club and was instrumental in giving us supporters some great memories.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Met Freddie a few times once in Manors club when the bond scheme was introduced. Unlike John Hall and Freddie Fletcher him and Douglas Hall were true supporters just not businessmen they new there stuff . He really cared about the club but the money ran out after the signing of Michael Owen. All the best to his family to a bloke who tried his best for the North East industry wise and football.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      That was the problem, Fletcher had his head screwed on, shepherd had a fan’s head that chased rainbows

    • Leazes Ender

      Oh you are Funlovingexpress…. dad of fleckman and Clarko…. what a bunch of chameleonic reptiles you are.

  • Soldier

    Lived the life, made millions then went on to run Newcastle Utd, for a local lad that takes some beating. he gave us a team everybody wanted to watch unlike Ashley who has given us nothing but grief & a sub standard cheap team.
    he loved Newcastle so RIP Freddie

  • Down Under Mag

    Condolences to his family!! While no-one denies he did OK financially for himself out of running the club, he always tried to put the club on the map and he lived the dream. Such good times and memories at the club under him and Hall, was never dull or boring that was for sure and the main thing he gave all fans in the region and around the world was the ability to dream big!

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    He had ambition, we had some great times, albeit built on wonky foundations.

  • Steve Pearce

    His legacy exceeds football and our beloved club. He revitalised the River Tyne and brought jobs back to the river and did that in the face of southern apathy. For that I thank him may he rest in peace.

  • Leazes Ender

    He was a good Owner and Chairman up to a point, ambition and caring…. but then came the claw back of money in the form of wages to his family for ‘services and positions held’ and the running down of the club’s true targets ‘winning things’ , it was categorised by the extension of Shearer’s career and the goal of winning replaced by the hunting down of Jackie Milburn’s record.

    He had given up long before the hand over to Ashley. Maybe not a Statue to Freddy…. perhaps a bust would be fitting!