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11 years of Mike Ashley at Newcastle United by numbers – Essential reading

10 months ago
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Some interesting stats from writer Chris Holt, as he considers Newcastle United under the ownership of Mike Ashley.

We now have 11 years and counting since he bought the club from Hall and Shepherd, as well as from all those supporter shareholders who were forced to sell their shares as well, once the main shareholders sold out.

So much has happened at Newcastle United since 2007 that it can be difficult to pull it all together.

However, via these numbers below, Chris Holt makes things a little clearer:

£76m Inherited debt

£144m Current debt

£68m Debt growth

£0 Sports Direct payment for advertising

£8.4 NUFC paid Sports Direct in 5 years to June 2017

£354m Spent on players since 2007

£322m Recouped selling players since 2007

£32m Net spend on players since 2007

£2.6m Average annual net spend

£146 Season ticket increase (Gallowgate/Leazes)

£189 Season ticket increase

£47 Season ticket increase (L7)

£6m Paid (by Mike Ashley) to NUFC for Strawberry Place (so he could personally develop it)

£82m Increase in annual media income

£6m Increase in annual wages paid

3 Top half finishes (ED: Only one in top nine)

8 Finishes outside top half

2 Relegations

2 Legal defeats from ex managers and players

1 Pending HMRC investigation

6 Players sold for over £15m

0 Players signed for over £15m

1 Training ground renovations announced (2013)

0 Training ground renovations started

25 3rd round cup games

10 4th round cup games

2 5th round cup games

(ED: Also, now 10 years since first claiming NUFC was up for sale)

You can follow the author on Twitter @bigchrisholt
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