Freddie Shepherd the former chairman of Newcastle United

By Russell Edge

Newcastle United fans have taken to social media to pay tribute to former chairman Freddy Shepherd who passed away at the age of 76.

The former businessman’s family released a statement on Tuesday saying that he had “passed away peacefully at his home”.

He, along with fellow businessman Sir John Hall, took control of the Magpies back in 1991, before Hall passed full control to Shepherd in 1997.

Shepherd was influential in securing Kevin Keegan as head coach, bringing club legend Alan Shearer back to his boyhood side from Blackburn for a then world record fee, and installing Sir Bobby Robson as manager.

As such, his name is synonymous with the club’s recent history, and fans have been sharing their memories of his time at the club on Twitter.

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Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best messages:

Former Newcastle icons have also taken the time to pay tribute to Shepherd, including Shearer, who says the businessman was a “great friend” and that he owed him a “huge debt” for the part he played in securing his signature:

However, his time with the Magpies was not without controversy, which included an investigation by newspaper News of the World as well as the sacking of popular manager Robson.

Shepherd’s involvement with the club ended when he sold his shares to current owner Mike Ashley in 2007.

In other Newcastle United news, Ashley is considering opening crucial talks about the future of the club.

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