It was confirmed on Tuesday that ex-Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd had passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 75, and Magpies fans were quick to pay tributes to their former supremo.
Shepherd was chairman at St James’ Park for 10 years between 1997 and 2007, but he was also a key figure in the deal to bring Alan Shearer to the club in 1996 in what was then a world-record £15m deal.
While he wasn’t always the most popular man at St James’ Park and received some criticism from fans and the late Sir Bobby Robson in his autobiography, there was no doubt that he always had the club’s best interests at heart.
Newcastle supporters were quick to give their reaction to the news via social media, and while some said Shepherd “loved the club and did his best”, others said he gave them “some of the best years supporting Newcastle”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
RIP Freddy. We were never relegated when he was here, always looking upwards. Great times we had back then! ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️
— Michael Middleton (@MichaelMidd90) September 26, 2017
I didn't always agree with his work at NUFC but he loved the club and did his best. Changed our status in European football. RIP.
— G:Potz (@GazPottsy) September 26, 2017
R.I.P so many fantastic memories at our club
— Liam NUFC (@LiamK_NUFC) September 26, 2017
Thank you for Alan Shearer Freddy R I P
— RICHARD BOYD (@Richie_boyd) September 26, 2017
A great icon and legend to always remember
— Kelechi_zeruwa (@Iam_Zeruwa) September 26, 2017
⚽⚽⚽Whether you liked him or not, some of the best footall was played at St.James'sPark while he was there, RIP FREDDY ❤❤❤
— Dave Ord (@ord_dave) September 26, 2017
— Neil Farrington (@Neilfarrington) September 26, 2017
Sad to hear the news Freddy Shepherd has passed away. He made mistakes yes but he also gave me some of the best years supporting #NUFC
— Darren Parsons (@milkybarkid_85) September 26, 2017
Say what u like about freddie shepherd. He had club in his heart and always backed his managers. Sad day #nufc
— Nigel Pearson (@PearsonNigel) September 26, 2017