Freddie Fletcher obituary

29 August 2012 05:36
Businessman who transformed the fortunes of Newcastle UnitedFreddie Fletcher, who has died aged 71 of asbestos-related cancer, once told an interviewer that the fictional character he most admired was Roy of the Rovers, and that he would have liked to score the winning goal for Newcastle United in an FA Cup at Wembley. His contribution to the success of the club, however, came off the field, and although Newcastle did not win any trophies while the Scot was chief executive, it was not for the want of effort, as he played a significant role in transforming the fortunes of the club in the 1990s.He had already helped lift Glasgow Rangers out of a long period of underachievement into a position of dominance in Scottish football when he was persuaded to become involved in Sir John Hall's takeover of Newcastle, who were then on the brink both of administration and relegation to the third tier of the league. Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian