New sign for St James’ Park

Alnwick Town Foiotball Club chairman Tom McKie with the St James Park letters.
Alnwick Town Foiotball Club chairman Tom McKie with the St James Park letters.

A GRASS-ROOTS football club, whose ambitious bid to rehouse an iconic Newcastle United sign was turned down, has secured its very own St James’ Park lettering.

Alnwick Town wanted to give the famous Toon letters a good home at their namesake ground after they were removed from outside of United’s stadium last week, as part of the name change to the Sports Direct Arena.

But their audacious attempt was rejected by the Magpies, who said that it was a nice idea but not possible.

However, less than 24 hours after the story appeared in the Gazette yesterday, Alnwick has received its own St James’ Park lettering – following a special donation from two lads from the town, who do not want to be named.

And it has delighted club chairman Tom McKie, who wants to erect the metal letters outside of Alnwick’s ground within the next couple of months.

He said: “It is fantastic. It is absolutely amazing that less than 24 hours after people found out that we wanted a sign, we have got one.

“It is at the football club now and it looks amazing.

“The letters will be painted black and they will put on to a white background, because these are the colours of Alnwick Town Football Club.”