Alnwick Town sign bid fails

AN audacious bid by Alnwick Town to rehouse Newcastle United’s iconic St James’ Park lettering which was removed last week has failed.

Officials from the STL Northern League Division Two outfit wanted to give the sign ‘a home’ by installing it outside their namesake ground.

It comes after the lettering was ripped down from the Toon’s stadium on Thursday to make way for its new title, the Sports Direct Arena.

And with Alnwick’s ground now believed to be the only St James’ Park left in the North East, Town chairman Tom McKie wanted to place the famous sign at the grass-roots club, which has been its home for more than a century.

But the bid has been turned down by Newcastle United.

A spokesman said: “The answer is unfortunately no, sorry, because the letters are being retained by the club.

“It is a nice idea but it is not possible at the moment.”

Mr McKie said he understood the decision.