(born 1942), is an English
businessman and the former chairman
of Newcastle United
During his time at Newcastle, both as an active assistant to and later replacement of Sir John Hall
as chairman for ten years, Shepherd proved an often outspoken and controversial figure, at times alienating the club's support.
Life and career
Freddy Shepherd was born into a working class
home, the son of a lorry driver; and with his brother Bruce, expanded a road haulage business into a series of marine and related businesses; and property development through redevelopment of the former ship facilities along the River Tyne
. The assets of the company now include Mitford Hall
The brothers often worked with Sir John Hall, who owned the property development business Cameron Hall Developments, and had become a key share-holder in Newcastle United. After Hall's vision of building Newcastle into a sporting club along the lines of AS Roma
or FC Barcelona
, he looked to consolidate the operations of Newcastle United. Shepherd Offshore had started to build a holding in Newcastle United, and so Shepherd became involved in the football business, alongside Hall's son Douglas Hall.
Initially, Shepherd became involved with the consolidation of the Newcastle sporting club to just Newcastle United, selling or reducing Hall's controlling stakes in: Newcastle Falcons rugby
team, Newcastle Eagles basketball
team; and the then Newcastle Cobras ice hockey
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