Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi are continuing to have an impact on Newcastle United and the area.

Fanzine True Faith held a live event last week at the Tyneside Irish Centre, where journalists discussed the future of Newcastle United following last month’s shock takeover.

All proceeds from the evening went to the Newcastle foodbank, with the event raising £2,659.30. That’s a fantastic amount for a great cause.

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But that figure has been doubled by Staveley and Ghodoussi. The Newcastle co-owners have matched the amount raised, boosting the final total to £5,318.60.


This is a wonderful gesture from Staveley and Ghodoussi, and shows they aren’t just here to focus on the club. The surrounding area is also going to benefit from the consortium’s investment.

Jamie Reuben has already stated that his family will match foodbank donations on matchdays for the rest of the season, another touch of class from a member of the ownership group. Reuben visited the foodbank’s stall at St James’ Park on Saturday ahead of Newcastle’s 3-3 draw with Brentford.

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And it’s things like this that just show how far removed the new regime is from the previous one. There was never any talk of Mike Ashley engaging with the community. He barely engaged with the club.

While talk of mega signings is exciting, acts of kindness like this will make much more of a difference.

Newcastle signing a new striker would be nice but it’s not life or death, whereas these donations will help people who are truly in need.

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