Wish Sport is a campaign set up by the Newcastle Chronicle and Wonga that hopes to give something back to local sports and community clubs in the Tyneside region. Up for grabs is the chance to take home a slice of £30,000. The money can then be put towards a variety of things including buying new kit, refurbishing a clubhouse or improving sports facilities. The campaign is part of an ongoing commitment from Wonga to invest in grassroots sports in the area. One local Irish dancing school is calling on readers of the Chronicle to help them win some of the cash prize by collecting tokens on their behalf.
The iconic gates which used to greet Newcastle fans as they made their way to St James’ Park are to be returned to the club after being found on farmland belonging to life president Sir John Hall.
Members of the NUFC Fans United group had been eager to see the gates return to their rightful home for some time. After several meetings with club officials, new sponsors Wonga and the Magpie Group, which is owned by Sir John Hall, an agreement has been reached by all parties for work to begin restoring the gates.
Wonga has provided the necessary funding required to dig up the wrought iron gates from Sir John’s Northumberland farmland. Wonga will also make a financial contribution towards the construction of a specially designed frame which will assist engineers in transporting the gates to a dedicated workshop where the restoration process can begin. Once completed, it is anticipated that the new gates will be installed at the stadium prior to the start of the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign.