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.