St James' Park. (Photo by OWEN HUMPHREYS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust have publicised plan that they’re calling the 1892 Pledge which aims to raise enough funds whereby they could buy a stake in the club if and when Mike Ashley comes to selling up and leaving St. James’ Park.
NUST board member Alex Hurst has suggested that a figure of around £3 million is the target, with the Trust believing that amount to be adequate to purchase a stake.
The pledge is proving popular on Tyneside too, with Toon legend Alan Shearer already giving it his backing.
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Bees United, the Brentford FC Supporters Trust, used to own 60.3% of the shares in the Championship club, while Matthew Benham, himself a fan, owned 30.7%. At one time, various other supporters owned the other 9.0% of shares too. Eventually, the Supporters Trust sold their entire shareholding to Benham who swept the other minority stakes to own 100% of the club. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
But Newcastle fans aren’t the first to flirt with part-ownership of their beloved club in recent years.
Here are nine more examples of British sides who are, to some extent, owned by their supporters...
Stanley only have two shareholders who own more than 10% of the club individually, but at one point supporters owned a cumulative total of around 12% of the club. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The United Trust own a 25.4% stake in Carlisle United. At least one elected member of the trust sits on the board of the club at any time. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
If Newcastle fans need any guidance on how to go about buying part of their club, they need only take a look across the Tyne. The Gateshead Soul Supporters Trust purchased a minority club shareholding in February 2021. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Grimsby Town are another Football League club who have partial fan ownership. The Mariners Trust own 14.13% at Blundell Park. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Back in 2012, the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust formally took over to help financially stabilise the club and end a transfer embargo.To this day the Supporters Trust still own a 25% share. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Club 1872, a supporters group, own a minority share in the newly-crowned Scottish champions. (Photo by Robert Perry - Pool/Getty Images)
In December 2014, Hibernian publicised plans to sell up to 51% ownership of the club to the Hibernian Supporters Limited. Since then, the trust's stake in the club has declined to around 15%. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
The St Mirren Independent Supporters Association are a fan-made group who are edging towards majority ownership of the Scottish club, and who are due to assume a 51% stake this summer. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)