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Newcastle United Football Club, sponsored by Fun88, are an English Premier League club who were founded way back in 1892, following the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End. Unusually, the ground that they played at from their inception, St. James’ Park, is still their home to this day and is now a magnificent all-seater 52,354 capacity stadium.
It is the oldest, and largest stadium in northeast England and, unlike many modern stadia that have been relocated to an out of town location, St. James’ Park sits, proudly, in the centre of the city.
The bond which the club has with its supporters is legendary. Home matches are always sold out and a loyal following of thousands, known as the ‘Toon Army,’ travel to each away game. ‘Toon’ refers to the pronunciation of ‘town’ by the locals who are known as Geordies.
The club is nicknamed the ‘Magpies,’ because of the black and white striped shirts that the players wear, and they’ve won four league championships, six FA Cups, a Charity Shield, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the UEFA Intertoto Cup during their history. Their fiercest rivals are neighbours Sunderland, and the ‘Tyne and Wear derby’ is one of the most keenly contested rivalries in the country.
Some of the best English players to have ever played the game professionally have done so for Newcastle, who, throughout their entire history, have never played in a league below the second tier of English professional football. Local hero, John Edward Thompson ‘Jackie’ Milburn, christened Wor Jackie (Our Jackie) by the supporters, was the first real superstar at the club.
Between 1943 and 1957, the centre-forward amassed 200 goals in 353 appearances, a club record until it was surpassed by another legendary player, Alan Shearer, against Portsmouth on February 4th, 2006. Shearer, captain of club and country, had signed for the club in 1996 for a then world record fee of £15m and would go on to score 206 goals in all competitions from his 395 appearances, a record that still stands today. His manager at the time was Kevin Keegan, another star for both the Magpies and the England national side. Under Keegan, Newcastle came the closest they ever have to winning the title in the English top flight, finishing second in both the 1995/96 and 1996/97 campaigns.
Two of their best results – a 5-0 win over Manchester United, and a 3-2 Champions League victory over Spanish giants FC Barcelona, the latter thanks to a Faustino Asprilla hat-trick, came during this era.
Fun88 is also the Asia betting partner for Tottenham Hotspur, an English Premier League club based in north London. Coached by Mauricio Pochettino and with well-known players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and French World Cup-winning captain, Hugo Lloris, ‘Spurs’ as they are commonly known reached their first Champions League final in 2019.
Bookmaker Fun88 Adds NBA Legend Kobe Bryant As Brand Ambassador
Fun88 is pleased to be associated with one of USA’s legendary athletes; Kobe Bryant.
Kobe Bryant is a former Los Angeles Lakers great and future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer.
Bryant, who was nicknamed “the Black Mamba” in his playing days, will work with Fun88 as a brand ambassador and promote the company in several key international markets, such as Asia and the UK, where the brand focuses and helps audiences understand the industry in the right way.
Kobe played all 20 seasons for the Lakers and was named an NBA All-Star 18 times, which is a league record. The only two years he wasn’t were when Kobe was a rookie in 1996-97 and in the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season when the game was cancelled. Bryant won five NBA titles with the Lakers, won four All-Star Game MVP Awards, two regular-season scoring titles, two NBA Finals MVP's, one regular-season MVP and was named to an All-NBA team 15 times and an All-Defensive Team 12. Bryant is the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer and one of the best shooting guards in league history.
Stunning accomplishments for a player Kobe was drafted 13th overall out of a Philadelphia high school by Charlotte but immediately traded to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac. The Lakers’ general manager then was Jerry West, also an ex-Lakers legendary player and Hall of Famer. Bryant will be eligible for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame in 2020.
Fun88 has the beginnings of a strong basketball club as two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash already was on the roster. Nash starred for the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns in his career, spending his final two seasons in the league playing with Bryant at the Lakers. Fun88 also has been a partner with Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur since 2012 – the Spurs reached the Champions League Final this year.
Stephen Nash is a basketball legend, a two-time NBA MVP and another of Fun88’s brand ambassadors. Across 18 seasons he starred for the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers, becoming an eight-time NBA All-Star and seven-time All-NBA selection.
He’s joined on our roster by former Liverpool FC legend, Robbie Fowler. He is the sixth highest goalscorer in the history of the English Premier League and won the PFA Young Player of the Year trophy in 1995 and 1996. He is the only player to have scored more than 30 goals in his first three full seasons in English professional football.