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JOHN-HALL’S consortium today lodged the names of six new potential Newcastle United directors with the club.

The six are all top Tyneside businessmen‚ Metro-Centre boss John Hall, millionaire wine bar owner Joe Robertson, Newcastle Breweries managing director David Stephenson, Tyneside comedian and property developer Bobby Pattinson, chairman and managing director of Reed Print and Design Brian Reed, and long rebel shareholder Malcolm Dix, who runs a family business.

Austin Science, one of the solicitors acting on behalf of the consortium, lodged the formal nominations at United’s club offices.

“We are doing this merely to comply with the Articles of Association.” Mr Science told me. “All six names are proposed and seconded by existing shareholders.”

The Articles declare that any board nominations must be received by May 31. They can be used at any extraordinary general meeting that may be called or at the club’s annual meeting which is normally in November. Two of the six are already shareholders – Mr Stephenson and Mr Dix – while the board currently have an application for a share transfer involving John Hall before them.

Frank McArdle has applied to have six of his shares transferred to Mr Hall. Malcolm Dix has regularly stood against the board as an individual but his is the first time that the other five have been formally put forward.

The consortium have raised more than £3m among them and are pushing for a £10m share issue at St. James’s Park.