A man from Hareydene, Newbiggin Hall has been charged with criminal damage after graffiti appeared on a wall at Newcastle United’s ground. The graffiti materialised shortly after the St James’ Park signs had been removed, following the club’s decision to rename the stadium the Sports Direct Arena. Workmen arrived this afternoon to doff the words ‘St James’ which had been written in white paint on one of the walls. 29-year-old Michael Atkinson is now set to appear before Newcastle Magistrates’ court on March 7.
Most Newcastle fans have voiced their displeasure at Mike Ashley’s little rebranding exercise and it’s clear that Mr Atkinson was highlighting that very message. While he was making a point on behalf of many other Newcastle fans (and one which the majority of the football world agrees with), he obviously gave little thought to the quality of his scribbling. Having seen the picture, the first thing that springs to mind is that the graffiti is a particularly shoddy effort and it just looks rubbish. In fact, the club could have clumsily nailed the words ‘Stadium of Light’ up there and it would have looked better. If you’re going to go to the lengths of defacing your stadium, you might as well bring in someone blessed with a little more artistic talent and make it look half decent.
If you’re going to do something wrong, do it right.