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Fan's wedding dress shirt protest

Newcastle United dress
The dress is made of two Newcastle United shirts stitched together

A fashion designer has torn up her Newcastle United shirts and turned them into a wedding dress in a protest against the crisis-hit club.

Magpies supporter Angy Morton, of Windemere, decided to rip up her two shirts after Kevin Keegan's departure.

She then made them into a wedding dress to demonstrate fans' mixed feelings of "love and hate" for the club.

The dress will feature in a fashion show at Rheged, near Penrith in Cumbria, on 10 and 11 October.

Mrs Morton, who is originally from Romania, has supported Newcastle United for eight years.

Her Newcastle-born husband Mike has been a fan since childhood.

The designer, who runs clothing business Romantique Couture, said: "Newcastle United fans have a real love-hate relationship with their team at the moment.

"So I thought tearing up the shirts and turning them into a wedding dress was a good way to express how we feel.

Newcastle United dress
Angy was furious at Kevin Keegan's departure from the club

"Many fans are finding it difficult to wear their shirts with pride with the way things are going at the moment, but ultimately there's no escape because they are really married to football and the team."

The club was thrown into chaos last month when Keegan left St James' Park and are second from bottom of the Premier League.

Fans staged a series of protests after Keegan's departure after which owner Mike Ashley announced his plans to sell the club.

Joe Kinnear has been made "interim manager" - making him the struggling team's third boss this year, following the departures of Keegan and Sam Allardyce, who left in January after criticism and abuse from fans.

Newcastle suffered their fifth defeat in a row on Saturday, losing 2-1 at home to Blackburn Rovers.




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