Newcastle's 'Legendary' Tea Lady Dies

28 March 2017, 19:34 | Updated: 28 March 2017, 19:39

Kath Cassidy

Tributes have been paid to Newcastle United's ``legendary tea lady'' who has died aged 90 after serving the club for half a century.

Kath Cassidy was a loyal and much-loved servant of the football club who worked on match days and saw 26 managers come through the doors at St James' Park.

Newcastle United said: ``Everyone at Newcastle United is deeply saddened by the passing of the club's legendary tea lady, Kath Cassidy.

"Our beloved Kath loyally served the club for half a century and was adored by managers, players and staff alike.

"She sadly passed away on Monday in Newcastle, aged 90.

"The thoughts of everyone connected with Newcastle United are with Kath's family and friends at this very sad time.''

Former Newcastle United captain, manager and the Premier League's top goal scorer, Alan Shearer joined the tributes.

He said on Twitter: "So sad to hear the news about Kath.

"She was devoted to Newcastle, always made me smile and made the very best tea!

"Will miss her.''

She famously popped up in front of the massed media during a press conference when Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer were publicly apologising for fighting during a match at St James's Park.

The club thanked her for her service when she retired in 2015.