AC/DC Frontman Was Almost Tricked Into Buying Into Soccer Team
Newcastle United tried to get Brian Johnson to bank roll club.
Posted on Dec 11, 2012 02:39 pm
When you are one of the wealthiest musicians of all time, it's an inevitability that people will try to scam you out of money. Your childhood favourite soccer team is probably the last people that you'd expect it from, though. As Classic Rock reports, AC/DC front man Brian Johnson was almost tricked into investing half a million into Newcastle United back in 1981, by club legend Jackie Milburn:
"Jackie was such a wonderful man and he was just so worried about the way the club was going. He took me in to see the board. I was very excited about doing it, then about halfway through we looked at each other and realised they wanted me to put half a million pound in the club. This was 1981 or 82. At the time was a fortune and for that they were going to make me an honorary board member, with no decisions and no say. I realised that it was just a big stitch-up by these greedy men who wanted more money from some silly pop star dude who would just throw it in because of his love for the club."
Newcastle United are the local team for Johnson, who grew up in Dunston, Tyne and Wear.