Newcastle fans worldwide are still celebrating after the Â£300million Saudi-backed deal was given the green light by the Premier League.
After 14 years, the end of Mike Ashleyâ€™s turbulent tenure saw thousands of jubilant supporters celebrating late into the night outside St Jamesâ€™ Park last Thursday.
The first game of the post-Ashley era takes place in front of a sell-out crowd against Tottenham this afternoon.
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But what of the United team the last time someone other than Mr Sports Direct was paying their wages?
Who was in the Newcastle side at Watford on May 13, 2007 for what would be the final game of Freddy Shepherdâ€™s reign as chairman?
And where are they now?
With interim manager Nigel Pearson in the dug-out following the sacking of Glenn Roeder, the Magpies and the already-relegated Hornets side played out a pretty dismal 1-1 draw.
From appearances on reality TV, to ventures into hospitality in Spain, hereâ€™s what the 11 Toon players who started at Vicarage Road have got up to in the 14 years since . . .
Rated as one of the best goalkeepers to ever play for Newcastle, Given eventually lost patience with Ashleyâ€™s lack of ambition in 2009, joining another Middle East takeover project - at Manchester City.
Given went on to make 50 appearances for City, before joining Aston Villa in 2011, and finishing his playing days â€“ well beyond the age of 40 â€“ at Stoke City.
But having left United to escape a club in crisis, Given is now experiencing another at Derby County, where he is first-team coach alongside Wayne Rooney.
Slotting in at right-back against Watford â€“ and grabbing an assist for Kieron Dyerâ€™s goal â€“ trumpet-playing cult hero Solano made 230 appearances in total for the Magpies.
He left St Jamesâ€™ Park for the second time in his career in the same year Ashley took over, joining West Ham for a season.
The winger retired in early 2012 after an eight-months spell in League Two with Hartlepool United, and coached part-time at non-league Newcastle Benfield before returning to his native Peru.
Having managed Universitario de Deportes in his homeland, and been due to be head coach of Canadian club Internacional de Toronto until it folded, Solano is now assistant boss of the Peru national side and takes charge of their Olympic team.
Versatile defender Ramage notched up 52 senior appearances in what was a 12-year stint as man and boy with his hometown club.
Out of favour under Sam Allardyce and then Kevin Keegan, Ramage left United for QPR in 2008, where he spent three years before loan spells at Crystal Palace and Birmingham, and then a permanent move saw him help the Eagles reach the Premier League.
A slew of loan or permanent moves then saw Ramage play for Barnsley, Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters, Coventry City and Leyton Orient, before finishing his playing days in the US with Arizona United and Phoenix Rising.
Since 2020, three years after retiring, Ramage has been assistant coach to Newcastle Unitedâ€™s U23s.
Playing alongside fellow homegrown product Ramage at Vicarage Road, Taylor spent 21 years in all at Newcastle after joining from Wallsend Boys Club in 1995.
Having converted from a striker into a centre-back in his early teens, Taylor was tipped for England honours as a youngster, and made his senior debut for United in a UEFA Cup tie against Mallorca not long after turning 18.
But he perhaps became best known for his tactic of blocking the line of sight of opposition goalkeepers from attacking free kicks, and for a comical attempt to disguise a deliberate handball on the goalline in an infamous defeat against Aston Villa in 2005.
Released by the Magpies following their second relegation of the Ashley era in 2016, Taylor spent a brief spell in MLS with Portland Timbers, then played in League One for Peterborough United before moving to A-League team Wellington Phoenix in 2018.
Six months in the Indian Super League with Odisha ended when Taylor returned to Wellington in March 2021, only to decide to hang up his boots last month.
Operating as a left-back in this game, Republic of Ireland international Carr was another player quick to leave Tyneside â€“ departing in 2008 â€“ once Ashley gained control of the club.
The versatile defender, much more warmly remembered at Tottenham for his 13 years at White Hart Lane, then announced his retirement after being unable to find a suitable club.
But Carr did eventually return to football with Birmingham City, where he spent four years before walking away from football for good in 2013 due to injury.
Carr now lives in Spain where he has his own hospitality business and produces his â€œOne of Oneâ€ clothing brand.
Newcastle pinched Milner from cash-strapped Leeds in 2004 and the 18-year-old prospect went on to have a solid, if unspectacular, four years on Tyneside.
But perhaps the most notable aspect of his time in Toon was that his sale to Aston Villa in September 2008 triggered Kevin Keeganâ€™s resignation and marked the turning point in Ashleyâ€™s time at the club.
Since then, Milner has aged like a fine wine. He is the only member of this side still playing at the top level, plying his trade for Jurgen Kloppâ€™s Liverpool after a successful spell at Manchester City.
Manchester United legend Butt was signed by Sir Bobby Robson in 2004 and had a tricky start to life at St Jamesâ€™ Park, but ultimately won over many fans and became club captain following relegation in 2009.
Butt announced his retirement just before the end of the subsequent promotion season, only to briefly play again for South China Athletic in late 2010.
But there was an inevitability about his return to Old Trafford to coach the U23 side before becoming the Red Devilsâ€™ head of development.
However, Butt left his post in March 2021, and now spends increasing time at Salford CIty, where he is co-owner alongside some of his former Manchester United teammates.
An enigmatic eight years for Dyer at Newcastle came to an end with a goal against Watford, with this his last game in a black-and-white shirt before a Â£6 million move to West Ham.
Injury issues followed him to Upton Park, though, and he made just 22 appearances for the Hammers while failing to ever complete a full 90 minutes in claret and blue.
Dyer retired in 2013 after lower key spells at QPR and Middlesbrough and has since coached at Ipswichâ€™s academy while trying his luck at reality TV, appearing on Iâ€™m a Celeb and SAS: Who Dares Wins.
Pattison burst on the scene in the mid-noughties, but struggled to sustain his early potential, despite an initially promising spell at Norwich after leaving United for Carrow Road on a loan which turned into a permanent deal.
Having been brought up in South Africa, Pattison returned there, playing for several clubs before returning to the North East with Gateshead in 2014.
Spells at Blyth Spartans, South Shields and Whickham followed, before Pattison returned to Gateshead to go into junior coaching.
He now manages Gatesheadâ€™s academy team while playing for Dunston UTS in the Northern Counties East League.
Owenâ€™s club-record signing from Real Madrid was met with jubilation in 2005, as thousands of Toon fans descended on St Jamesâ€™ Park to greet the England international.
But while he scored goals quite regularly when fit, Owen will be remembered for a string of injuries from New Yearâ€™s Eve 2005 onwards which saw his commitment to United questioned â€“ not least when he sat out much of a doomed survival battle in 2008-09.
This game saw the England striker carried off after a freak collision with Matty Pattison.
Leaving St Jamesâ€™ Park following that relegation, Owen featured fleetingly for Manchester United and Stoke before retiring in 2013.
Having damned himself further by labelling Newcastle fans as â€œdeludedâ€ in his autobiography, Owen now works as a pundit for BT Sport in between bothering horses.
The â€œMackem Slayerâ€ was rarely a genuinely first-choice striker during 14 years at St Jamesâ€™ Park â€“ but will forever be cherished for his derby against Sunderland.
After seven goals in Tyne-Wear derbies, Ameobi left Newcastle in 2014, dropping down the divisions with Bolton, Fleetwood and Notts County following a brief stint in Turkey.
He is now back at Newcastle, having been the clubâ€™s loan manager since June 2019, but has blotted his copybook with some fans by speaking out in support of Ashley.
Oguchi Onyewu (for Solano)
Centre-back who failed to turn his loan move from Standard Liege into a permanent deal, only to land a three-year contract with AC Milan in 2009.
Onyewu faild to start a single Serie A game, and had a season with Sporting in Portugal before unimpressive spells back in England with QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton.
His final club was MLS side Philadelphia Union in his native country, where he is now sporting director for Orlando Cityâ€™s B team.
Alan Oâ€™Brien (for Owen)
Having overcome a broken leg to break into the United first-team squad, the Irish winger featured fleetingly under Glenn Roeder before this final substitute appearance - for Owen - was followed by a free transfer to SPL club Hibernian.
After a couple of hit-and-miss seasons at Easter Road, injuries saw Oâ€™Brien make little impact at Yeovil Town or Swindon before returning to the North East with Gateshead in 2012.
But he was soon on his travels again, before ending his playing career with non-league Wealdstone.
Oâ€™Brien now is now a car leasing broker and lives in Swindon.
Andy Carroll (for Ameobi)
Having made his Premier League debut at Wigan in February â€“ a month on from his 18th birthday â€“ Carroll spent a loan spell at Birmingham in 2007-08 before being fleetingly involved in Unitedâ€™s relegation season.
Having led the line superbly as Newcastle bounced straight back up, Carroll proved so destructive back in the Premier League that Liverpool paid Â£35 million for him in January 2011.
That price tag weighed heavy on him from then on, as injuries punctuated a career which has seen him wear an England shirt but never realise his potential.
Having impressed on loan at West Ham and made a permanent move to the East End, persistent fitness problems saw him rejoin Newcastle as a free agent in 2019.
But one goal in two seasons back at St Jamesâ€™ Park saw him released last summer, and he is still looking for a new club while living in Essex with his reality TV star fiancÃ©e Billi Mucklow and their children.
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