Sir Richard Branson meets the players

Sir Richard Branson - businessman, magnate and owner of Newcastle United's new shirt sponsors Virgin Money - was in town on Monday to meet some of the players and members of the public.

The fourth richest man in the UK - a self-made billionaire - visited the Virgin Money branch in Northumberland Street and the company's base in Gosforth to celebrate the two-year deal, which was agreed last week.

And a whole host of Magpies stars, including Mike Williamson, Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Steve Harper, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic and James Tavernier, came along to greet him.

Some of them enjoyed a kickabout with Sir Richard, while others had fun in a Virgin Money racing car, and they were photographed by club photographer Ian Horrocks exclusively for