We reported on the situation at Newcastle, including the granting of special media rights to The Sun, here.
Two weeks ago, the Mike Ashley-owned club decided to end lift the ban imposed in October 2013 - after the Evening Chronicle, The Journal and The Sunday Sun had the audacity to do their job, and report on a fans' protest over the sportswear entrepreneur's handling of the club.
Anecdotally, the local papers have been enjoying a circulation boost since then - so being readmitted to St James' Park might not be such a blessing after all. In time-honoured manner whenever a club has got the 'ump with a newspaper and tried to gag it with by barring it from the press box, the titles simply bought tickets to games and sent in reporters accordingly.
That ban was imposed in September after Northeast football correspondent Luke Edwards reported that Ashley was willing to sell the club. Newcastle issued a statement to deny the story, describing it as "disgraceful journalism for which the club and its supporters should receive a full and unreserved apology". No such apology has been forthcoming.
The stand-off worsened when Edwards further reported that Ashley's ownership interest in Rangers could jeopardise the clubs' ability to qualify to play in Europe - UEFA competition rules look to prohibit owners with controlling interests in more than one club competing in the Champions League or UEFA League.
The club published a rebuttal, which is still live on its website, which Press Gazette had reported may be libellous.
They quoted lawyer Christopher Hutchings as saying: "While the club is within its rights to exclude journalists and papers that themselves print allegations about Newcastle, it may not be wise for it to make counter-accusations about the integrity of the journalists."
Now, journalists sueing a football club... That's something we'd pay to watch.