Newcastle Players Make David’s Last Days Special


We have had a heart warming, yet very sad note from one of our readers in Brisbane, Australia, which we want to share.

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Our reader has asked us to put out a thank you to all the Newcastle players who signed a Newcastle jersey recently for David Ridley.

David was a Newcastle United supporter who succumbed to cancer on Tuesday of this week.

He worked in an oncology ward in Brisbane Australia.

Before he died, David had jokingly said how he could ‘Watch all the Newcastle games from upstairs’.

His final wish was to be buried in a Newcastle United jersey.

The Newcastle club heard of this, and duly obliged by sending David a shirt, signed by a number of the Newcastle players.

We are told that David felt so privileged and special when the jersey arrived, and he was also very proud to be a faithful supporter of the Newcastle United Club.

His family and friends would like to issue a heartfelt thanks to the Newcastle players and the Newcastle United club for doing this, it’s much appreciated.

It meant so much to David.

We hope the players will dedicate our first game at Manchester United to the memory of David Ridley.

Then they will play like men possessed – or should I say good men possessed.

Rest in peace David, and we’re sure the lads will try to get you that win on August 17th, plus quite a few more as the season progresses.

We send our own condolences to David’s family and friends.



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91 comments so far

  • staffsmag

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #1

    A very touching but sad story. My thoughts go to his family and friends. Perhaps this is the sort of thing the press could report on and see Newcastle in a different light! Lets hope the lads give David something to smile about as he looks down on them

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  • Robert from Serbia

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #2

    🙁

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  • domtoon

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Rest in Peace.

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  • Eric

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Well said Staffsmag. Sounds like he was a good bloke. Fair play to our players. OK stuff Manky Utd now.

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  • Patrick

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #5

    RIP

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  • geordie jock

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #6

    This puts everything into perspective. Hope you get a smashing view up there David REST IN PEACE YOUNG LAD.

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  • valle

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #7

    may god take good care of your young soul David… So sad when a person that young dies.

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  • united supporter

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Rest in peace DAVID, from japan.

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  • Maxee

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Proud to be a Geordie.

    R.I.P

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  • Dillon

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #10

    R.I.P. Best wishes to all family and friends.

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  • Mattias

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #11

    There is alot worse things thats happening out there then the fact that we cant sign players like we used to.
    Perspective is the key word here.

    R.I.P

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  • Chris

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #12

    RIP David, hope you’ve got the best seat in the house up there for the new season.

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  • xfer

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #13

    RIP

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  • Davies

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #14

    RIP

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  • dougnufc

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #15

    R.I.P

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  • Fippy

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #16

    We’ll sing our hearts out for you mate

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  • seetow

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #17

    RIP david, well at least yo uget a seat higher up than the directors’ box up there!

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  • Lacedaemonian

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Peace brother!

    PS The media do not need to know every intimate detail of our club. Clearly the club are not courting the media anymore, which is great. I hope MA can give something for David to watch next season.

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  • reillers

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #19

    RIP. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.

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  • hadrian

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #20

    our players better give this lad the kind of performance he gave them in terms of support .

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  • HeronMag

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #21

    RIP David

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #22

    R.I.P

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  • Leo

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Rest In Peace matey hope they give you a good seat for the games up there watching down on our club

    im sure you will have a lil word in the big mans ear

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  • ObaFan2

    Jul 24, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #24

    A sad and touching story, God bless you m8.

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  • toonfan1

    Jul 24, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #25

    🙁

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  • JOeT

    Jul 24, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #26

    RIP David!

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  • Bren

    Jul 24, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Good lad, David. Keep watching us.

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  • bob marley

    Jul 24, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #28

    RIP!!!!

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  • Mitch H

    Jul 24, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Condolences to David’s family & friends.

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  • Whitters

    Jul 24, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #30

    RIP David – Thoughts are with family and freinds

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  • Marty

    Jul 24, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Nice touch by the Club.
    Sound like a real Geordie DAVID,see ya up there when we get there.
    Condolences to the Family are prayers are with you…

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  • jeffa

    Jul 24, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #32

    R.I.P

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  • dcbashore

    Jul 24, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Well done by the club to put a positive streak, however small, into a sad story.

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  • Obafan

    Jul 24, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Very touching story. Rest in peace David and hopefully your dream of watching the Newcastle games from upstairs comes true.

    My condolences to his family and friends.

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  • Whitey

    Jul 24, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #35

    R.I.P

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  • Alex

    Jul 24, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #36

    Condolences to family and friends
    Rest in peace David and enjoy watching from the sky box.

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  • Christer

    Jul 24, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #37

    RIP

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  • Lull

    Jul 24, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Rest In Peace, David 🙁

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  • Alan Howourth

    Jul 24, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #39

    god bless my friend , my mam and dad and Tony and Steven are up there so they will give you a hug x

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  • Zero Cool

    Jul 24, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Stories like this is what set Newcastle United aside from other clubs. Truly a unmatched passion between the fans and the club. Keep supporting the toon Big Dave.

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