Pardew – I’m Very Proud Of Sunderland Football Club


Newcastle’s  New Zealand tour has been overshadowed by the death of two of Newcastle supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who lost their lives when a Malaysian passenger plane was shot down last Thursday by rebels in eastern Ukraine, with all 298 people on board losing their lives.

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Alan Pardew talks about John Alder and Liam Sweeney

There have been tributes to John and Liam coming in from literally all over the world, and Sunderland fans have shown their class and humanity by already raising over £22,000 here in honor of the two Newcastle fans – who literally gave their lives supporting the club.

This is some of what Alan Pardew told the press at a meeting today down under in New Zealand:

“It’s important we represent ourselves in the right manner, especially after losing John and Liam – our supporters who were travelling out here,”

“We have to conduct ourselves well on and off the pitch and get some strong results. That is what they would have wanted and that is what we want.”

“So in memory of those guys in particular, we want this to be a successful tour.” “We have to honor these guys in the right manner because it does mean a lot to us. Their tragic loss has hurt the group.”

“On Tuesday I will be playing a very strong side. That is only right and fair in light of what’s happened.” “None of us would be sitting here without the fans.”

“Owners and managers come and go, as do players, but the fans are always there.” “And these two guys in particular, to go to the lengths that they did to get out here, has brought home just how important supporters are to us.”

“Sometimes when you lose lives in that manner it puts into context what we do.” “This season we want to give their families something to remember them by, by having a successful season.”

“A lot is made of the rivalry between the two cities, and of course that is there.” “But I would like to thank all the Sunderland fans who have paid tribute and helped raise a staggering amount already.”

“I am very proud of Sunderland Football Club for the way they have conducted themselves and I want to thank them.”

The rivalry will always be there between Newcastle United and Sunderland – but maybe when the two clubs play we can think back to how Sunderland fans reacted to the tragedy of the Malaysian crash, and how John and Liam lost their lives.

So the rivalry doesn’t have to be nasty or bitter any more.

And it’s times like this that show what’s important in life, and it seems to bring us all together.

We have the greatest admiration for Sunderland fans who have reacted so graciously and humanly to the tragic deaths of John and Liam.

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71 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Rightly so. The North East came together after such a tragedy.

    Lets hope the team can do well tonight in their memories.

    Respect

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  • expatmag

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Too true. Totally unexpected and a big well done to those lads who organised it all.

    However, back to hostilities for the derbies in good old fashioned NE tradition

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  • lesh

    Jul 21, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #3

    The Sunderland fans’ thoughtful gestures of sympathy and support has been both gracious and surprising.

    Well done to those guys and let’s hope that it’s not forgotten and is acknowledged by our fans’ behaviour towards them.

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  • Toon1978

    Jul 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Respect to SAFC but once the two clubs compete head to head, it’s up to NUFC to remember the last 3 derbies and give the Mackems a game to remember.

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Jul 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    We all no Sunderland fans I for one do not live in my beloved Newcastle any more but one of my best mates down south is a Mackem we have banter and it has hurt with theist 3 derby results but hats off to them for coming together in grief and raising so much money – I doff my cap to them but really want to kick their backsides this season

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  • Bambams

    Jul 21, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Its all gone a bit quiet over here re striker hunt…..Wonder if there is substance of talks in NZ re Andy.

    Anyone else heard anything ?

    We used to have former colleague’s working at SJP who gave us the head’s up….But once Pards came that was the last name we were given !

    Even one of the young physios told us the first he knew of Cisse was when he walked into the training ground.

    loose lips and all that.

    Somebody must of heard something !!!!
    Maybe all the ITK’s are frightened to say anything for fear of a blog bashing…..

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jul 21, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7
  • Average_Contents

    Jul 21, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8

    I’d just like to leave this pearler from parsnip, check the last quote….there are no words lmfao

    We have signed a number of new players, most of which are not here. We are fortunate though to have Siem (De Jong) and Emmanuel (Riviere), so that’s helpful because in the striking department we started to look needy towards the end of last year. So we have addressed that and out here hopefully we can get a better balance between defending and attacking.

    “We are known for attacking football and at the end of last year you wouldn’t have thought that if you had watched us play.”

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jul 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #9

    REALLY do hope we don’t get Carroll it would be a massive step back….my God, they complain about Gomis’s wages and whoever yet they want Carroll ?

    We can get 2 extra strikers for that money!

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  • cyprus

    Jul 21, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Respect to Sunderland.

    On AP’s statements…. love it! That’s it, be ambitious. Forget the Top 10 goal crap. We’re bigger than that 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11

    I am feeling an article coming up on Bigi next!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    A_C,
    He can’t have !

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  • Toon Tang

    Jul 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Yeah the Sunlun fans have been great with this cheers. Lets not give them too big a gift back in the derby though eh hahaha

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  • ethiotoon

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Our target is still top 8.as the yrs goes by,
    our standard of player scouting and recruiting also increases.last yr or so,we go for cabayes and debuchys..this yr,we hunt the likes of cabellas,siems…
    Next yr,we go for lacazattes and Greniers,
    Next we will start to go for the likes of isco
    Mourra,yovetic…
    So if we don’t compete in Europe by 2017,
    Something is not right.

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Well done to safc
    Apparently ac will sign on Thursdy ,he has said he will take a pay cut to sign for nufc ,rumoured to be 85 k a week
    That comes from dummett

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  • martoon

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Thinking about the Carroll story as as to whether there is any truth in it. The question is did Lee Charnley go to New Zealand? I haven’t see it mentoined anywhere and I would suspect not – you would imagine he would stay here to mastermind any more transfers. Therefore there is nobody in New Zealand to negotiate.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17

    ethiotoon,
    A little bit early to be chomping on the Khat isn’t it ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #18

    A very strange one regarding Bigi, he’s either being playing sh!te or had a fall out, went from making 23 appearances in his first season and looking good to none last year with the departing Gosling getting in ahead of him?

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  • mindshaft

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #19

    @martoon – I don’t think Carroll does any negotiations, just tells his agent yes or no. I’m sure he can do that over the phone – his agent will negotiate the rest

    Personally I hope this story is bollocks, I don’t rate Carroll – he was gash last season other than 3 or 4 games and he’s always injured these days anyway – complete waste of money in my opinion and we’l end up reverting to hoofball

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  • mindshaft

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #20

    oh yeah – well done to the SMB fans, good effort on their part.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #21

    I wouldn’t worry about carroll coming back
    his wages would be to big he would have to lose about 40k a wk just to be on a par with colo west ham would also want most if not all the 15mill they paid for him
    he also spent most of last season injured

    then there is his life style pards might not be the brightest but I cant see him bringing him back

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #22

    mikeashleyisamackem,
    You only ever post during transfer windows, whether it’s a story from a mate of yours in the airport or the one above, you turn ITK every time, can’t remember you ever being right though.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #23

    I won’t be calling them scums this season for their actions over the deaths.

    It’s really touching and showed so much class.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #24

    jail

    bigi had a long injury last season and a drop in form but towards the end of the season he did get his form back
    so I was told a couple of months ago on here

    to many players in his position now with colback coming in so I hope he goes out onloan

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  • Whumpie

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #25

    Really touched by this. Much respect to the Sunderland guys.

    As long as we’re outside a stadium of course. John and Liam wouldn’t have wanted us to go too far, eh.

    RIP fellas – look what good you brought out of us all.

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  • ethiotoon

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #26

    Jail
    Good to see you back…
    Tell me how u know about khat?

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #27

    I have actually selected a sunderland player in my fantasy team this year, in recognition of their actions. Random substitute defender, but i usually point blank refuse out of principle.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #28

    Beer,
    He’s on about leaving in that article in the mag !

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #29

    I am not sure I am all the impressed with how we treat those who doesn’t make the starting 11 (we all know Parpuh doesn’t make change when has found “his winning formula” unless he is forced to.

    Bigi should have been out on loan before Sep. 1st last year (the same goes for this year)

    *I am not sure that Parpuh means when he says we want CL but are being educated about it? I where lies the educated part in how we conduct business and run our academy? Last season Parpuh were making parallels to SOTON saying they have more intelligent youth players!!!

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  • nut meg

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #30

    I really can’t see anything in this Carroll story at all.It doesn’t make sense to me unless I’m missing something.Maybe It’s not footballing reasons but a very expensive effort to get the disgruntled fans back on board & to sell the season tickets……help me please,somebody explain it !

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #31

    Is it also possiblr to het Dhog? What about Rhabbit? Ghuinea Phig?

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #32

    Possible to get *…. fcuking phone.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #33

    *what

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #34

    ethitoon,
    Simple, I suspected you were on drugs and I googled ‘Ethiopean drugs’, it seems Khat is very popular and you confirmed you use it which would describe your bizarre and outlandish statements.

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  • banjax

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #35

    A big thanks to the Sunderland fans, let’s keep the rivalry and competitiveness, but not the vile stuff. As for Andy Carroll – he’s injury prone and simply not worth the £15m and £80k a week wages and if that IS the money the club is prepared to pay – then why not have paid less for Ba or the same money for Remy? For £15m we could buy players like Lukaku !

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #36

    jail

    is that cos of lack of games or are the club looking to flog him

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #37

    beer,
    Story is in the mag, he’s disappointed he never made NZ and thinks he might have to leave.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #38

    today we gona loose again..i can feel it

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #39

    jail

    goto go out

    bloody unreal I thought he could have been class

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #40

    beer…he will join a long list of players here we at some point thought could have been class (or at least something)

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