In Memory Of John And Liam – We Were In Total Control

In what was an emotional game for Newcastle United and the fans at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand, and the Magpies rolled out good 4-0 winners against Sydney FC today, in what was to be a tribute to our two lost fans – John Alder and Liam Sweeney.

Newcastle United v Sydney FC - Football United New Zealand Tour 2014

Alan Pardew about to lay a wreath for our two fallen fans

The two dedicated Newcastle supporters were part of last Thursday’s Malaysia Airlines tragedy, while they were on their way to New Zealand to support the club on their pre-season tour down under.

Newcastle played very well in this game, and were much the better side as they went 3-0 up by half time, and it could have been an even bigger victory on the night.

Alan Pardew and Fabricio Coloccini laid wreaths on John and Liam’s seats before the game started.

This is what Pardew said on the Newcastle web-site after the game:

“I was very pleased.” “We started with a very strong side, particularly in memory of John and Liam – I thought that was only right.¨  “It was important that we paid our respects. John and Liam were not just ordinary fans – they were a litte bit special in their support of us.¨

“They were coming out here to watch us, all the way to New Zealand, and we had to make sure that their memory was in this stadium.¨  “We got off to the perfect start, were gifted a goal, and from then on we were in total control.¨ 

“It was nice to see the new boys all contribute in a really positive way. It’s obvious we have more offensive options now with the arrival of Riviere, Siem and Ayoze.¨  “All three were terrific and Jack’s energy in midfield was great for us too.¨

¨That really got us playing and on the front foot.¨ “It was a good night on the pitch and one where we can be proud of how we conducted ourselves off it too.”

It was a very good win for our lads, and Alan’s right that the new boys looked very good – and it’s so far so good in the transfer market this summer.

In short – it was a very good display and a very good result when it really mattered.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle could continue their summer of spending with the purchase of Tottenham Hotspur’s Andros Townsend, and are also keen on Swansea City’s attacking midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, according to the Journal.

    Townsend is currently out-of-favour at Spurs having made only seven Premier League starts last season, but has attracted the attention of Magpies manager Alan Pardew, who is looking to bring in more players with domestic experience.

    Pardew has already brought in Jack Colback from Sunderland and is also keen on Swansea City midfielder Shelvey, rated at around £8 million by the Welsh club. The former Liverpool man had a superb first season at the Liberty Stadium last term, and could be seen as the long-term replacement for Yohan Cabaye, who left for PSG earlier this year.

    Townsend too appeals, and Pardew may see the 23-year-old English international as a useful attacking option next season after Loic Remy moved back to parent club Queens Park Rangers following the conclusion of his loan agreement.

    Newcastle owner Mike Ashley appears happy to give Pardew the funds he needs to sign his prime targets, with the north east club already signing Ayoze Pérez, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Rivière and Daryl Janmaat.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 22, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Jazzyp…what do you think?

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Jazzyp from previous

    Hopefully colo’s head is back in the game so to speak after all the talk of leaving

  • Markaccus

    Jul 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Townsend is a genuine winger. That would push socks in with tiote with colback on the bench. Would love to see him at the toon. However, we should be looking at cbs and cfs. I am not a fan of shelvey.

  • Pottsclock

    Jul 22, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #5

    I would hate it if we got Shelvey. Do we really need another midfielder now? If so, Grenier please.
    Shelvey seems to have a bit of a nasty edge and rather aggressive in the way he rubs the opposition’s nose in it when he does well. Really didn’t like his behaviour when we played at the Liberty last season.
    Moreover, because he has done well at Swansea – why do they want get rid?

  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Personally don’t see any point mate as we are more than covered in these positions.
    I would have thought these 2 combined would cost in the region of 15 mill, And as everyone says mate I would spend on more priority positions in the squad than midfield

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 22, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #7


    Just for you and me mate

    He lives lol and scored by the way 😉

  • Markaccus

    Jul 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #8


    Aye. Ober-squidward had to hiding somewhere! Probably been back to bikini bottom to shout at spongebob

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 22, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #9


    Totally agree I think he’s a,nasty little kunt….and I don’t think parsnip would want him as his nose is bigger than his 😉

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 22, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Reminds me of a character out of the Roald Dahl film the witches lol

  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #11

    I know its only a friendly but I thought he looked the Quality and influential player we have seen in the past. And what impressed me most was the way the defence pressed high up the pitch rather than letting opposition come on to us.
    My only concern from the match today is why the hell we keep persisting on playing Yanga out of position. Janmaat is our first choice RB now, So I see him having more chance of fighting for the central role at the back than where he is currently being asked to play

  • ethiotoon

    Jul 22, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Townsend may be great signing because
    Marveaux is on his way out.but didn’t like the loaning,it should be cash upfront.
    If we add shelvey andTownsend,what a superb peace of business by ma in this window. shelvey may cost around £10m
    While Townsend around £8m.
    Not too much IMO
    HWTL in new Zealand..


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