Newcastle will kick off in about an hour and play their first game down under in New Zealand, when we take on Sydney FC at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand
John Alder and Liam Sweeney
But as we all know, two of Newcastle’s most ardent fans – John Alder and Liam Sweeney – on their way to support the team – were tragically killed and among the 298 people on board who have lost their lives, when a Malaysian passenger plane was shot down by rebels on Thursday over eastern Ukraine.
The north-east has come together in dramatic style in support of our two fallen fans, and a short impromptu service was held yesterday and around 200 people gathered at St James’ Park where flowers, football shirts and scarves were left in memory of John Alder, 63, and Liam Sweeney 28 – shown above.
It’s heart warming to see this all happening, and we just hope that some permanent memorial can be built in honor of John and Liam at St. James’ Park – and it will honor their complete dedication to Newcastle United – an can serve to honor our fans in general, who literally dedicate their lives in support of the club.
Alan Pardew has said there will be a minute’s silence before the game, and the players will wear black arm bands tonight, and it’s likely to be an emotional time before the game kicks off.
This is what Alan Pardew has said:
“For us it is important that we represent ourselves in the right manner.” “Especially in the light of losing John and Liam.”
“They were supporters that were travelling out here. We need to get them strong results. That’s what John and Liam wanted.”
“We will all wear black armbands.” “There will be a minute’s silence.” “The most important thing for us is that we honor our support.”
“And do it in the right manner and do it in a manner that really means something.” “It does mean a lot to us. It has hurt the group.”
Maybe we can all learn something from this complete and utter tragedy – and we need to dedicate this whole season to John and Liam, who literally have lost their lives in support of the Magpies.