Liam Sweeney Family Speaks Out – BT Apologizes

Newcastle United have been contacted by Barry Sweeney, Liam’s father,  and Barry has left a message for Newcastle fans, after the tragedy of both Newcastle fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder being killed when their Malaysian jet was shot down over eastern Ukraine last Thursday – an act of terrorism that has shocked the world.

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Alan Pardew and Fab Coloccini with the wreaths yesterday

This is the message Barry Sweeney has left:

“I would like to thank Newcastle United for all your support and kindness. We have been overwhelmed by the support from everybody concerned with the Club.”

“The comments made by the manager, the players and ex-players has been tremendous. We have always known that Newcastle United have always been a family club and Liam was, and still is, part of that family.”

“The support from the supporters, friends and family has been astounding. Our thoughts are with John ‘The Undertaker’ Alder’s family as we know what they will be going through.”

“Also, I would like to thank all of our friends from Sunderland for their generosity and support.”

Sunderland fan Gary Ferguson started gathering donations on his web-site (here) to raise £100 to have a wreath sent on behalf of Sunderland fans and now the donations are close to £30,000 – and that act alone seems to have brought the Newcastle and Sunderland fans together – and it’s great to see that happening in the memory and honor of John and Liam.

And BT Sport has apologized for going to adverts when manager Alan Pardew and captain Fabricio Coloccini laid wreaths on the seats of John and Liam before the game yesterday licked off against Sydney FC.

This is what a BT spokesman said:

“We apologize for any upset caused by a mistimed break during the Newcastle game. The timing was unintentional.”

RIP John Alder and Liam Sweeney- we’ll never forget you.

11 comments so far

  • pawl250

    Jul 23, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    I thought Colback looked the sharpest player on the pitch yesterday.

    For me it has made me think of him in a starting 11 if he were to keep that form up against bigger better teams as we all know, Sydney are hardly world class.

    ———————- Krul
    Janmaat – Mbiwa – Coloccini – Santon
    ————- Colback – Tiote
    —— Sissoko – De Jong – Cabella
    ——————- Riviere

    That is arguably are best team, but if we playing wider Sissoko needs to replace Colback and Gouffran onto the wing.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    I am trying to sound cheeky but does anyone really think we have better or noteworthy better option up front compared to last season!

    …for me it’s a bit of the same without the loan signings. We need a prolific goal scorer.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    *I am not trying…

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 23, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Jesper, although we’ve got some good players in, they have simply replaced good players going out. Which is why we still need more players to really call it strengthening.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    How much would you say Man Utd’s Javier Hernandez is worth?

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 23, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    T.v.v or whatever it is!

    The facts are Newcastle as a club hasnt spent a penny in permanent transfers for 18 months. Dont care why. It doesnt affect me as a fan and it doesnt affect you.


    It doesn’t effect us as fans? How could it not? By not buying anyone for 18 months it directly impacted on the quality on the pitch both player’s and the way we played due to lack of personel! Thus serving up dross which us fans pay to see! Also the small matter of watching the team we love perform to a disgraceful level and disintegrate before our very eyes as proved by our relegation form since last Christmas. Not to mention the sale and subsequent none replacement of a vital member of our team!

    So please tell me again how it didn’t affect us?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    LR32…I totally agree mate

  • Spoof

    Jul 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8


    where the difference could be is in the creativity, last season it was Cabaye and that was basically it, but if they are as good as we hope we could now have 2 with Siem and Cabella, I believe that that is what Pardew was referring too when claiming that we have more options, but then again he could well believe that Riviere and Perez are a betting pairing than the trio of Remy, Shola and LDJ ?????

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 23, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m not sure. These days there’s some surprising figures for players which go about.

    £14m for Borini, yet £8.5m for Remy. Very odd.

    It depends if the selling club wants rid.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 23, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Spoof, that’s not just it though. He did also have Ben Arfa and Marveaux, both have product in assists/goals. Both shunned and mishandled.

    Whatever people think of either of them. Both can have product. Marveaux had the most assists the other season and per minutes on the pitch Ben Arfa is one of the top, if not top contributors to the team for goals/assists.

    Mishandled and mismanaged, so he sticks with his workaholics like Jonas who had zero assists. Nice one, Alan.

  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Bet they’re having a pint with Sir Bobby and Gary Speed right now.


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