Alan Pardew was interviewed in the Shields Gazette before the game tonight against Wellington Phoenix, which Newcastle won 1-0 through a first half goal from Yoan Gouffran – and the somber Newcastle manager said that the memory of John Alder and Liam Sweeney must be kept alive.
Alan Pardew and Fab Coloccini with wreaths on Tuesday night
Certainly it was an emotional scene on Tuesday night when Alan and captain Fab Coloccini laid wreaths at the two fans’ seats before the game kicked off, and Newcastle will keep their memory alive with a special tribute to the two fans before our season opener against Manchester City at St. James’ Park, which takes place three weeks tomorrow.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“It was emotional.” “Don’t under-estimate the impact that’s had on us, because it brings home the commitment our fans show to see us.”
“John’s story – he had only missed one game since 1973 – is remarkable.” “For them to have been travelling out there, and lost their lives in that tragic event – we’ve had to do our very best, and do it in the right way.”
“Hopefully, we have, and we will continue to do that. It’s important that their memory stays alive.”
And in tonight’s game there was again applause from the Newcastle fans after 28 and 64 minutes in honor of Liam and John, and that will be repeated at our games this season, as the Newcastle fans will continue to honor their fallen comrades.
Newcastle United have handled this tragedy in a very humane way, to their credit, and it looks like the club has every intention of keeping John and Liam’s memory alive.
Most fans want to see a permanent memorial to the two fans at St. James’ Park – and that will keep their memory alive forever.
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