Liam Sweeney’s funeral is today and there will be a funeral service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle, with the news that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and a number of other Newcastle United representatives will attend the service.
Liam Sweeney – to be buried today
The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, captain Fabricio Coloccini, Managing Director Lee Charnley and assistant manager John Carver will all attend the funeral.
Liam’s father Barry, 52, of Killingworth, North Tyneside, had this to say about today’s funeral:
“It’s going to be a celebration of Liam’s life and we’ve put some tributes together for the service.” “He would be shocked with the people that will be going. It’s going to be the hardest day for us.”
After the ceremony Liam’s body will be taken to Newcastle Crematorium on the West Road, where he will be buried.
Liam and his friend John Alder were killed when their Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by rebels on 17th July while flying over Ukraine, as they were on their way to support Newcastle United in New Zealand.
It is very good to see the way Newcastle United have handled the tragedy, and in the 17th minute of each match this season the Newcastle fans will hold a minute’s applause in honor of Liam and John.
A memorial garden is also to be created in honor of the two Newcastle fans, and the club have announced a new community award to be named after them.
Newcastle honored the two fans with their families before the first game of the season on Sunday at St. James’ Park.