It was one year ago today on July 17th, that two dedicated Newcastle fans, John Alder and Liam Sweeney were killed when their Malaysian airlines flight MH17 was shot down, when they were on their way to New Zealand to watch the Newcastle team play in a pre-season tour.
The plane was passing over a Russian held part of eastern Ukraine, when they were shot down and the suspicions are that a Russian-made missile fired by Russian rebels in the region, brought down the plane with all aboard being killed.
John Alder and Liam Sweeney
John Alder and Liam Sweeney lost their lives literally supporting Newcastle United, and there was just unbelievable support not only from Newcastle United and their fans, but also from the Sunderland fans and Sunderland Football Club.
One Sunderland fan Gary Ferguson created a fundraising page that raised tens of thousands of pounds for the families of John and Liam.
One of the tributes to John and Liam
The terrible tragedy seems to have brought the two sets of fans together.
The supporters gave one minute of applause in the 17th minute of every single game played by Newcastle last season, and the fans of the opposing teams also gave their support at each of the games.
That was done as a sign of support, appreciation and remembrance of the two brave and faithful Geordie fans, who were tragically killed.
There’s one thing that is certain – Newcastle United and their fans will never forget these two dedicated and loyal Newcastle fans.
Rest in peace John and Liam.