Remembering John Alder And Liam Sweeney


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.

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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.

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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.



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89 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Before we get a striker or CB, I think we need to buy at least 4 more midfielders.

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  • toon22

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Maybe we could buy someone to be on the board.

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  • Graeme

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Respect to departed Merit.
    They were true fans, may they rest in peace. Thoughts and best wishes to their families and their memories.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #4

    RIP Lads

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  • CisseSomething

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #5

    RIP…HWTL

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Football is the same as betting, you can’t move the goal posts.

    Carver didnt count as well you know.

    Full of shit

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Rip

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  • Lost Plot

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #8

    RIP wor lads .. Fallen but Soldiers Live On!

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #9

    RIP lads. Credit to the club for the class they showed last season and to the fans who never forgot week in week out.

    Gone but never forgotten!!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #10

    RIP lads. Hopefully the club will put a smile on your faces when you look down upon a great team again soon.

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #11

    its a nice gesture and all..but millions od people die every day..and some are nufc fans.. perhaps sometimes we should remember those and not just john and liam..no disrespect, but all we hear about is those 2.. just cos they were able to afford to travel across the globe to see nufc team, doesnt make them any more special.. i dont want to sounds harsh and dispresectful..but..there are thousands of others nufc fans who left this world too early..

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #12

    RIP to two great fans, a credit to your club and city.

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  • ToonHeart

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #13

    @Nightfa11 – Two at once? in such a horrific death of supporters only flying to see Newcastle play? Could of been avoided being anywhere else.. the fact they could afford tickets to fly out probably meant they were bigger supporters than us! I love Newcastle. no way I would fly out that far to see them! Now, that’s dedication.. but, hey, whatever!

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  • alanrichie

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #14

    Nufc fans may die everyday nightfa11 but most aren’t murdered supporting there club. I strongly disagree with you, you should be banned, grow a set and show some respect.

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  • expatmag

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #15

    RIP lads from your mates in Australia

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #16

    nightfa11, don’t mean to burst your bubble, but you do sound disrespectful and harsh. Yes, people die every day, but they’re not murdered travelling to watch the team we love – and that’s what stands them out. Proper fans; thick and thin, always there. Or is that your problem? As someone who gets their loyalty, regardless of petty politics, they have my utmost respect for their total commitment. RIP lads.

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #17

    alanrichie

    you just said it – most of them arent..which could also mean that hundreds of them were murdered..probably even thousands in history.. im just saying we should “remember” all of them and not just point out 2 of them.. like i said..no disrespect..but all we read about is those 2..every month..for the past 2 years..we’re making them saints, but noone gives a s*it about others..right? and if that doenst make sense to you..feel free to ban me..

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Night FA

    You will cop it for your disrespectful comments and rightly so, during the 1 minute of applauding I remembers not just those 2 lads but also others that have died along the way. The reason the club pays respect is these 2 lads were going to see our lads play abroad in meaningless friendly, they were murdered when travelling to see the team they love. The club should never forget that, they went to watch the B&W’s but paid the ultimate price and one they didn’t deserve. I will always remember and I will always pray for there souls and families.

    Rip lads and to all toon fans we have lost over the past year!!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #19

    – you’ve read about this every month for the last 2 years. Wow seeing it only happened a year ago.
    Making them saints – what a load of tripe -fellow fans are just remembering them – they were not wealthy lads either.
    nightfa11 – a bit of a spitefull post.
    RIP lads.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Howay lads, I think there is a time and a place like..

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  • toonicle

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Well said Ed. RIP John and Liam

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #22

    i understand most of you disagree with me.. i didnt mean to be insulting or whaever.. im just pointing out that there are kids in africa, southern america, etc..who are football fans..who wear jerseies of w/e club, who get murdered, but cos its not all over the press, we forget about them.. and im just saying we should remember all of them..and not just those 2.. i understand you see death of those 2 more important, but the press made it more important to you, over any other death of a fan.. but they are all the equally impotant..

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #23

    Night FA

    Everyone remembers in there own way, I take sometime out during the applause to think of others as well as these 2 lads. People die everyday but this circumstance is different to those you’ve stated. You honour whoever you want the way you want, the club will honour those who lost lives whilst travelling to watch them play. Think you’ve over thought this mate!!

    Should we not remember those who died in WW1 or WWII? They made the ultimate sacrifice and our lads also made that same sacrifice but unwillingly. Best we leave this discussion as I personally will never agree with your stance.

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  • Sliema

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #24

    nightfa11

    So you obviously would like the press to either report every single murder/death of every single football fan (hockey fan, baseball fan, darts fan???) because we forget them all… or you’re simply suggesting there is zero coverage by the press of any death.

    Which one is it?

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  • Sliema

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #25

    You’re a bit confused imho.

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #26

    Sliema

    im saying that the title of article should be “lets remember our fans who left this world too soon” and not single out just 2 of them..every month..for the past 2 years.. even robson and speed dont get so much press – i know they werent mudered, but they left too soon..

    im saying this objectvly (emotions aside) – strictly objectivly – id understand such coverage and singeling out specific person if they were murdered BECAUSE they were fans (of whatever team)..

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #27

    It happened last year not 2 years ago!! Shocking to read though.

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #28

    why is it shocking? i didnt say anything bad about them..its horrible what happened to them..but it happens 24/7..like it or not..

    i’m jsut saying the concept of such press is..too bias..

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 17, 2015 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #29

    It’s shocking because you struggle to distinguish between death/murder which happens every day to murder when travelling to watch your team play. They were killed whilst travelling to see the toon play….you seem to struggle to understand this aspect!!

    It’s like a Liverpool fan saying why remember Hillsborough amd not all Liverpool fans that have died!!

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  • expatmag

    Jul 17, 2015 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #30

    Night

    I am from Melbourne. There were 38 Australians on that plane and thoughts on the anniversary are primarily about them here.

    I wouldnt expect Newcastle United fans on a blog give major thoughts about them on this blog about anyone other than the 2 lads who supported this club through thick and thin just as I dont expect other Aussies to be thinking primarily about John and Liam.

    However, it is obvious that decent individuals will have thoughts and prayers for all the victims and their respective families whilst giving priority to those they knew.

    Nothing wrong at all with that.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 17, 2015 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #31

    Night FA

    A plane doesn’t get blown out of the sky 24/7 either. Nothing stops you from remembering who you want in whatever way you want, the club will remember those who lost their lives whilst going to watch us play!!

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 17, 2015 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #32

    Our Toon

    yes i dont see the difference…maybe im weird..to me..murder is murder.. its like you go to the store to buy clothes and get murdered along the way.. so the owners/designers of the brand and their fans would..?? i dont know..i dont see the differece..to me murder is murder..

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  • expatmag

    Jul 17, 2015 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #33

    Nightfall

    The difference is very simple.

    When a murder occurs to someone you know or related to, then the prevailing circumstances effect you more than if it happens to complete strangers.

    Most decent people are appalled by any murder but when it happens close to home and in such tragic and unexpected circumstances, then it hits hone harder.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 17, 2015 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #34

    Night FA

    If I went to clothes shop & died along the way the store I was going to attend or the designer wouldn’t bat an eye lid….because there’s hundreds of stores customers go to not just 1 store, there’s hundreds of brands I wear I’m not devoted to 1 designer. NUFC is a family, we are one. We love our club and our club only, we are devoted to NUFC, we follow NUFC, we devote our time every day to nufc. Massive difference

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  • King Colback

    Jul 17, 2015 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #35

    RIP John & Liam

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 17, 2015 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #36

    Our Toon

    clotes were just an example..cos..everyone hs his passion.. for us its nufc..for some are drugs..for some its music..for some are designer clothes..and for women its disney’s happily ever after..

    who’s to say which one is more important? i’m just saying that constant reminder of 2 guys and noone else..is too bias..many toon fans died..but always talking just about those 2……

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 17, 2015 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #37

    Nightfa11, that hole is getting bigger, time to stop digging. If your passion is NUFC you have a strange way of showing it. It’s the ANNIVERSARY ffs, that’s why it’s being remembered. Their loyalty is something you could learn from, if you even understand the word. The more you try to justify your post, the worse you look. You’re a minority of ONE, which says a lot about your opinion.

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  • expatmag

    Jul 17, 2015 at 4:01 AM

    Comment #38

    Nightfall

    You are an absolute prune. Give it up.

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  • King Colback

    Jul 17, 2015 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #39

    Slightly off topic but just seen this on twitter: http://wp.me/p6rKmN-2h
    Do we really need anymore midfielders?

    On Topic, John and Liam died following the club they loved due to a terrorist act, it is the anniversary of their deaths and quite rightly should be remembered

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  • nut meg

    Jul 17, 2015 at 5:28 AM

    Comment #40

    R.I.P. John & Liam.

    nightfall
    Act your age, not your shoe size !

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