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In Honor And Remembrance Of Two Dedicated Fans

12:05 pm, Sunday, July 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

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We take time out today to remember two dedicated Newcastle fans, John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who lost their lives supporting Newcastle United.

This is the second anniversary of their tragic deaths.

Their passenger jet was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday July 17th, 2014 by rebels, as they were traveling to support the team in New Zealand.

We will never forget them.


And our manager Rafa Benitez, who has a heart of gold, has put this on his web-site today to remember John and Liam.

Today, Sunday 17th July, my thoughts are with the families of our fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who lost their lives following the club that they loved in pre-season two years ago.

They are in the hearts of so many people at this club.

RIP John and Liam.

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25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 stephen1971 // Jul 17, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    rip lads

  • 2 Lindisfarne // Jul 17, 2016 at 12:31 PM



  • 3 welshgeordie9 // Jul 17, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Get this beautiful club promoted and do it for those two long time supporters, RIP both.

  • 4 Bambams // Jul 17, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    RIP Fellas

  • 5 Veltmann // Jul 17, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Lol, bring back carl 😀
    I quiet like his football prowess.I think he has good insight on football matters.I don’t know about anything else.

  • 6 giimps // Jul 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    RIP Liam and John. Murdered whilst in pursuit of our shared love of NUFC.
    Hopefully NUFC can be brought to greatness again and you can watch from above.

  • 7 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 17, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Not cool Veltmann. A time and a place.

  • 8 hibbitt // Jul 17, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    neither the time or the place think before you speak
    RIP lads my your god be with you

  • 9 Munster Mag // Jul 17, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Promotion for two great fans. Let the club make that its intention. RIP.

  • 10 Veltmann // Jul 17, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Ahh, goody goody individuals sighted who seem to care better.Well it looks beautiful Sunday with bright sunshine in my place.I may have to hit myself with the hot sun.

  • 11 tomellifred360 // Jul 17, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    RIP gents! Enjoy this promotion season from the Platinum seats.

  • 12 Lindisfarne // Jul 17, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Interesting insight into the U21s(?), were they playing the Darlington first team?

  • 13 Lindisfarne // Jul 17, 2016 at 1:28 PM

  • 14 Mister Tuff // Jul 17, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    RIP lads – hopefully your families will get justice.

  • 15 expatmag // Jul 17, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    RIP……Lest we forget

  • 16 Novocastrian66 // Jul 17, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Demba Ba has suffered a horrendous leg break. Link attached. There’s a video too. The photo was enough for me. Slank’s snapped tendon? Pah.

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // Jul 17, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Ouch that’s got to frigging hurt, had to cross my legs watching that poor Demba Ba, I’ve always rated him,

  • 18 expatmag // Jul 17, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Geez nasty…..could be a career ender considering his dodgy knees record too

  • 19 Jib // Jul 17, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    This won’t stay up for long
    He must have some kind of bone weakness

  • 20 Novocastrian66 // Jul 17, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Braver than me Welshie. I couldn’t even watch it. The photograph was enough to give me the willies.

  • 21 SPRINGY // Jul 17, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    thats horrific to look at….not good,like expat says that could be the end of his career….hopefully not…not nice.

    RIP lads.

  • 22 welshgeordie9 // Jul 17, 2016 at 3:26 PM


    I can watch videos like that to a certain agree, i mean i watched all of the human centipede films, saying they messed up films is an understatement, but i can’t watch any of the saw films.

  • 23 welshgeordie9 // Jul 17, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    I’ve seen a lot of nasty injuries on the pitch over the years, but that has got to one of the worse ones ever, even if he recovers from that and that’s if then he’s not going to be the same again, wouldn’t be surprised now if he retires.

  • 24 Oldgit1 // Jul 17, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    RIP lads taken too early.

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Jul 17, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Degree i meant.

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