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Rafa Benitez And Newcastle United Honor Devoted Fan

4:59 pm, Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

Ernest Wears was a very devoted Newcastle supporter until his recent  death on Saturday September 3rd at the age of 75.

And it’s been revealed that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez sent a message to the family conveying sympathy on behalf of the manager and the whole Newcastle United team.


Ernie Wears – a devoted Newcastle fan all his life 

Heres’ the letter that was sent by Rafa’s personal assistant Sue Banks.


Grandson Andrew Satterthwaite, 19 of Lemington, had this to say about the heartfelt gesture from Rafa:

“All present were touched by the gesture, he would’ve absolutely loved to have received such a gift.” “It was such a pleasant surprise to make a sad day that little bit better.”

“He followed Newcastle through thick and thin and even had us buy him a radio so he could follow Newcastle United in his final days.”

“We are all extremely grateful to NUFC, Rafa Benitez, Sue Banks and also the staff of Bradwell Crematorium.”

Ernie was diagnosed with cancer two years but kept supporting Newcastle through his final days.

Ernie was laid to rest  in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

It’s very good to know that Newcastle United Football Club has a heart again.

Rest in peace Ernie Wears.

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Sep 21, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    RIP Ernie. Shows what a class act Rafa is.

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Sep 21, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    I hear Colback played well yesterday. That’s very good news. I think we’ll need him over a long season. Especially as we’re planning on going on long cup runs!

  • 3 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 21, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Rip Ernie, well done Rafa, shows he has heart as well as passion.Pity he wasn’t able to see more of the Rafalution but he goes knowing the club is on the up at last.

  • 4 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 21, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Repost to catch up with Ed.

    Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 21, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Ed’s contention that it was an easy win for us doesn’t ring totally true. From the highlights if Darlow hadn’t made some smart saves before we scored it could have been a different outcome.

    That’s why I always think the GK is the most important member of the team they can give a poor team unexpected wins. Not saying we are a poor team by the way.

    22Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 21, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    I wouldn’t get to hung up about getting a lower league team in the next round, we all know what they can do sometimes.

    I’d like us to draw Chelsea, beat them, then Liverpool beat them and so on to the final where we beat Barcelona

  • 5 JAMSHA // Sep 21, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    R.I.P Ernie Wears

    Good To See The Club Sendng A Letter

  • 6 Jib // Sep 21, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Loan Player update
    Henri Saivet is out for a minimum of 5 weeks with a thigh injury sustained playing for St Etienne

  • 7 toontaff2 // Sep 21, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Darlow made a great save at 0-0.
    We started well, then had a 10minute iffy spell before the 2 goals.
    He made some good saves in the second half too, and was very good on crosses.

  • 8 sing in the corner // Sep 21, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Beat Barcelona in the final..
    Ha ha yeah man!
    Number one trait of a seasoned toon fan…the ability to suspend one’s disbelief! 🙂

  • 9 Jib // Sep 21, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Siem de Jong makes his first appearance for PSV first team tonight in a cuptie vs Roda playing at centre forward instead of brother Luuk !

  • 10 lesh // Sep 21, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    What a nice touch by Rafa and his staff. They’ve shown the humane side of the Club. Well done to all concerned – a nice touch to go a little way to ease Ernie’s family’s up a sad loss.

    Clinath….. Thanks for your kind thought. Patara’s one of Turkey’s unspoiled little secrets. If you want a restful break with 18k of beautiful, unspoiled beach (the Sunday Times had it as one of the best in the world) and far from the madding crowds, Patara’s the place. Nowt to do apart from explore the gradually exposing ruins or relax among lovely people.

    Anyway, that’s the plug a couple of Efes Malt beers bought!

  • 11 manxpie // Sep 21, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    geordie two ya never told us you were studying over on these shores!?

  • 12 Shadow_Shearer // Sep 21, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Shame what earnie wears had to watch in his last few years, pardews terrible football, then carver, then mcclaren, to top it off the last season he saw, we were relegated. Pure tragic.
    Only positive is he got to see rafa come, he can rest knowing the club is in the hands of one of the great managers, & rafa has also acknowledged his support.
    Rip Mr Wears

  • 13 Yo-yo // Sep 21, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Execllent to see Darlow getting good reviews on here.
    Only saw the highlights but reckoned he made some impressive saves.
    A good problem to have for Rafa

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Sep 21, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Any takers for last night’s Rafa bingo?

  • 15 Bobbybee // Sep 21, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Wierd! Just posted on here and it jumped back to this afternoons pages and appeared on there. Never done that before. Anyway, what I was saying was I’m settling down to watch a proper cup game whete a tiny underdog takes on a giant. Gonna have ssn on the tablet so I can watch goals at QPR. That would be a nice draw either way – QPR or Sunlun.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Sep 21, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    I’d like Palace at home Bobbybee but that would mean wanting them to win tonight!

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // Sep 21, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Well swans have got the easiest tie of the round tonight.

    Ha ha ha

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Sep 21, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Although QPR at home would be nice and the PL teams to play each other.

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Sep 21, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Who’s the manager of Crystal Palace.

  • 20 funguswatty // Sep 22, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    RIP Ernie. Shows what a class act our manager Rafa is.

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