News came through over the weekend, that Cliffy Ahmed had sadly passed away.

When you talk about real characters who follow Newcastle United, he was one of a kind.

Home and away, Cliffy was there match after match, season after season.

He loved Newcastle United and it is so sad to see him taken from us at the age of only 57.

My first memory of Cliffy was the night Newcastle played Arsenal in September 1984.

Newcastle had amazingly won the first three matches on their return to Division One and the mood was buoyant.

A two goal defeat brought everybody back down to earth and I remember after getting back onto the coach, somebody singing a not complimentary song about Charlie Nicholas who had just orchestrated the Arsenal win.

As we made our long journey home the song went on for some time…and that was my first introduction to Cliffy Ahmed. A larger than life character who was part of the very fabric of following Newcastle United.

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Reports over the weekend gave us an account of his final movements, with Cliffy going to the Manchester United match on Tuesday night and after watching his team fight back to a 3-3 draw, he then went to the Nine bar at St James Park for a celebration drink.

That was the last reported sighting of Cliffy Ahmed before he was then found later on Tuesday night next to the Strawberry pub, having suffered a cardiac arrest.

Taken to the RVI, Cliffy passed away on Wednesday.

Now family friend Chris Wood has started a crowd funding appeal which gives Newcastle supporters the chance to help give Cliffy Ahmed a proper send off, the aim being to raise £500.

Chris Wood:

‘We’re raising £500 to Give Cliffy Ahmed the send off he deserves because he was a devoted Newcastle supporter till the end.’

If you would like to help, please go HERE for further details and/or to donate.