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Newcastle United Confirm Tributes To Two Fans Lost In Air Crash

7 years ago

Newcastle United have reacted to the [intlink id=”45013″ type=”post”]sad news of two Newcastle fans[/intlink] being named amongst those who lost their lives in Thursday’s air crash in Ukraine.

The club have confirmed that in tribute to John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who were en route to New Zealand,  the players will wear black armbands for the friendlies against Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix.

Newcastle also confirm that the first home against Manchester City will see further tributes paid.

The club have also dedicated an area next to the Sir Bobby Robson statue outside St.James’ Park, where fans can pay their respects to the two devoted Newcastle supporters.

The club statement;

It is with great sadness that we learn today the tragic news of the deaths of John Alder and Liam Sweeney, two of the Club’s most loyal supporters, who lost their lives on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 which crashed on Thursday afternoon in Eastern Ukraine.

John and Liam were travelling out to New Zealand together to support Newcastle United in the forthcoming Football United Tour, which takes place next week in Dunedin and Wellington.

Both men were familiar faces at every Newcastle United away game and attended not only first team games but Reserve and Academy matches too.

Newcastle United Managing Director Lee Charnley

“The loss of John and Liam is truly devastating news.

“Both men were dedicated supporters of our Club and were known to thousands of fans and staff alike.

“On behalf of everyone at Newcastle United we send our deepest condolences to John and Liam’s families and friends.

The Club will be dedicating an area surrounding the Sir Bobby Robson statue for fans to pay their respects to John and Liam.

“The manager and players will also be wearing black armbands for both their games against Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix in the Football United Tour of New Zealand.

“Arrangements will be made to pay tribute to the two men at the club’s first Premier League game against Manchester City on Sunday, 17th August. Further information regarding this will be announced in due course.”

Alan Pardew:

“Myself and all the players are deeply shocked and saddened by this terrible news.

“We all knew how passionately John and Liam supported the team and the Club.

“They were with us just earlier this week for our first pre-season friendly against Oldham and their dedication to travel all the way around the world to support us in New Zealand tells you all you need to know about the passion they had for Newcastle United.

“Our hearts go out to their families and friends.”


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