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Sunderland Fans Do Liam Sweeney & John Alder and The Region Proud

7 years ago

Sunderland fans have stepped forward and helped bring some positivity to one of the very saddest occasions I can remember as a Newcastle fan.

[intlink id=”45013″ type=”post”]Liam Sweeney and John Alder[/intlink] were doing something that most of us could only dream of, jetting to the other side of the World to watch the team, but more importantly enjoying the unique camararderie that exists when fans of a football club congregate in a distant destination.

As we all know, Liam and John never reached New Zealand in that latest in a long line of away trips with their fellow fans, especially in John’s case who had only missed one match in 43 years. Liam on the other hand at only 28 years of age, was making his own inroads into accumulating a great bank of black and white memories.

When a very public tragedy occurs there is very often a reaction that lifts your spirits, on this occasion Sunderland fans have done themselves and the whole region proud.

In honour of Liam Sweeney and John Alder, a memorial fund has been set up with the express intention of buying a floral tribute to the two fans, with any remaining money to go to a suitable charity.

The fund was set up with a target of reaching at least £100 but in less than 24 hours it has reached a staggering £2,250 (STOP PRESS: The figure has just risen to £2,625 while I have been writing this!) and is rising all the time.

This is the message on the fundraising site;

‘We may be Sunderland fans, who traditionally have deep rivalry with Newcastle, but there are things far more important than any football games. The incredibly sad news that has emerged this week about two Newcastle fans who have passed has left us all shocked and deeply saddened. Donating here will help pay for a floral tribute to those fans and to unity between the two clubs. Any extra money will be donated to a charity that has yet to be decided.

Thank you for your time, effort and donations.

RIP to John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who were both far too young.’

If you would like to contribute to the fundraising effort on memory of Liam and John go HERE


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