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Old July 18th, 2014, 10:48 AM   #1
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RIP John Alder and Liam Sweeney - Two Newcastle United supporters killed on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

Two Newcastle fans were on the flight MH17 that was shot down yesterday, they were on their way to New Zealand to watch NUFC in pre-season. R.I.P to all.
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Newcastle United fans understood to be among 298 people killed on Flight MH17

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Two Newcastle fans were on the flight MH17 that was shot down yesterday, they were on their way to New Zealand to watch NUFC in pre-season. R.I.P to all.
From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...people-7451096

Newcastle United fans understood to be among 298 people killed on Flight MH17
Jul 18, 2014 09:43 By Katie Davies

A loyal Newcastle United fan is understood to be among the nine British people killed on the Malaysian Airlines flight that crashed over the Ukraine.

John Alder, known to fans as John ‘The Undertaker’, is believed to have been making his way to New Zealand to watch the Magpies in their pre-season tour. John, of Gateshead, believed to be in his 60s, was well-known among Toon fans as he always wore a suit to the game. The Toon fan has only ever missed one game since 1973 and travels to every away match. He has been to America, Thailand and New Zealand to watch his beloved team.

It is believed John was travelling to the game with another 28-year-old fan, believed to be Liam Sweeney, from Newcastle. Before the flight John had made his way from Amsterdam before boarding the plane destined for Kuala Lumpur. Tributes have begun to pour in for the former BT worker, who was also known for his mullet-style haircut.
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Old July 18th, 2014, 12:04 PM   #3
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Two Newcastle fans were on the flight MH17 that was shot down yesterday, they were on their way to New Zealand to watch NUFC in pre-season. R.I.P to all.
Terrible, it has been confirmed on the BBC website.
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Newcastle United fans understood to be among 298 people killed on Flight MH17 - John Alder

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From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...people-7451096

Newcastle United fans understood to be among 298 people killed on Flight MH17
Jul 18, 2014 09:43 By Katie Davies

A loyal Newcastle United fan is understood to be among the nine British people killed on the Malaysian Airlines flight that crashed over the Ukraine.

John Alder, known to fans as John ‘The Undertaker’, is believed to have been making his way to New Zealand to watch the Magpies in their pre-season tour. John, of Gateshead, believed to be in his 60s, was well-known among Toon fans as he always wore a suit to the game. The Toon fan has only ever missed one game since 1973 and travels to every away match. He has been to America, Thailand and New Zealand to watch his beloved team.

It is believed John was travelling to the game with another 28-year-old fan, believed to be Liam Sweeney, from Newcastle. Before the flight John had made his way from Amsterdam before boarding the plane destined for Kuala Lumpur. Tributes have begun to pour in for the former BT worker, who was also known for his mullet-style haircut.
Another Chronicle Live article

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...alders-7454447

From BBC News Tyne and Wear 18/07/14

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-28363591



From ITV Tyne Tees, 18/07/14

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/st...airline-plane/

John Alder used to live approx half a mile away from me in Gateshead

Like me he used to walk to and from the home games and have seen in numerous times over the 40+ years we have both been following NUFC and as stated in the articles he was always in the black suit

When no NUFC game (home or away) John also used to attend games at The International Stadium watching Gateshead FC games

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Old July 18th, 2014, 06:42 PM   #5
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Shocking that two men who had probably saved up for months for this tour have to be shot down by so called " freedom fighters". The older of the two was a diehard and apparently much loved by his fellow fans.
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Old July 18th, 2014, 07:44 PM   #6
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Old July 19th, 2014, 12:29 AM   #7
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RIP John The Undertaker & Liam

2 mates i didnt even know........... but had seen them in/around SJP & at away games countless times
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A huge thank you to members of RTG (A Sunderland forum) who since last night have raised nearly £4,000 in donations for flowers for John and Liam.


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A huge thank you to members of RTG (A Sunderland forum) who since last night have raised nearly £4,000 in donations for flowers for John and Liam.


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Totally agree, a bloody big WELL DONE to these Sunderland fans.
A bit more on this on the Mag.
http://www.themag.co.uk/the-mag-arti...-region-proud/
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A huge thank you to members of RTG (A Sunderland forum) who since last night have raised nearly £4,000 in donations for flowers for John and Liam.


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This is a good gesture.
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Old July 19th, 2014, 04:27 PM   #11
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"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"
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Old July 20th, 2014, 03:02 PM   #12
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Liam Sweeney & John Alder floral tributes etc at St James' Park, 20/07/14 AM

For once NUFC have got it right - relocation of the flowers, shirts and the like away from the Sir Bobby Robson statue so as to protect them from the rain



Pictures as I paid my respects on Sunday 20/07/14 approx 1100















Even at that time there was steady steam of people attending the area

RIP Liam & John

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Old July 20th, 2014, 06:08 PM   #13
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Taken from Sunday Sun




ributes to John Alder and Liam Sweeney at St James' Park
Supporters of Newcastle United’s bitterest rivals, Sunderland, have raised more than £13,000 for a floral tribute to Toon fans killed in the Ukrainian air disaster.

Super fans John Adler, 63, and Liam Sweeney, 28, were killed while travelling aboard doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to see their beloved Newcastle United play in a pre-season tour in New Zealand.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...castle-7457769

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Old July 21st, 2014, 11:01 AM   #14
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The Sunderland Supporters have made a great gesture with the Support of the Newcastle Supporters, it's good to see that Football rivalries are put aside ---it's tragic what happened to those Lads and all of the innocent people on that Plane,---may they rest in peace.
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Liam Sweeney & John Alder floral tributes etc at St James' Park, 20/07/14 AM



Thanks for everyone in red and white who contributed to the fund

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Old July 21st, 2014, 06:35 PM   #16
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Sir John Hall calls on Prime Minister to bring the Newcastle boys, and all the British casualties, home
By Katie Davies, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, July 21st 2014




Supporters pay their respects to John Alder and Liam Sweeney

Bring our boys home.

That’s the defiant message from Sir John Hall who is calling on David Cameron to help the families of two tragic Toon fans killed on doomed flight MH17. The former Newcastle United chairman attended St James’ Park to meet with Barry Sweeney, who lost his son Liam, 28, in the Ukrainian air atrocity. The pair greeted each other with a hand shake before Sir John offered his condolences.

The meeting came after hundreds of football fans gathered at St James’ Park for a memorial service, where they held a minute’s applause in memory of Liam Sweeney and John Alder. Sir John said: “I think we have now got to tell the Prime Minister to tell Vladimir Putin to bring our boys home to the families.

“298 people have got to come home, for the families to have closure.”


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I went to pay my respects yesterday. Tragic what has happened.

£27,000 has now been raised!
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Thank you to all the SSC members who have recorded their support for the families of John Alder and Liam Sweeney, on this thread.

The families themselves have now sent messages to those who have supported them, on the Official Newcastle United Website.

I will copy those messages into here, in the next two posts.
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A Message From John Alder's Family


Newcastle United have been contacted by Karen Robbins, John Alder's niece who lives in Australia.

On behalf of his family, they would like to say the following:

"We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and wishes and incredibly generous gestures, particularly those who have been able to share personal memories of John.

"We are struggling to comprehend what has happened but we are touched and moved by your kind words, acts and the knowledge that so many people saw John for who he was, a kind, courteous man who was much loved as a son, brother, uncle and fan.

"Newcastle United was his life and we are proud of his dedication to the team.

"Our thoughts are with Liam's family and the families of the other passengers at this terrible time."
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A Message From Liam Sweeney's Family


Newcastle United have been contacted by Barry Sweeney, Liam's father.

On behalf of the Sweeney family, they would like to say the following:

"I would like to thank Newcastle United for all your support and kindness. We have been overwhelmed by the support from everybody concerned with the Club.

"The comments made by the manager, the players and ex-players has been tremendous. We have always known that Newcastle United have always been a family club and Liam was, and still is, part of that family.

"The support from the supporters, friends and family has been astounding. Our thoughts are with John 'The Undertaker' Alder's family as we know what they will be going through.

"Also, I would like to thank all of our friends from Sunderland for their generosity and support."
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