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Newcastle Mourn Loss of Two Fans On Flight MH17

Fri 18th Jul 2014 | Football Club Management

Two Newcastle United fans travelling to New Zealand for the club’s pre-season tour have been named amongst the 298 killed on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 which crashed over the Ukraine on Thursday.

A statement released by the club paid tribute to John Alder and Liam Sweeney, two of the club’s most loyal fans.

"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,” read the statement.

Newcastle United Managing Director Lee Charnley said, "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."

Manager Alan Pardew, expressed his shock at the news, "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."

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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