England Lost to India on Monday by over 100 runs.  It’s a heavy defeat in any form of the game.  It’s an even heavier defeat when England had a custom made ‘green’ seam friendly pitch prepared for them. If you consider won a favourable toss it begins to hit home how poor this defeat is. Normally I’d write a match report with the twists and turns of the game – and this was an excellent game of cricket – but I feel like it’s best to lay out what’s wrong with English cricket and the England team. Defeat to India … Continue reading

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We are pleased to promote to all readers the work of the Football Supporters Federation via their newly published Annual Report (2014). All you need to do to get full access to the FSF’s Annual Report (2014) is click here. Obviously the best bits are when they mention true faith. Sniff. That is all.  

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When news came through that a plane had crashed in the Ukraine on Thursday 17 July, it was an horrific event that shocked the World, little did most of us know just how close to home this tragedy would hit. On the Friday morning initial rumours turned to hard fact, two of Newcastle United’s most ardent fans had been on that flight, never again to watch their beloved black and whites in action. The loss of John Alder and Liam Sweeney was of course the worst news possible for the two families and the pair’s many close friends. It was … Continue reading

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PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY: Sydney FC 0 Newcastle United 4, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, So. Island, New Zealand



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Sir Bobby Robson Foundation : JOHN ALDER AND LIAM SWEENEY


Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder were tragically killed on flight MH17, en route to watch their team play in a pre-season tour of New Zealand. On hearing about the disaster and loss of the two Newcastle United supporters, Sunderland fan Gary Ferguson (from South Shields) began a collection to raise £100 for floral tributes to the pair. Incredibly, at the time of writing, the total raised is over £23,000 (10am Monday) with generous donations from fans of Sunderland, Newcastle United and other clubs. After talking to John and Liam’s families, the additional money will be given to … Continue reading

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true faith : JOHN AND LIAM – Paying Respects


There will be a moment when friends and family of John Alder and Liam Sweeney will gather at the Sir Bobby Robson statue at the SW corner of the Gallowgate End, St. James’ Park today at 12 noon to pay respects to the two lads. All are welcome. It is a personal opinion of mine but I would imagine given their response over the last few days, Sunderland supporters would be especially welcome. Books of condolence have been opened at St Andrew’s Church in Gallowgate and St Mary’s RC Cathedral on Clayton St. West, both in Newcastle city centre. A staggering £22,000+ … Continue reading

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THRU BLACK & WHITE EYES – Our Friends In The North – 20/Jul/14


The legendary Liverpool manager, Bill Shankly once claimed “football isn’t a matter of life and death – its more important than that”. I have no doubt for one moment that Shankly, part of a generation who had lived through WW2, the deprivations of the 1930s and hewn from West of Scotland mining stock so similar to the North East never actually believed any of that. I guess it was tongue in cheek and intended to underline the obsession he and many others had and continue to have for the best game in the world. I was reminded of Shankly’s famous … Continue reading

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true faith : JOHN AND LIAM – Fundraising


We’ve become aware of a fund that has been established to raise funds for a flag to be taken to games by supporters to mark respect for John Alder and Liam Sweeney so tragically killed on Flight MH17. The fund has been established also to raise money for the families to pay funeral costs and also to pay for flowers too. This isn’t something we at true faith have established though we applaud those who have taken the action to do so. We will have no role in administering it. Its just something we think is very admirable. For those … Continue reading

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true faith : JOHN AND LIAM – Thank You


There is not a more fierce rivalry in English football than that which exists between Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC and the great divide in North Eastern football is characterised too often by violence and abuse. However, for those of us who have developed any insight whatsoever, we know that underneath the surface there is a mutual respect and many friendships even between the most committed supporters of both clubs. I am sure I was not the only one to be genuinely moved to read the tributes posted on the A Love Supreme / Ready To Go Message-board and the … Continue reading

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Like every other decent Newcastle United supporter every one of us at true faith was shocked to hear of the deaths of John Alder and Liam Sweeney on their way to New Zealand to follow our club. Not many people who have followed United home and away, reserves, juniors or watching 11 Toon shirts on a washing line for any length of time, won’t failed have known John aka The Undertaker. Frankly, he was a permanent fixture at any kind of match the club played at and as committed a supporter of our club you will not find. I didn’t know … Continue reading

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