true faith : JOHN AND LIAM – Thank You

by • July 19, 2014 • NewsComments (12)1441

There is not a more fierce rivalry in English football than that which exists between Memory1Newcastle 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 learning of the donations made to charity and a for a floral tribute for John Alder and Liam Sweeney who were so tragically killed on Flight MH17 as they made their way to follow Newcastle United on their pre-season tour of New Zealand.

For those of you who have not seen what Sunderland supporters have done, please click here.

On behalf of true faith, I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to everyone at A Love Supreme / Ready To Go and those Sunderland supporters who have made donations and posted kind comments about John and Liam on their message-board.

Sunderland fans have made a huge and genuine expression of goodwill towards two valued followers of our club, Newcastle United and this should not quickly be forgotten even in the maelstrom of the intense rivalry we have with them.

This is our great region doing what it does best and that is showing solidarity when it is most needed. We thank our fellow-North Easterners for their kindness.

We will remember.

Thank you.

Michael Martin, true faith, Newcastle United Fanzine. 

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12 Responses to true faith : JOHN AND LIAM – Thank You

  1. jarra red and white says:

    Very sad news two lads following there passion and not coming back . Hope the toon do well just for them as they will be looking down watching there team RIP. From S.A.F.C.fan and fellow north easterner

  2. While we at Sunderland and Newcastle all feel their families loss, on a lighter note, at least they will be sitting along side all the Greats from both teams who have sadly passed on having served the North East so well on a higher plain. I will never doubt for one minute that the rest of the countries football teams supporters can ever grasp or understand the rivalry between our great clubs, but you can bet we will pull together when the need arises.

  3. David Magee says:

    Deepest sympathy to the friends and families of two fellow lovers of football.That they should meet with such tragedy while following their club is beyond description.Everyone knows that sunderland and newcastle fans share a unique bond, and that is they are the most passionate and loyal fans in the country. Now we are two less.
    Rest in peace.
    From a sunderland fan.

  4. sobs says:

    Whatever the colour of the stripes, we’re all football fans and we’ve lost two brothers

  5. Patricia Ann Ross says:

    We are the North East and today “United” in the grief of losing two of our own. Doesn’t matter which team you support, sadness is effecting us all. Condolences to the families of John and Liam. RIP lads.

  6. Shaun says:

    I salute the Sunderland fans who have been a shining light for their bitter rivals during their time of need. It is humbling to witness such class and to see some good come out of this shocking tragedy. Thank you!

  7. Graeme M says:

    My social networking name is usually FTM Raki. Today it’s just Raki. Tragic news. RIP to two fellow loyal football supprters.

    • Ricko says:

      Loving this. Will get back to my own board soon lads, and would also normally sign off with FTM, just seems pathetic now.
      Ricko

  8. Wobblytyre says:

    As a diehard Sunderland fan my heart goes out to the family’s of John and Liam.as a family mixed of black and whites this shows what the north east is about .my late father was black and white and we were one of the first to visit bobbys home at high urpeth and put my sons red and white scalf on the wrought iron gates .R.I.P

  9. Ricko says:

    Rip lads, two fellow lads from NE who loved their football. Ricko pooly safc fan,

  10. Taff says:

    I’m a Mackem. Terrible news. We have family in NZ and if we ever had a game over there I would use it as an excuse to go. RIP and my thoughts and tears are with those that knew the guys.

  11. Horsebuckfast says:

    Let’s all hope that through this tragic loss something decent comes from this and that is we can see each other for what we are, passionate north easterners and not people to loathe.

    R.I.P. Lads and thanx to all the Sunderland lads and lasses who’ve made the effort to contribute to the various funds.

    And my heartfelt condolences to both families.

    x x x