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 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.
Michael Martin, true faith, Newcastle United Fanzine.