Anorak

Anorak | Flight MH17: Newcastle United Fans Prove The Football Family

Flight MH17: Newcastle United Fans Prove The Football Family

by | 27th, October 2014

Malaysia Airlines Ukraine crash

 

JOHN Alder was a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014, the day it was shot down over Ukraine. Mr Alder, his friend and fellow Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney and 296 other people were killed. John and Liam were going to the match, on their way to see Newcastle United play a pre-season friendly in New Zealand.

That’s fans for you. John Alder only ever applied for a passport because he needed to see Newcastle play overseas.

 

Soccer - Pre-season Friendly - Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle United - Hillsborough

 

Joyce Robbins, Mr Alder’s sister, is talking to George Caullkin in the Times :

“Those first few days were surreal. You’re suddenly reading and watching things at an intense rate, to try and glean as much information as possible and then you hear that they can’t even get on the crash site — it’s heartbreaking . . . You’re seeing this site and thinking: ‘My brother’s there.’ The inside of you is just screaming all the time.”

For four decades John Alder never missed a Newcastle United match. He ammassed a large collection of Newcastle United memorabilia. Joyce has graciously decided to offer the lot for auction, all proceeds going to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Football fans , eh, not the monsters the media would have us belive. Not a race riot waiting to happen. Not in need of control and moral lessons. Not all criminals-in-waiting.

 

(From the left) Newcastle United assistant manager John Carver, Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley and manager Alan Pardew, followed by club captain Fabricio Coloccini (right), as they arrive for the funeral of Flight MH17 victim Liam Sweeney at St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle. (From the left) Newcastle United assistant manager John Carver, Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley and manager Alan Pardew, followed

You have already read 1 premium article for free today
Access immediately the premium content with Multipass

Or come back tomorrow



Posted: 27th, October 2014 | In: Sports Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed: RSS 2.0 | TrackBack | Permalink