Like every other decent Newcastle United supporter every one of us at true faith was Memory1shocked 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 Liam at all (or John beyond nodding to be honest) but it seems he was cut from the same Black & White cloth as his match-going mate.

May I thank the club for responding so sensitively to this appalling tragedy.

We don’t have any words for the friends and families of John and Liam but on behalf of all of us here at true faith … and I’m sure our readers too, may we pass on our sincerest condolences at this terrible time.

Rest In Peace.