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Tragic Toon fans could get permanent memorial

MEMORIAL ... to Newcastle United fans John Alder, left, and Liam Sweeney, who died on flight MH17.

MEMORIAL ... to Newcastle United fans John Alder, left, and Liam Sweeney, who died on flight MH17.

GENEROUS donations could see a permanent memorial created to two football fans killed when Flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine.

Newcastle United supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney died earlier this month after the plane they were travelling on was allegedly targeted by pro-Russian forces.

The pair were going to see their team play two pre-season friendly games in New Zealand.

Following their deaths, Sunderland fan Gary Ferguson, of South Shields, launched an online appeal for a floral tribute for the pair, and it quickly went on – thanks to donations from fellow Black Cats followers and supporters of other clubs – to raise more than £32,000. That money will go towards charities chosen by relatives of the tragic Newcastle fans.

Sunderland fan and memorabilia collector Michael Ganley also launched a charity auction of SAFC and NUFC pieces to raise cash to help pay for a plaque at St James’s Park in memory of John, 63, and Liam, 28.

A total of £700 has been raised by the sale, which included NUFC shirts and programmes signed by Magpies players.

Michael said: “Thanks to the two winners of the shirts. They obviously care a lot.

“Hopefully, the club will allow us to create a plaque dedicated to fans who never came home.”

 

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