NEWCASTLE United manager Alan Pardew has descibed the two fans who died on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as “two of our greats”.
The Magpies’ boss, skipper Fabricio Coloccini, assistant manager John Carver and managing director Lee Charnley were among ther mourners yesterday at the funeral of ‘superfan’ Liam Sweeney.
The 28-year-old from Killingworth was on his way to New Zealand to watch the Magpies in pre-season action with fellow supporter John Alder, 63, from Gateshead, when the plane crashed.
Liam’s funeral service was held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle, and Pardew said it was only right that the club was represented.
“It was important for the city, really, that we honoured the memory of Liam, and it was done in a fabulous way, in my opinion. I thought it was a great service.
“We were there to pay our tribute to what was an absolute mad Geordie fan.
“It’s such a shame that we have lost two of our greats, but I thought it was done in a very nice manner and respect to everyone who was there,
“I just think we tried to be there as much as we can as support for them (the family). We have done a number of issues at the club that the family has appreciated, and that’s all we can do.
“It’s a small measure for the loss that they have.”