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Sunderland fans donate thousands towards tribute for Newcastle supporters killed in plane crash

Flowers and football shirts around the Sir Bobby Robson statue outside Newcastle football ground after two fans died on board flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 18, 2014. John Alder, in his 60s, and Liam Sweeney, 28, were travelling to New Zealand to watch their team play in a pre-season tour. A memorial site has been setup at the ground and players will wear black armbands for both their games in New Zealand. See PA story AIR Malaysian Fans. Photo credit should read: Tom White/PA Wire

Flowers and football shirts around the Sir Bobby Robson statue outside Newcastle football ground after two fans died on board flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 18, 2014. John Alder, in his 60s, and Liam Sweeney, 28, were travelling to New Zealand to watch their team play in a pre-season tour. A memorial site has been setup at the ground and players will wear black armbands for both their games in New Zealand. See PA story AIR Malaysian Fans. Photo credit should read: Tom White/PA Wire

SUNDERLAND fans have raised thousands of pounds in memory of the two Newcastle United fans killed in the Ukrainian air crash.

Many supporters have spoken of their sadness at the deaths of Magpies fans John Alder, 68, and Liam Sweeney, 23, who were killed along with hundreds of other passengers on Thursday.

Both men were on the flight to go and watch their side play in a pre-season tour in New Zealand.

Despite the intense rivalry that exists between both clubs on the Tyne-Wear divide, the bitterness has been shelved after Black Cats fans donated in their thousands towards a floral tribute to the pair.

And the total has already to rocketed to more than £8,000, with some of the cash now set to go towards worthy charities.

The appeal site said: “We may be Sunderland fans, who traditionally have deep rivalry with Newcastle, but there are things far more important than any football games.

“The incredibly sad news that has emerged this week about two Newcastle fans who have passed has left us all shocked and deeply saddened.

“Donating here will help pay for a floral tribute to those fans and to unity between the two clubs.

“Any extra money will be donated to a charity that has yet to be decided.

“Thank you for your time, effort and donations.

“RIP to John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who were both far too young.”

In turn, Newcastle fans have spoken of their gratitude that SAFC supporters have handed over money towards the appeal.

To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/brx6wk

 

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