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