Remembering Sir Bobby

Remembering Sir Bobby

It's five years since the death of Sir Bobby Robson. Since then the cancer charity he established has raised more than £7million.

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Newcastle United memorial for fans killed on MH17

Families joined by Rev Canon Glyn Evans
The families of John and Liam were joined by Rev Canon Glyn Evans

Newcastle United Football Club has unveiled a permanent memorial to supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who were among the 298 passengers killed when the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine.

The Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden, which has been constructed in front of the main Milburn Stand at St. James’ Park, will stand as a lasting tribute to John, Liam and all Newcastle United supporters who have sadly passed away.

Club officials including former captain Bob Moncur were joined by the families of John and Liam for a private ceremony with a blessing of the memorial garden made by Newcastle United’s club chaplain, Rev Canon Glyn Evans.

Barry Sweeney blesses the garden
Barry Sweeney, father of Liam, blesses the garden
Bob Moncur joined the families
Bob Moncur joined the families

John and Liam were on their way to watch the team’s pre-season fixtures in New Zealand when they lost their lives.

The two, who were well known to many of the club’s staff, players and supporters, were remembered at Newcastle United’s first home fixture of the 2014/15 season against Manchester City, with wreathes laid by their families, captains Fabricio Coloccini and Vincent Kompany and representatives of Sunderland AFC prior to a minute’s silence.

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Families of John and Liam gave readings at the memorial
Families of John and Liam gave readings at the memorial

As well as forming a focal point for remembrance, families and friends of supporters who have passed away will also be able to lay flowers and spread ashes at the Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden.

Pardew claims Colback's move to Newcastle helped secure England call-up

Colback has impressed since joining Newcastle
Colback has impressed since joining Newcastle Credit: PA

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said he is convinced Jack Colback's move from Sunderland to Newcastle was a key factor in his first England call-up.

The 24-year-old midfielder was a surprise inclusion in Roy Hodgson's squad for next month's friendly against Norway and the Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland just weeks after leaving Sunderland, where he had been since the age of 10.

Pardew believes the way Colback has negotiated his controversial switch from Wearside to Tyneside will not have gone unnoticed at Soho Square.

The 53-year-old said: "It's great for north-east football, because he did a lot of this [to earn his] call-up at Sunderland."

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Ex-footballer aims to raise £1m with Premier League stadium run

by Phil Roscoe

Former Southampton defender Francis Benali is hoping to raise more than one million pounds for charity by running between every Premier League ground.

The 45-year-old started his 1,000-mile journey from St James' Park in Newcastle this morning. He's due to finish the run at St Mary's Stadium, in Southampton on September 13.

Benali completes first leg of charity run

Former Southampton footballer Francis Benali has completed the first leg of his 1,000-mile journey to every Premier League ground.

The 45-year-old began 'Benali's Big Run' at St James' Park in Newcastle, before making his way to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. He arrived on Wearside at around 10:45am.

Benali is now expected to arrive at the KC Stadium in Hull on Tuesday.

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The moment Benali's Big Run started

This is the moment former Southampton defender Francis Benali started his 'Big Run' between every Premier League ground.

The 45-year-old will take around three weeks to complete the challenge and is aiming to raise more than £1 million for cancer research.

Benali was waved off by Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer at St James' Park.

Shearer offers his support to Benali's Big Run

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has backed Francis Benali to complete his 1,000-mile run to every Premier League ground.

Shearer was at St James' Park in Newcastle this morning to support his former Southampton teammate.

Benali is hoping to raise around £1 million for cancer research from his three-week challenge.

Benali starts his 1,000-mile charity run

Former Southampton defender Francis Benali has set off on his charity run between every Premier League ground.

The 45-year-old will spend the next three weeks completing the 1,000-mile challenge, with the aim of raising around £1 million for cancer research.

Benali spoke with ITV News before setting off from St James' Park in Newcastle this morning.

Benali's Big Run in pictures

Former Southampton defender Francis Benali has set off on his 1,000-mile charity run to every Premier League ground.

The 45-year-old left St James' Park in Newcastle this morning. Alan Shearer was among the group of people that saw him off.

Francis Benali
Crowds gather to support Francis Benali at St James' Park Credit: ITV
Francis Benali
Alan Shearer was at St James' Park to offer his support to Benali Credit: ITV
Francis Benali
Francis Benali will visit every Premier League ground in the next three weeks Credit: ITV
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