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Bob Moncur meets NUFC fans and lays wreath

Bob Moncur has been speaking to Newcastle United fans in New Zealand. He lay a wreath in memory of John Alder and Liam Sweeney,

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Nice touch from colo pards and bob moncur laying reefs on john and liams seats,rip lads always in our hearts..

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#NUFC ambassador Bob Moncur has been meeting fans ahead of today's fixture with @sydneyfc in New Zealand. http://t.co/oIukjmhM7X

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Sir John Hall speaks to the family of Liam Sweeney at St James' Park memorial event

Sir John Hall with Liam Sweeney's family
Sir John Hall with Liam Sweeney's family Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Life president and former chairman of Newcastle United Sir John Hall speaks to the family of Liam Sweeney at St James Park.

A memorial event has taken place for Liam and John Alder - two fans killed when travelling to New Zealand to watch their beloved NUFC - at St James' Park.

A minute-long applause has taken place in their honour.

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Sunderland fans raise more than £20,000

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The total raised by Sunderland fans has risen to more than £24,000.

The founder of the page set it up in order to raise £200 for a floral tribute from Sunderland fans but the figure has risen to a five-figure sum over the last few days.

John Alder and Liam Sweeney were going to watch their team play in a pre-season tour of New Zealand. They were on board the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine.

"We may be Sunderland fans, who traditionally have deep rivalry with Newcastle, but there are things far more important than any football games."

– Sunderland fans' Go Fund Me page

Lady Elsie thanks fans for NUFC donations

Lady Elsie Robson has thanked fans who have raised money in memory of Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder. They were tragically killed on flight MH17, en route to watch their team play in a pre-season tour of New Zealand.

Sunderland fan Gary Ferguson began a collection to raise £100 for floral tributes but has raised more than £22,000.

The additional money will be given to two charities - the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

“Like everyone, I was shocked and upset when I heard about flight MH17 and the awful loss of life.

“I can’t begin to understand what John and Liam’s family and friends are going through. It’s so hard to comprehend something as terrible as this.

“You often see the best of people in the worst of times and that’s certainly true of the Sunderland fans who organised this collection in tribute to John and Liam. They, and everyone who has donated to it, are a credit to football and to the North East.

“It’s a very thoughtful way to pay tribute to two men who obviously loved the game so much.”

– Lady Elsie Robson
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