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MH17 charity song to be played at NUFC match

Memorials to Liam Sweeney and John Alder. Credit: ITV News

A charity single written in memory of two Newcastle United fans who were killed when flight MH17 came down over Ukraine will be played at the Magpies first match of the season.

John Alder and Liam Sweeney were on their way to watch their team in New Zealand last July when they died.

'United We Stand' will be played at half time in today's fixture against Southampton, with the blessing of both families.

Last season, the club put a prompt on the big screens in the 17th minute to encourage supporters to applaud the two loyal fans.

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My family and I are very grateful to Newcastle United and the Club's supporters for all they have done in John and Liam's memory.

The applause on 17 minutes home and away has been one of many wonderful gestures, as is the song which will be played on Sunday.

Newcastle United was undoubtedly John's passion but he was also an extremely private man.

I'm sure he would be very happy to know that fans will be concentrating on supporting the team he loved so dearly and we wish everyone the best of luck for the new season.

– Joyce Robbins, sister of John Alder

Newcastle United have been magnificent and I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone at the Club.

It's an honour for the song to be played at the stadium where John and Liam both sat and watched the team.

It will be a proud moment to hear it played.

– Barry Sweeney, father of Liam Sweeney

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Campaign for the 'living wage' for NUFC employees

'End Foul Pay' campaigners collecting signatures in Newcastle. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Campaigners collected signatures in Newcastle to put pressure on Newcastle United bosses to pay the living wage to all employees.

The club, along with all other Premier League clubs, have committed to paying the living wage - currently £7.85 outside London - from next season.

But the campaign, 'End Foul Pay' want that pledge to start this season.

On the first day of the new Premier League football season, they handed out leaflets before taking a giant yellow card filled with signatures to St James' Park.

The giant yellow card was then taken to St James' Park. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

There's more money in football than ever yet for so many people who make match day happen, their wages just don't pay the bills. It's not just GMB that's wants to see clubs pay a fair wage, the vast majority of public agree.

If clubs can afford to pay daft money to players on the pitch then the very least the rest of those grafting for the clubs should expect is to take home a decent pay packet.

– Tim Roache, founder, End Foul Play

Newcastle United were unavailable for comment.

Shearer predicts 'mid table' finish for NUFC

Former Newcastle number 9 Alan Shearer has tweeted that he predicts a mid table finish for the Black and Whites this season.

Replying to a fan who asked him how his old team would perform he said he hoped that they would challenge for a cup.

The new Premier League season gets underway this weekend with Newcastle taking on Southampton on Sunday.

McClaren says all of his signings will excite fans

McClaren said there were still decisions to be made about Sunday's team seleciton

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren is giving a press conference at St James Park.

Unsurprisingly, the club's new signings Gini Wijnaldum, Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic are on the agenda. When asked which would excite fans most, McClaren replied "all of them".

McClaren also discussed his team choices for the team's game against Southampton on Sunday.

ITV Tyne Tees' Phil Roscoe is providing updates from the conference.

WATCH: Mitrovic wants goals at Newcastle United

Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is aiming to score the goals to help brings success to the club.

The 20-year-old Serbia international joined the Magpies from Belgian side Anderlecht on a five-year deal for a fee of around £13 million this summer.

Mitrovic could make his Premier League debut when Newcastle host Southampton in their opening game of the new season on Sunday.

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Newcastle Utd signs Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba

Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba has been signed to Newcastle United Credit: PA

20-year-old Chancel Mbemba has become Newcastle United's third summer signing, after completing the switch from Anderlecht.The DR Congo international defender has agreed a five-year deal on Tyneside.

The club announced the signing after receiving a Governing Body Endoresment for the player at an FA hearing held earlier today. The player is now required to apply for his visa overseas before he is able to rejoin his new teammates in Newcastle next week.

"I'm very, very happy to be here. This is the biggest league in the world and I'm very proud to wear the shirt for this team and play in this league.

“I'm going to do everything I can to help make the supporters happy, to help out my team-mates and to bring something extra to the team.

"I know the team very well. I've watched the Premier League and I know this is a massive team with big players and with a great coach.

“I've come here to Newcastle United because it's a very good move in my career to play for such a famous club. I am excited for the season ahead."

– Chancel Mbemba

"We are delighted that Chancel is now a Newcastle United player after it took a little longer than we had hoped.

“He is a proven performer at the highest level, he’s powerful, combative and will add quality to our defence. He also has an eye for goal which is an extra asset for us.

"We'll get him integrated into the squad quickly once he's with us. Unfortunately due to the time it takes to process the visa application that won’t be in time for our final friendly on Saturday, but our focus will be to make sure he will be ready and available as soon as possible.

"I'm sure our supporters will take to him very quickly, he's the sort of player fans will enjoy watching."

– Steve McClaren

Born in Kinshasa, Mbemba played youth football for a number of local sides in his homeland before joining Belgian giants Anderlecht in 2011.

After rising through the ranks at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, he became a first-team regular and played a key role in Anderlecht being crowned Belgian Pro League champions in 2014, as well as lifting back-to-back Belgian Super Cups in 2013 and 2014.

He played in all six of Anderlecht’s group stage games in the Champions League last season, scoring both goals in their 2-0 home win over Galatasaray in November 2014.

Mitrovic 'very happy, proud and excited' to join NUFC

Newcastle United's newest signing, Aleksandar Mitrovic has said he is "very happy, proud and excited" to be joining the team.

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Speaking to nufcTV, Mitrovic said he grew up supporting the Magpies and loved pulling on the famous black and white striped shirt with his surname on the back.

I am also a fan of Newcastle, I follow Newcastle and I am very proud to be here.

For me, Newcastle is the best club to make progress, to play here with these amazing fans.

I have been to the stadium and it was amazing. The atmosphere looks amazing on the television and I cannot wait for my first game.

– Aleksandar Mitrovic speaking to nufcTV

Mitrovic is the fourth biggest transfer in the club's history after Michael Owen, Alan Shearer and fellow new joiner Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven.

Newcastle sign Serbian star Aleksandar Mitrovic

Newcastle have completed the signing of Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, subject to the player receiving a visa, the club have announced.

The 20-year-old is Steve McClaren's second summer signing. Credit: NUFC

Newcastle have reportedly paid £13 million for the 20-year-old Serbian international, who joins on a five-year deal.

The Magpies have said it is the fourth-biggest transfer in the club's history after Michael Owen, Alan Shearer and fellow new joiner Georginio Wijnaldum.

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