Pardew: Newcastle Utd honour memory of fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney in New Zealand

ON TOUR: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew. Picture by FRANK REID

ON TOUR: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew. Picture by FRANK REID

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ALAN Pardew felt Newcastle United honoured the memory of fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney in New Zealand.

There were tributes to the pair – who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last week – before and during yesterday’s 4-0 friendly win against Sydney FC.

Pardew and captain Fabricio Coloccini laid wreaths before the match on the seats the supporters would have taken, while black armbands were worn.

The teams also observed a minute’s silence before kick-off, and applause rang out in the 28th and 63rd minutes of the game, to mark the age of the two fans.

Pardew was happy with how the occasion was dealt with as Newcastle honoured two “special” fans who had been en route to watch them in New Zealand.

“I was very pleased,” said Pardew.

“We started with a very strong side, particularly in memory of John and Liam – I thought that was only right.

“It was important that we paid our respects. John and Liam were not just ordinary fans – they were a little bit special in their support of us.

“They were coming out here to watch us, all the way to New Zealand, and we had to make sure that their memory was in this stadium.

“We got off to the perfect start, were gifted a goal, and from then on we were in total control.

“It was a good night on the pitch and one where we can be proud of how we conducted ourselves off it too.”

Siem de Jong took his pre-season goal tally to two while Emmanuel Riviere and Adam Armstrong also found the net.