Salut! Sunderland, or the collection of individuals who make it happen, is tonight thinking of all the victims of the despicable shooting-down of the Malaysian Airlines Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flight MH17 over Ukraine, and of the bereaved.
Since this a football site that predominantly concerns a North-eastern club, it is natural that our thoughts should go especially to the families of John Alder and Liam Sweeney, Newcastle United supporters who were on their way to watch their team in a pre-season tournament.
Pete Sixsmith posted this at our Facebook group’s pages:
There are 298 families in mourning for those who were so needlessly killed in the tragedy that has unfolded over Eastern Ukraine. Two of those families are from our region.
John Alder and Liam Sweeney were both travelling to New Zealand to watch Newcastle United in a pre season tournament. They did not get there.
The thoughts of this member of Salut!Sunderland are with John and Liam’s families.
I would not have chosen to put it differently. Jake, whose graphic imagery illustrates Salut! Sunderland, added this comment: “A tragedy for all concerned Pete … apparently the two lads were well known and well liked amongst the black and whites.”
And Aidan Kerridge, another of Sunderland’s supporters, 143 of whom had ticked their approval of Pete’s sentiments when last I checked, contributed his own tribute: “The North East has lost two sons yesterday in the most tragic of circumstances.”
It seemed right to record these expressions of sympathy at the site, and to echo them. RIP John and Liam.