Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says his team will
aim to put on a show in memory of two fans killed in last
week's Malaysia Airlines crash.
The English club will wear black armbands in tonight's game
against Sydney FC in Dunedin in memory of John Alder and Liam
Sweeney, and there will be a minute's silence.
The pair were heading to New Zealand for the Football United
tour, which starts at Forsyth Barr Stadium, when MH17 went
down in Eastern Ukraine.
''I think it's important we represent ourselves in the right
manner, especially in light of losing John and Liam,'' Pardew
''We need to conduct ourselves well on the pitch and off the
pitch, and get some strong results. That's what they would
have wanted, and that's what we want.
''In memory of those guys, in particular, we want this tour
to be as successful as we can possibly make it.
''It's hurt the group. It's a tragic loss, an unbelievable
event. We feel for the families. Therefore, we want to try to
do our part.''
Pardew said he would also field a strong starting XI and
encourage his players to express themselves under the roof.
Pardew said Mr Alder, in particular, was a regular sight at
Newcastle United events and games.
He was such a devoted fan he had not missed a top game since
1973, and was included in a hall of fame for supporters.
''None of us would be sitting here without our fans. Owners,
managers and players come and go, but the fans are always
here,'' Pardew said.
''It puts what we do into context when lives are lost in this
Fans of Sunderland, Newcastle's fierce local rival, have
raised thousands of pounds for the families of the victims.
That was a fantastic gesture, Pardew said.
''There's a lot made of the rivalry between the two cities,
and of course that is there. But I'd like to thank all the
Sunderland fans who have paid tribute.
"They've already raised a staggering amount. I'm very proud
of Sunderland Football Club.''