VIDEO Newcastle United in New Zealand

Newcastle have released a video ahead of their tour down under.

In the video there are interviews with Alan Pardew, Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Steven Taylor and Neil McDonald.

Newcastle will travel New Zealand where they will play in Dunedin and Wellington against Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix as part of the Football United tour.

Tragically, two of the people killed on flight MH17, which was downed on Thursday evening, were Newcastle fans travelling to New Zealand to watch the games between the Magpies, Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix. Newcastle are expected to wear black armbands in honour of John Alder and Liam Sweeney who were known around the club due to their dedication.

Lee Charnley, Newcastle United’s Managing Director, said of the tragic loss

“The loss of John and Liam is truly devastating news.

“Both men were dedicated supporters of our Club and were known to thousands of fans and staff alike.

“On behalf of everyone at Newcastle United we send our deepest condolences to John and Liam’s families and friends.

“The Club will be dedicating an area surrounding the Sir Bobby Robson statue for fans to pay their respects to John and Liam.

“The manager and players will also be wearing black armbands for both their games against Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix in the Football United Tour of New Zealand.

“Arrangements will be made to pay tribute to the two men at the Club’s first Premier League game against Manchester City on Sunday, 17th August. Further information regarding this will be announced in due course.”

Alan Pardew added on a statement on the official Newcastle website

“Myself and all the players are deeply shocked and saddened by this terrible news.

“We all knew how passionately John and Liam supported the team and the Club.

“They were with us just earlier this week for our first pre-season friendly against Oldham and their dedication to travel all the way around the world to support us in New Zealand tells you all you need to know about the passion they had for Newcastle United.

“Our hearts go out to their families and friends.”

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