Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

To Adopted Geordie Supporters' Tributes to Adopted Geordie

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

To Adopted Geordie Supporters' Tributes to Adopted Geordie

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE plight of Pavel Srnicek following his heart attack just over a week ago to his death has touched the hearts of Geordies.

The football community rallied round in support of the stricken ex-Toon goalie when it was announced he had collapsed while out jogging in the Czech Republic, his home country, on December 20.

Fans and players had prayed for signs of improvement in the popular 47-year-old as he lay in an induced coma in hospital.

But his critical condition remained unchanged, and when a brain scan yesterday showed there was irreversible damage, a decision was made to switch off his life support.

The news comes as a huge blow to his Tyneside fans who had been taking to social media in droves - joined by local figures, such as Gateshead MP Ian Mearns, as well as players past and present - to send their best wishes to the man they saw as an adopted Geordie.

Yesterday fans spoke of their shock and paid their respects on social media to Srnicek who, just days before his collapse, had paid a visit to The Journal offices to chat to sports staff, during a whistle-stop trip back to the region he loved for the launch of his autobiography.

As his English agent, and friend, Steve Wraith broke the news of the "great man's" death to his Twitter followers, he recalled the football club's memorable Entertainers days.

He said Pavel had been very proud of his autobiography and added: "My final conversation with him was about getting the Entertainers team back together one more time for charity next year as it will be 20 years since that the Newcastle team almost won the Premier League.

"We will make that happen and celebrate this great man's life together. United. Fans and players alike."

Fans responded with their own memories. …

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