Fan's Shirt Set to Raise Charity Cash

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), January 7, 2015 | Go to article overview

Fan's Shirt Set to Raise Charity Cash


Byline: Hugh MacKnight Reporter hugh.macknight@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE NEWCASTLE fan who wore a half-Newcastle half-Sunderland shirt to the Tyne Wear derby hopes it can inspire respect between supporters.

Steven Short, 59, was pictured on the Chronice front page when he donned the speciallymade top as a reaction to the father of Liam Sweeney's plea for peace between the two sets of supporters.

Liam, who would have celebrated his 29th birthday yesterday, was one of 283 passengers on stricken flight MH17, as he followed his beloved Newcastle to New Zealand. And Steven hopes his gesture can generate some good feeling between rival fans.

He said: "It was a mark of respect for John Alder and Liam Sweeney.

"It may stop all of the aggro between people.

"They can look on it as a gesture of goodwill and peace."

Steven admits wearing the colours of Sunderland on derby day in the Gallowgate End was a risk - and it nearly backfired.

He was jeered and booed by fans around him. The reaction was so strong he had to remove the shirt after the 17th minute, only to put it back on in the 33rd minute. …

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