If you’ve spent any time on social media over the last week or so, there’s a good chance that you’ll have seen the pleas for Palace and Newcastle fans to honour the passing of 36-year-old Eagles supporter Simon Tweedie who tragically passed away during our game at home to Burnley a few weeks ago.
— Hong Kong Harv (@HarveyGilbert) February 4, 2018
Thankfully, both sets of supporters readily clapped in appreciation inside the stadium itself but as you can see from the video attached just above, a group of Palace fans watching the game in Hong Kong gave their own tribute to Simon in truly touching fashion.
Whilst rivalries are as bitter as ever in the modern game, you can almost always rely on supporters of other clubs to come together when a fan loses their life in tragic circumstances, with Newcastle’s travelling support showing their class yesterday afternoon. Yes, people pass away every day but given Simon’s deep-rooted love for his club and circumstances surrounding his passing, it felt only right to ensure that he was given a proper send-off by the Palace faithful on Sunday.
I won’t pretend to know any of Simon’s family or friends personally but I was humbled to be asked by them to spread the word about the planned minute of applause last week. Although I can’t possibly begin to understand the emotions they’ve experienced in the time since his passing, it feels great to know that our fan-base bound together and made their request a reality against Rafa Benitez’s men.
Given the size of HLTCO these days I’m often asked to draw supporters’ attention to different causes and whilst I am selective over what I do and don’t throw my weight behind, this particular scenario felt like the sort of thing I simply had to make a point of referencing.
Rest in peace Simon Tweedie.