Rivalries are put aside to raise cash for Arthur.
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THE family of a Sunderland grandad killed on his way to watch a football match have thanked a group of North East fans who are raising cash in his memory.
Manchester United fan Arthur Eade, 68, was walking towards Old Trafford with his son and grandson to watch the Red Devils take on hometown club Sunderland when he was hit by a car.
Kind-hearted fans supporting clubs from across the North East came together to raise money to buy flowers for Mr Eade's funeral.
And heartbroken son Gordon has thanked the supporters behind North East Football Now, who set up the fundraising site.
He said: "It's a lovely gesture, really nice, It's important to put aside the rivalries in football at times like this.
"My mum, Undine, is over the moon with it and we are all really touched. Dad loved the football, that was his passion.
"He went to the game as often as he could, either with me, his grandson or my mum.
"Dad was a lovely man and didn't have a bad word to say about anyone.
"He was full of one-liners and was loved by everyone."
Keen football fan Arthur used to take pride in watching grandson Kieran, 15, play football, even going to watch him train.
And he used to play the game himself, both while in the army and while working on the buses.
Stuart White is one of the moderators behind website North East Football Now.
So far it has attracted PS270 - including PS5 from young fan Kaillum Mcdermont who said: "R.i.p from kaillum mcdermont Aged 10 Sorry it's not a lot xx."
Barry Sweeney, whose son Liam died in the MH17 air disaster, also donated PS10 after welcoming the improved relations between North East football fans.
Stuart said: "We we set up the page to bring fans together.
"No one should die going to watch a football match.
"He is a North East lad so it does not matter who he supports, we look after our own.
"The flowers are in the shape of a football with colours on representing football clubs from all over the North East as well as Manchester United."
To donate towards the fund, visit gofundme.com and search 'Arthur Eade'.
He is a North East lad so it does not matter who he supports, we look after our ownStuart White
Arthur Eade from Sunderland who died while on his way to Old Trafford, pictured with wife Undine and <Bgrandson Kieran