THE TOON Army were asked for their help in catching a killer ahead of Newcastle's home match against Reading.
Police believe the key to the murder of John Roberts - aka John the Badge - may lie with the NUFC fans who knew him best.
Officers were in Newcastle city centre and outside St James's Park on Saturday, handing out leaflets with John's face on and asking those on their way to the match what they might know about his final hours.
This evening cops will retrace his journey between the Kandola store on Hazel Road, Gateshead - the last place he was seen alive - and his home on Park Terrace, trying to glean information from his neighbours.
Roberts, who was 32 when he died, earned the nickname "the Badge" from his part-time job selling pins and football memorabilia outside the Tyneside Irish Centre on match days.
Northumbria Police Detective Superintendent Roger Ford, speaking outside St James's Park yesterday, said: "I genuinely believe that the answer to this lies with the fans and the Gateshead community where he lived."
Anyone with information on the crime should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.