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Tragedy Strikes

24,000 Liverpool fans travelled to Hillsborough (Sheffield) in anticipation of winning what promised to be a fantastic football match.

Hundreds of fans were injured.

96 fans did not return home.

 

FA Cup Semi-Final

Liverpool

v

Nottingham Forest

 

Kick-off was at 3p.m. but, after only six minutes, the referee stopped the game. Overcrowding at the Leppings Lane End had become crushing for the many Liverpool fans who were watching the game penned in by the security barriers.

But what was initially treated as a crowd problem soon turned into tragedy; a tragedy that should never, ever have been allowed to happen.

96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death.

Listen to goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar who was the nearest player to the Leppings Lane End (BBC News 26 April 2016):

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Nobody took any responsibility for this disaster; the Liverpool Supporters were blamed even though their friends and loved ones lay dead or injured around them.

There must have been an explanation surely? But as the years passed by, grieving relatives and friends wanted the truth; they left no stone unturned in order to find it.

On Wednesday 12 September 2012, the Hillsborough Independent Panel issued their report. They found that South Yorkshire Police and the emergency services made "strenuous attempts" to deflect the blame for the crush onto victims.

You can download the full report here.

This report has been downloaded times.

It was then that the realisation of the unthinkable really had happened. Facts had been concealed and lies had been told. It was an enormous cover-up.

It had taken 27 years to find the truth.

On 26 April 2016 the jury, after the Hillsborough inquests, concluded that the 96 fans had been unlawfully killed.

The behaviour of Liverpool fans was exonerated.

Now justice prevails. Families, loved ones and the whole of the City of Liverpool have their answers.

The criminal justice system has taken over now.

For this is Liverpool.

This is Anfield

and

You'll Never Walk Alone.

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Documenting eyewitness accounts from before, during and after the disaster, with statements from the bereaved families, experts in their field and fans of other clubs, The Hillsborough Disaster is the story of those who were there, and the families left behind in Liverpool who watched with a sense of helplessness as the story unfolded live to the nation on BBC’s Grandstand.

This is the story of those whose lives changed forever on Saturday 15 April 1989.

Also in memory of 'Lucky, Sherry, Bigsy & Simba'

Copyright © Norma Kearton 2000 - 2017