With the findings of the Hillsborough inquests yesterday (Tuesday 26th April, JUSTICE DAY), there is an added poignancy to this post about the 27th Anniversary Hillsborough Memorial Service (the last to be conducted at Anfield*).

Saturday 15th April, 1989 is a date that always be remembered, for all the wrong reasons.

It was a day when 24000 Liverpool FC supporters made the trip across the Pennines, to Sheffield, to watch our boys play an FA Cup semi-final match against Notts Forest.

Potentially, we were 90 minutes away from a 3rd Wembley FA Cup Final in four seasons. Also, we were standing on the brink of a second ‘double’ in the same period.

But, what happened that day would see ninety-six members of our family not return home.

I remember watching the horror unfold, the ‘iconic’ (for want of a better word) pictures that would stay forever etched into our minds. I also remember the start of the LIES. John Motson, who was reporting from Hillsborough that day, who had been informed by the police (SYMM) about LFC supporters rushing and breaking open an emergency gate, in order to get into the ground, going on about the ‘large number of ticketless fans’.

This was a lie that would be repeated so many times, and for so long that many accepted it as the truth, when in fact it was anything but.

NINETY-SIX. And many more injured.

Ever since, on the anniversary of the worst tragedy in British sporting history, a memorial service would take place at Anfield, to remember.

I’ll admit that I only started going to the services at the 20th Anniversary, but I’ve been every year since.

And I was ‘fortunate’ to be there for the 27th anniversary.

I’m sorry if I’ve gone on. Here are the pictures.

On the train to Liverpool

On the train to Liverpool

A bouquet fit for the occasion

A bouquet fit for the occasion

A few words

A few words

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The temporary memorial

The temporary memorial

Fans from all over the world, united in their respect

Fans from all over the world, united in their respect

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The Service programme

The Service programme

Graeme Sharp makes his speech

Graeme Sharp makes his speech

Then King Kenny makes his poignant eulogy

Then King Kenny makes his poignant eulogy

Trevor Hicks, father of Sarah and Victoria, who both tragically lost their lives at Hillsborough

Trevor Hicks, father of Sarah and Victoria, who both tragically lost their lives at Hillsborough

Joined by 'our Meg', the amazing and inspirational (although she'd probably clip you round the ear for saying it!) Margaret Aspinall, whos' son James was also one of those taken at Hillsborough

Joined by ‘our Meg’, the amazing and inspirational (although she’d probably clip you round the ear for saying it!) Margaret Aspinall, whos’ son James was also one of those taken at Hillsborough

Getting ready to release the 96 white doves

Getting ready to release the 96 white doves

There they go

There they go

Taking our love to the skies

Taking our love to the skies

I was on my way back round to the memorial when I bumped into 'GOD'. Robbie Fowler himself

I was on my way back round to the memorial when I bumped into ‘GOD’. Robbie Fowler himself

Pictures of a few of the victims

Pictures of a few of the victims

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Such poignant tributes

Such poignant tributes

As I was about to set off, I managed to bump into King Kenny. Hillsborough has taken so much out of him, yet he stands strong by the families, as he has since that terrible day

As I was about to set off, I managed to bump into King Kenny. Hillsborough has taken so much out of him, yet he stands strong by the families, as he has since that terrible day

Says it all really.

Says it all really.

One last look, with the flags at half-mast

One last look, with the flags at half-mast

So, an (always) emotional day reached it’s finale.

Now, it was the wait for the jury at the inquests to deliver their verdicts. No-one knew when, but we all hoped that it would be soon.

Little did we know that less than two weeks later, those verdicts would announced, and 27 years of injustice would be brought to a unanimous end.

My next post will be a special Hillsborough one, which will hopefully pay proper tribute and respect to those who lost their lives, who gave their lives, and who survived, yet will be forever scarred by the events of April 15th 1989.

In ever loving memory. YNWA. Always. J4T96-GBNF.x

 

 

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Jamie (admin)
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Great & moving post. I didn’t make it this year so thanks for sharing the pics.

It’s been quite an emotional week as a red, it’s always very moving to witness the support of such great people, especially our very own muso

lanoisseforp
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Heart felt post and photos Muso… all those photos above there tell us 96,000 words.

J4T96, GBNF, YNWA.

warrior18
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Great post and pics muso and you bagged god and king kenny along with the verdicts, it simply dosen’t get any better.
Sorry i couldn’t join ye mate but will see ye next season for a game or two 😀 😀 😀

RedUncle
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For so many years it seemed like the families and survivors were getting nowhere with their struggle and then like a switch being flicked so much has happened in recent years it’s almost too much to absorb emotionally. I read as much as I can of any information that is released but it astounds me how even now facts are coming to light that had not previously been reported. Hopefully now we’ve reached the top of the hill and we’re on the easier downward slope. JFT96 YNWA

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