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.
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