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photoblog image April 15th 1989...

April 15th 1989...


... is a date that shall forever be enshrined in the annals of English football. Livewrpool FC was playing Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough in Sheffield.

There were many thousand of fans there trying to get in and a set of exit gates was opened to ease the path of the fans, the resulting crush in the ground was so great that they started climbing fences to get on the pitch and escape the crush. At 3.06 the game was stopped and people were trying to help those held in the crowd but there were many casualties. 96 people died, all Liverpool fans, and 766 others injured to a greater or lesser degree, with around 300 being taken to local hospitals.As the tragedy unfolded it was captured live on BBC television, who were showing the game om TV.

To this day there is still much debate about the cause of and resposibility for the disaster. It did change the way football grounds were designed though. it was after this that all seater stadia became the norm and the fences that lined the front of the stands removed.

he Hillsborough Memorial stands alongside the Shankly Gates at Anfield, and is always decorated with flowers and other tributes to the 96 fans listed above. At the centre of the memorial burns the eternal flame, signifying that they will never be forgotten.


A city divided by colours -
red and blue.
But when it matters
we stick together like glue.
For the 96 we showed dignity and pride
and shared prayers and tears,
together, side by side.

The Liverpool Saga 800 lines for 800 years, written by the people of Liverpool.


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April 15th 1989...


... is a date that shall forever be enshrined in the annals of English football. Livewrpool FC was playing Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough in Sheffield.

There were many thousand of fans there trying to get in and a set of exit gates was opened to ease the path of the fans, the resulting crush in the ground was so great that they started climbing fences to get on the pitch and escape the crush. At 3.06 the game was stopped and people were trying to help those held in the crowd but there were many casualties. 96 people died, all Liverpool fans, and 766 others injured to a greater or lesser degree, with around 300 being taken to local hospitals.As the tragedy unfolded it was captured live on BBC television, who were showing the game om TV.

To this day there is still much debate about the cause of and resposibility for the disaster. It did change the way football grounds were designed though. it was after this that all seater stadia became the norm and the fences that lined the front of the stands removed.

he Hillsborough Memorial stands alongside the Shankly Gates at Anfield, and is always decorated with flowers and other tributes to the 96 fans listed above. At the centre of the memorial burns the eternal flame, signifying that they will never be forgotten.


A city divided by colours -
red and blue.
But when it matters
we stick together like glue.
For the 96 we showed dignity and pride
and shared prayers and tears,
together, side by side.

The Liverpool Saga 800 lines for 800 years, written by the people of Liverpool.


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comments (5)

  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 11 Feb 2008, 01:21
Believe it or not, Les, I remember that tragic day! I forgot that so many lost their lives. Why do people have to die before certain safety measures are put into place, especially in this day and age!
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, I think the actuality of seeing it unfold on television made it a world wide event as well as a Liverpool tragedy.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Feb 2008, 11:40
A few years ago we had a similar issue at Ellispark (normally a rugby venue) when it housed a football epic. Apparently there were a lot of ticketholders outside and some official decided to open a gate ... A lot of reference was made to the Liverpool disaster which ran almost the same course. The script you have provided is almost exactly the same for the Ellispark disaster - except for the numbers.

I like the use of movement lines in your picture.
Les Auld: I did thik a bit of radial blur would give the picture more impact. Thanks for the comment Louis. Strange just how history can repeat itself.
Not a day any football fan will forget Les. The poem is a touching tribute next to this fine memorial.
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, the words are from the Liverpool Saga, I have sort of set myself a project to illustrate as much as possible of the saga with photographs I have taken. The complete work can be found on the BBC Liverpool web site, http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/content/articles/2007/05/18/capital_culture_liverpool_saga_feature.shtml
I well remeber this tragedy Les, nice to know that has not been forgotten by the fans.
Les Auld: It will never be forgotten Brian, thanks for the comment.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 11 Feb 2008, 23:58
I too remember it well...tragic day indeed.
Les Auld: Thanks Dave, it was a tragedy many people will never forget.

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