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.
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
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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