Every year on the 15th of April, the football world comes together. The world game stops worldwide and remembers those who were lost on that day at Hillsborough in 1989. A day where 96 football fans followed their team to a match and never returned. Every year, on this day, rivalries are lost and all focus turns to remorse, in remembrance of the fans that never returned. In a day where football is so important, some things are more important than football.
So if you’re a player, family, a fan or anyone at all involved in this wonderful football club, remember the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough and most importantly remember, You’ll Never Walk Alone.
In April 1989, 96 people went to watch a football match and never came home. They went there to see their beloved Liverpool – and, today, a quarter of a century later, before one of the club’s biggest games ever, those fans were honored beautifully.
Afterward, led by their captain, Steven Gerrard – the paragon of loyalty in a sporting era that often rewards money-grabbing and title hunger far more than fidelity to a cause – they won the game, 3-2, and set themselves up for their first league title since 1990.
When the game finished, Gerrard had tears in his eyes – and while some of those were no doubt down to a mixture of relief, exhaustion, and the thrill of victory – a lot of them were down to something more.
Gerrard’s cousin, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, died at the stadium in 1989 when he was only 10. While most of the time we can freely admit that sports are just sports – and the narratives we spin are irrationally inflated to feed our obsession with a game – sometimes they are something way more important than that.
Sometimes, sports say a lot about life and help us heal wounds that we once thought never could even begin to heal – and today was one of those times. #JFT96 [Posted by Zack]
A banner reading Truth and Justice is hung from Liverpool’s Saint George’s Hall and illuminated in red after today’s Hillsborough inquest verdict on April 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, concluded today on April 26, 2016 with a verdict of unlawful killing, after the initial verdicts were quashed. Relatives of Liverpool supporters who died in Britain’s worst sporting disaster gathered in the purpose-built court to hear the jury’s verdict in Warrington after a 25 year fight to overturn the accidental death verdicts handed down at the initial 1991 inquiry.
“On behalf of the Government and the country, I am profoundly sorry that this double injustice has been left for so long … Today’s report is black and white. The Liverpool fans were in no way responsible.”
“On behalf of the Government and the country, I am profoundly sorry that this double injustice has been left for so long … Today’s report is black and white. The Liverpool fans were in no way responsible.” - David Cameron
Young mascots wearing Liverpool and Everton football kits stand as players and supporters pay tribute to 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy ahead of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park
“We have the undeniable truth. The truth that many innocent people could and should have been saved. A truth that unequivocally confirms that Liverpool fans were not the cause of the disaster. It is not about retribution it is about responsibility. Today we have made history but now we must change history”