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My wife held the phone out the window... Her Liverpool-fan brother had hoped to see the match taking place literally at the bottom of our road, just 400m from our door of our new home in Sheffield. However, the closest John got this time was absorbing the sound of the atmosphere of fans passing our house towards Leppings Lane over the phone. This was 15 April 1989. The occasion: the Liverpool vs. Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final taking place in Sheffield Wednesday's home-ground - Hillsborough. Before the day was out, Hillsborough's name would forever become linked with the events beginning to unfold. These are some of my personal reminiscences of the following hours, never previously recorded - sorry for the long, and rather over-personal post. We were not around during the actual start of the match, as we had visitors with us for the day. We had moved just three weeks before to the parish of Wadsley, on the north-west edge of Sheffield, where I was the new curate. We had gone out