15 April 1989 was supposed to be a great day. Two of the best teams in the country collided in the semi-final of the FA Cup. The venue was Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield. Liverpool – Nottingham Forrest, fighting for a spot at Wembley; the match didn’t happen. At 15:06, after bad management of the crowd by the Yorkshire police and opening the gates too late, the disaster happened. 94 people died on this day. A few days later in a hospital, the final victim died in 1993 after being in a vegetative state and had never regained consciousness.
This is probably the longest police inquiry in the history of football. In the following days, police fed the press with false accusations that hooliganism and drunkenness by Liverpool fans caused the disaster. It took years, and years, and so much effort from the families of the affected and from the Liverpool football club to lift the guilt off the fans.
After 27 long years of court battles, the court finally said that 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed. Police and ambulances grossly negligently failed to fulfill their duty of care. The inquests also found that the design of the stadium contributed to the crush and that supporters were not to blame for the dangerous conditions.
The power of the people is much stronger than the people in power
Hillsborough disaster proved that the power of the people is much stronger than the people in power!” The “Sun” newspaper was banned all across Merseyside; it’s still forbidden there. Margaret Thatcher a politician who loved all accross England deemed a witch in Liverpool. Liverpudlians welcomed the news about her death in 2013 with songs, flairs, and parties.
And although people no longer hold Hillsborough memorials around Anfield (they stopped them after the fans were found innocent), the 96 will live forever in the heart of everyone connected to Liverpool by whatever means possible. And whenever there is a game at Anfield on the 15th of April there are always 96 seats reserved at the top with 96 angels watch the team from above.
96 people went to a football game and never came back. Lest we forget!