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PostSubject: Hillsborough's victims remembered   Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:47 am

The Hillsborough stadium tragedy which shocked the sporting world is being remembered 20 years on.

The
FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest should have
been one of the highlights of the 1988-89 season, but it turned into
one of the darkest days in English football history.

On April 15, 1989, 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death on an overcrowded terrace at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium.

The game was stopped after just six minutes as desperate fans began climbing over safety fences, trying to escape the crush.

As
the full extent of events was realised, the game was abandoned and the
pitch became littered with the dead and injured. Police and medics
tried to revive many victims, while others were taken away on makeshift
stretchers made from broken advertising boards.

An official report into the disaster blamed senior police officers for not properly controlling the crowd.

Thousands
of people are expected to attend a memorial service on the Kop at
Anfield where a representative of each victim's family will be awarded
the Freedom of Liverpool.

The commemoration
will include a two-minute silence at 3.06pm and conclude with the
singing of Liverpool's anthem, You'll Never Walk Alone.

The
bells of Liverpool's two cathedrals and its civic buildings will ring
out 96 times in memory of each of the fans and the city's public
transport will also come to a stop for two minutes at 3.06pm, exactly
20 years since the disaster.

Ninety-six candles will be lit to remember each individual life that was lost.

Liverpool's
Lord Mayor, Steve Rotheram, said: "Hillsborough affected so many lives,
not just on Merseyside but across the whole of the UK. I attended the
match 20 years ago and the passing years do not diminish the importance
and the poignancy of this occasion."

Players past and present have insisted those lost will never be forgotten.

For one current player the occasion will be particularly poignant.

One
of those who died in the disaster was Jon-Paul Gilhooley, cousin of
Liverpool midfielder and England international Steven Gerrard.

"It
was a difficult time to know that one of your cousins was at that game
and had been crushed. Seeing his mum and his dad and his close family,
the reaction on their faces helped to drive me on to become the player
I am today," said Gerrard.

Gordon Brown has
spoken of the memory etched in his mind of "heroic" Liverpool FC fans
helping to save lives in the Hillsborough disaster.

He said: "People will never forget that day; it's etched on our memories.

"I
remember how the Liverpool fans helped each other, coming to the aid of
people who were in difficulty and trying to rescue fellow fans - both
young and old.

"I don't think we can ever forget the 96 people who died."

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PostSubject: Re: Hillsborough's victims remembered   Fri May 08, 2009 10:57 am

i lost my cousin at hillsborough that day

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