Hillsborough Remembered

JayCorrespondent IApril 13, 2009

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  A Liverpool fan pays his respects to those who died in the Hillsborough disaster prior to the during the Barclays Premier League match obetween Liverpool and Blackburn at Anfield on April 11, 2009 in Liverpool, England.  On April 15 it will be the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, the bells of Liverpools two cathedrals will ring 96 times in memory of the 96 fans who lost their lives. At 3:06pm, exactly 20 years since the match was abandoned Liverpools public transport will stop for 2 minutes. There will also be a memorial service on the Kop where 96 candles will be lit and a representative from each family will be awarded the freedom of the city.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

There have been many tragedies in football. Heysel 1985, Bradford 1985, Rangers 1971, even as recently as this past month in Africa. This Wednesday is the 20th anniversary of one of those tragedies.

On Apr. 15, 1989, the lives of 96 Liverpool fans were taken at Hillsborough, the home of Sheffield Wednesday, as we played Nottingham Forest in the semifinal of that year's FA Cup.

There are a whole generation of Liverpool fans who were either too young to remember or weren't even born when this event happened. On Sunday, the BBC broadcast an hour long show called Hillsborough Stories, presented by Kelly Cates (better known as Kelly Dalglish), the daughter of then-Liverpool manager and playing legend Kenny Dalgish. It featured the recollections of that day from people who were actually there.

This isn't an article shouting for justice, or to boycott The Sun, or to hang Kelvin MacKenzie. It is simply to remind those of us who were around then, and to introduce those who don't know of this tragedy, wherever they are in the world.

The show is available on the BBCi player, here.