Hillsborough Remembered: Justice For The 96

Jamie HContributor IApril 15, 2010

21 years ago today 96 football fans went to a football match and never came home.

April 15th 1989 is a date that will forever live in the memory of Liverpool FC.

For those of you that don’t know, today is the 21st anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. The disaster was a tragic human crush which killed 96 people, at the home stadium of Sheffield Wednesday FC.

All of the deceased were fans of Liverpool FC, who died while watching their beloved reds play in the 1989 FA Cup Semi-Final. They only went to watch the match.

It was a day which caused so much anguish and despair, and united one city to remember their fellow scousers.

The pain is always there, the sadness never leaves. People have had to move on past the Hillsborough disaster and continue with their lives, but on this day, we do not try to forget what happened; we remember, we remember those 96 angels. Gone but never forgotten.

Tragedies are a horrible part of life. They come in many different forms, and people grieve in the different ways. Sometimes tragedies are just freak accidents which cannot be avoided, and sometimes victims look for someone to blame when there is no one. However, with this particular tragedy, there is someone to blame.

While emotionally watching the typically moving and poignant Hillsborough Memorial today, I heard Margaret Aspinall sum it all up in her fantastic speech.

We know why we're here. In 1989, 96 loved ones died, they didn't come home from a football match. Ever since, a blanket has been put over Hillsborough, and now, 21 years on, it is time that blanket was removed."

Margaret Aspinall’s son died at Hillsborough; she is just another family member of a victim, who is trying to make a difference. Margaret is not a public speaker, but her speech today came straight from the heart, it portrayed so much of the pain and sorrow that everyone felt in the Kop, and all around the city of Liverpool.   She has bravely lead a campaign for Justice, and as the chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, she is doing everything she can to ensure that Justice does finally come.  

That is all we ask for.

It’s clear that everyone is fighting for the same thing; Margaret Aspinall’s wise words were responded to by the Kop with passionate chants of “Justice for the 96”, which went on for several minutes.

Everyone involved with and affected by the tragedy knows that the victims cannot be brought back, and that life must go on without them, but no one can truly move on until the Justice is done.

I don’t want to turn this into an article about the events of Hillsborough; I could go on for hours about the mistakes by the many authorities and the subsequent cover-ups.

There are many people partly to blame for Hillsborough, and none of them are the football fans who died on that fateful day, despite what certain media sources want you to believe.

The Sun newspaper printed some disgusting accusations in the aftermath of the disaster; accusations I’m not going to repeat for they are so despicable.  The very sad thing is; many people believed these stories about the Liverpool fans, and there are some who still do believe that what the Sun said 21 years ago is true. If you are one of those people, I urge you to do your research; you’ll soon discover that the lies printed by McKenzie are just that – Lies.

Kelvin McKenzie is the lowest form of life; There is scum, then pond life, then well below that is Kelvin McKenzie. He was the editor of The Sun at the time of the disaster, and he saw an opportunity to sell papers with controversial, nonsensical headlines, and he didn’t care what affect his lies had on others.

He knew how the public perceived football fans, especially Liverpool fans, so they decided to prey on those perceptions by blaming us for the disaster, and much worse.

Despite the Sun’s best efforts, thankfully most people know now that those headlines were not true, and that Liverpool fans in fact behaved heroically at Hillsborough.

I am overwhelmed by many emotions when I think of the tragic day; sadness, pain, anger, grief and many more. But amongst all those emotions, there is one positive thing I feel when looking back at the horrific events; pride.  

I am proud of the way our fans acted at Hillsborough.

If you watch the haunting footage back you can see heroics everywhere; from fans ripping up advertising hoardings and using them as stretchers for the injured, to using a goal net as a rope ladder to help people escape.

Obviously I can’t look back on the tragedy with any positive feeling, but I still find pride in the fact that our fans showed so much strength and courage in such horrible circumstances, circumstances which no human-being should ever have to be in.

No one should ever have to go to a football match and hear their friends and family scream for help next to them as they die.  

Today marks the anniversary of the Hillsborough.

May 11th will mark the anniversary of the Bradford City Stadium fire.

May 29th will mark the anniversary of Heysel. It was not a proud day for Liverpool FC, but it was another tragic event at a football match.

No one should go to a football match, and never come home.

I’ll leave you with another quote form Margaret Aspinall.

“We are the eyes, ears and voice of the 96”

John Alfred Anderson (62)
Colin Mark Ashcroft (19)
James Gary Aspinall (18)
Kester Roger Marcus Ball (16)
Gerard Bernard Patrick Baron (67)
Simon Bell (17)
Barry Sidney Bennett (26)
David John Benson (22)
David William Birtle (22)
Tony Bland (22)
Paul David Brady (21)
Andrew Mark Brookes (26)
Carl Brown (18)
David Steven Brown (25)
Henry Thomas Burke (47)
Peter Andrew Burkett (24)
Paul William Carlile (19)
Raymond Thomas Chapman (50)
Gary Christopher Church (19)
Joseph Clark (29)
Paul Clark (18)
Gary Collins (22)
Stephen Paul Copoc (20)
Tracey Elizabeth Cox (23)
James Philip Delaney (19)
Christopher Barry Devonside (18)
Christopher Edwards (29)
Vincent Michael Fitzsimmons (34)
Thomas Steven Fox (21)
Jon-Paul Gilhooley (10)
Barry Glover (27)
Ian Thomas Glover (20)
Derrick George Godwin (24)
Roy Harry Hamilton (34)
Philip Hammond (14)
Eric Hankin (33)
Gary Harrison (27)
Stephen Francis Harrison (31)
Peter Andrew Harrison (15)
David Hawley (39)
James Robert Hennessy (29)
Paul Anthony Hewitson (26)
Carl Darren Hewitt (17)
Nicholas Michael Hewitt (16)
Sarah Louise Hicks (19)
Victoria Jane Hicks (15)
Gordon Rodney Horn (20)
Arthur Horrocks (41)
Thomas Howard (39)
Thomas Anthony Howard (14)
Eric George Hughes (42)
Alan Johnston (29)
Christine Anne Jones (27)
Gary Philip Jones (18)
Richard Jones (25)
Nicholas Peter Joynes (27)
Anthony Peter Kelly (29)
Michael David Kelly (38)
Carl David Lewis (18)
David William Mather (19)
Brian Christopher Mathews (38)
Francis Joseph McAllister (27)
John McBrien (18)
Marion Hazel McCabe (21)
Joseph Daniel McCarthy (21)
Peter McDonnell (21)
Alan McGlone (28)
Keith McGrath (17)
Paul Brian Murray (14)
Lee Nicol (14)
Stephen Francis O'Neill (17)
Jonathon Owens (18)
William Roy Pemberton (23)
Carl William Rimmer (21)
David George Rimmer (38)
Graham John Roberts (24)
Steven Joseph Robinson (17)
Henry Charles Rogers (17)
Colin Andrew Hugh William Sefton (23)
Inger Shah (38)
Paula Ann Smith (26)
Adam Edward Spearritt (14)
Philip John Steele (15)
David Leonard Thomas (23)
Patrik John Thompson (35)
Peter Reuben Thompson (30)
Stuart Paul William Thompson (17)
Peter Francis Tootle (21)
Christopher James Traynor (26)
Martin Kevin Traynor (16)
Kevin Tyrrell (15)
Colin Wafer (19)
Ian David Whelan (19)
Martin Kenneth Wild (29)
Kevin Daniel Williams (15)
Graham John Wright (17)

Rest in Peace.

Justice for the 96.

Never Forgotten.





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