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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

20 Years: Hillsborough Disaster

20 years ago today I sat in horror whilst events at Hillsborough unfolded on TV. 96 people died at a sporting event due to overcrowding during a football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

No blame has ever been laid, the fans suggest it was the police, whilst the police suggest it was over-enthusiastic fans gaining entrance to the ground without tickets.

The Hillsborough disaster has changed the face of football here in the UK. Stadiums are now all-seaters so a tragedy like this can never occur again.

The English Football Association [F.A.] chose to play this particular semi-final at Hillsborough in Sheffield. Other football grounds were suggested but the F.A. opted for Hillsborough because of the security fences that were erected [to keep fans off the pitch]. Ironically, it was these very same security fences that people were crushed against and lost their lives. Thankfully, British football stadia no longer sees these fences.

I remember travelling up to Hillsborough when they re-opened the section of the ground where all those people had lost their lives. My team, Aston Villa, opened the season with a visit to Hillsborough.

I will never forget walking through the tunnel to the Leppings Lane end and taking my seat. Haunted by the ghosts of those who were crushed to death... all because of a football match.

May they all rest in peace and hopefully someday those that they left behind will find justice.

The two videos below highlight the tragedy.

R.I.P.

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