On SATURDAY, April 15 1989, 24,000 Liverpool fans travelled to a football match, the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. 96 never returned. More than 20 years after Britain’s worst sporting disaster, we pay tribute to the fans whose hopes and dreams for the future ended that day.
Collectively they’ve become known as ‘The 96‘ but to the families and friends they left behind, they were simply a dad, a son, a brother and a sister; a cousin, an auntie, an uncle and a grandad; a boyfriend, a husband, a soul mate and a best friend.
As the wife of one of the supporters who never came home so eloquently put it in a letter published on this website on the 20th anniversary of the disaster, “To the world my husband is one of the 96, but to me and his children, he was always our number one.”
To those who didn’t know them, the fans who died at Hillsborough that day may just be a number of names etched into the Hillsborough Memorial marble.
This avoidable tragedy became known as Hillsborough. The impact on the survivors and the bereaved families was compounded by a smear campaign immediately instigated by the police to blame the fans for the disaster. The tabloid press promoted these lies, to deflect from the Police’s fatal mismanagement. The campaign for justice has been fighting for 24 years to reveal the truth.