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Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
Anon


You'll Never Walk Alone - 15th Apr 1989 to 15th Apr 2014

You'll Never Walk Alone

Today on the 25th Anniversary of that tragic day, we remember the 96 fans who died and the 766 others who were injured in what has become known as the Hillsborough Disaster.

The deaths occurred in 1989 at an FA Cup Semi-Final at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, between Liverpool and Nottingham Forrest Football Clubs. As the kick-off approached there was a bottleneck with Liverpool supporters queuing to get in. The Police opened an exit gate but instead of curing the problem it created an even bigger problem inside the ground which resulted in serious overcrowding in the enclosures and to the fans being crushed to death. When questioned by the FA Chairman, the Chief Inspector accused the supporters of rushing the gate.

On the 20th anniversary of the disaster, government minister Andy Burnham called for the police, ambulance and all other public agencies to release documents that had not been made available to Lord Justice Taylor at the original inquiry. This led to the formation of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which in September 2012 concluded that no Liverpool fans were responsible for the deaths, and that attempts had been made by the authorities to conceal what happened, including the alteration by police of 116 statements relating to the disaster.