It is to the eternal credit of the families of the 96 that they
would not allow the memory of their innocent family
members to be stained by lies and cover ups.
Next week, on the 15th of April, it will be the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. There are expected to be thousands at the service at Anfield and it is being filmed and shown live at Goodison Park.
Over this weekend, all fixtures will start at 3.07pm to honour the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives as a result of the catastrophic events of April 15 1989 in Sheffield. The game, between Liverpool and Nottingham Forrest, was stopped at six minutes past three. Then there will be a minutes silence.
Despite the tribal nature of football, there is huge support for the families of the 96 and their campaign for justice.
I heard about the disaster travelling back from a Manchester City away game against Blackburn in the Old Division 2. City had lost 4-0 and I was feeling sorry for myself- then I heard about what had gone on in Sheffield.
It is scandalous that the families of those killed have had to wait so long for the truth and I hope the recently started fresh inquests in Warrington will give the families what they need- truth, justice and some kind of closure.
Imagine seeing the events of the day played out on television. The hours of not knowing whether your loved one was one of the injured or dead. The horrible news when it came.
The hurt of seeing the Sun and the police blame the fans for the disaster. The ridiculous “accidental death” verdict of the coroner.
And then 25 years of campaigning to uncover the truth.
It is absolutely clear from the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report that Hillsborough was not an accident.
It is absolutely right that a new inquest into the deaths of the 96 innocent supporters who died that day should take place in light of that report, which drew together the medical evidence available, exposed the manipulation of police statements as well as the attempts by the Police and emergency services to defect blame on to the fans.
It is to the eternal credit of the families of the 96 that they would not allow the memory of their innocent family members to be stained by lies and cover ups.