Hillsborough 25: You’ll Never Walk Alone


Remembering Hillsborough
15th April 1989

England’s most tragic football disaster ever happened on this day, 25 years ago. And 25 years later, today, the families of the 96 victims are still in search for the justice that were wrongfully taken away from them since the day it happened.

The handling of the incident on that day, the covering of faults, altering of witness and police statements and the pushing of responsibilities by the South Yorkshire Police should be regarded as the most disgraceful thing ever to be done by the British civil service.

And this was made worse by the infamous front page of The Sun on the next day:

(Image: The Guardian)

They were cheated by the police into thinking that it was the fans themselves who caused the death of their fellow fans. It’s kind of stupid to actually label whatever was claimed by the local police as ‘THE TRUTH’ even before any inquiry or hearing was done. And The Sun is still paying the price for such reports with the boycott within the city of Liverpool that lasted even up till now.

Let’s not go too much into the disgrace of individuals because this is supposed to be a post in memory and tribute to the 96.

The names, as you will see below, are the names of our fellow Liverpool fans, who travelled down to Hillsborough in Sheffield with the team as they faced Nottingham Forest in the semi-finals of the FA Cup of 1988-89. They went, not to witness another astonishing victory by the great Liverpool team of the 80s. They went, but to be chosen and taken away by Hades. They went, and never return. They will never get to witness any other matches in which Liverpool’s going to play. They will never witness the winning of the league in 1990. They will never get to see the different eras of Liverpool’s leadership: from Alan Hansen to Ronnie Whelan, Steve Nicol, Mark Wright, Ian Rush, John Barnes, Paul Ince, Jamie Redknapp, Robbie Fowler and from Sami Hyppia to Steven Gerrard. They will never experience the chills in which every Liverpool supporters felt during that incredible and miracle European night at Istanbul. They will never get to witness Liverpool playing on the Fields of Anfield Road anymore…

(Image: Liverpool FC)

  • 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)
  • Marian 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)
  • Patrick 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)

Many of them, whom die way too young, could have settle down and have their own families within the past 25 years. They could have had the chance to bring their children, some even grandchildren to Anfield to witness the way of Liverpool’s football.

But, they don’t have such chances anymore.

Police’s negligence has made them lose everything.

And JUSTICE haven’t been fully paid to them and hopefully it will be returned by the end of the Hillsborough Inquest that is still going on since March 31. 25 Years of waiting for justice is way to long in the history of the modern world.

The entire football community are in an emotional mood today. Tributes pouring in from all over the world and from various rival clubs.

Man City.

Chelsea FC.

West Ham United.

Portsmouth FC Ladies.

Man United.

Arsenal FC.

Tottenham Hotspur.
As a Liverpool’s fan, I would like to express by utmost gratitude to these teams for standing together with us in such tragic moments. Thank you so much. This shows that football is, afterall, a beautiful game. 

While over at Anfield in the afternoon, an annual memorial service was being held. An emotional afternoon.

The ’96’ made up of scarfs donated by football fans all over the world.
The crowd at Anfield as they were reciting the prayers for the 96.
Liverpool’s manager Brendan Rodgers was there too with the rest of the Liverpool’s board and squad.

And as he gave his speech.
(Image: BBC) Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez graced the memorial service, and with a speech given. Thank you, Everton.
MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham giving his speech and to show his support to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

Lee Roy James and the Love & Joy Gospel Choir as they sang the ‘Hillsborough Anthem’ he wrote.

Trevor Hicks, Hillsborough Family Support Group President and also father of two of the victims, Sarah and Victoria Hicks. He had done a lot to rally the families together and to campaign for justice for the 96. A true hero.

Margaret Aspinall, the Chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Her speech today was great, reminded many about the late Margaret Thatcher.

‘There Is A Balm In Gilead’ performed by the Love & Joy Gospel Choir.
How could the memorial service be done without these three?

The support of the fans who gathered together to witness the 25th anniversary memorial event is great. I swear we have the best fans in the world.
Gerry Marsden leading the crowd in ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
And the memorial service ended with the releasing of 96 balloons into the sky. Touching.

Justice will definitely be done. May our 96 dear friends rest in peace.

JUSTICE FOR THE 96.

And remember,

YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE.

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