Three decades ago I lived in Sheffield – could see the rooftops of the Hillsborough ground from the from the front step, and watched a few games there though I saw many more games at the place round across town.
I also spent a lot of time with people from Liverpool and thereabouts. I lost count of the number of times I was called “woollybach!”.
And some of my voices have Scouse accents. Including the one I hear most.
I remember well being right at the back of the Liverpool end at Wembley with 100,000 people when Liverpool beat Spurs 3-1 in the 1982 League Cup Final – Ronny Whelan! Ian Rush!
I’ve been to Anfield quite a few times too and always witnessed something very special there even though the football is mostly faded from memory.
Today Liverpool and especially the people of Liverpool finally heard what they already knew- after 27 years of fighting for it. HAving had police, government and sections of teh media systematically lie to blame the fans for what happened, the n almost three years of cover-ups and more lies, today, the Coroner’s Inquest ruling is unequivocal in its verdict.
The 96 people who died at Hillsborough were unlawfully killed and nothing they did contributed to that.
With ope in yoor ‘eart
and you’ll never walk alone!
The below clips are from a few weeks ago – the Dortmund game at Anfield. Its now over thirty years since I was last there, this is the version I found that most sounds like I remember it sounded.
If you don’t know teh story, here’s two excellent articles, one from Guardian journalist David Conn who has reported on it for over twenty years and who was at eth inquest every day.
The second is by Adrian Tempany who was one of the survivors telling vividly of his experience on that day – and also of the impact it had and still has on his own life and the lives of people h knew and knows over the twenty-seven years since.
- Deadly mistakes and lies that lasted decades. David Conn
- Hillsborough inquest survivor. Adrian Tempany http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/may/01/hillsborough-inquest-survivor-adrian-tempany