Boss recalls empty feeling as report on Liverpool tragedy is released
Following the release of the Independent Panel’s report into the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, Paul Jewell has recalled his own memories of the tragedy.
The Town boss grew up following Liverpool and went on to join the club as a youth team player.
“I’d been to Hillsborough back in 1980 as a fan to watch Liverpool play Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final,” the Town boss told the Club website.
“I was about 14 or 15 at the time and that came back to me when the scenes came through from Hillsborough in 1989.
“I was playing for Bradford, ironically against Ipswich that day in a 2-2 draw at Valley Parade. As I came off the pitch, Peter Jackson [team-mate] said to me that there were people feared dead at the Liverpool game.
"I watched the scenes from the players’ lounge and it was surreal what was going on at a football match. They were devastating scenes and it just left you feeling empty.
"I was there with my wife Ann-Marie. She’s from Liverpool as well and was pregnant at the time. We just sat there in silence watching what was going on.
"It was very raw to the people of Bradford as well because only a few years earlier they had the tragedy of the fire at the stadium. It brought back some devastating memories for people at the club.
"I later found out that one of the lads I grew up with in Liverpool died at Hillsborough. It was a tragic, horrible, horrible day.”
Ninety six Liverpool fans, with the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest abandoned after six minutes as the disaster unfolded.