Town join football in mark of respect to 96 who lost their lives 25 years ago
Ninety six Liverpool fans were killed at the FA Cup semi-final between the Anfield club and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989. The game ended six minutes after the 3pm kick-off as the tragedy unfolded.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster, kick-off at every game in the Premier League and Football League over the weekend will take place seven minutes after the normal scheduled start, preceded by a minute’s silence.
Former Liverpool midfielder John Wark and a Town fan will carry a Blues’ shirt onto the pitch before the Doncaster game in another mark of respect from the Club to the 96 fans who lost their lives.
Saturday’s matchday programme carries interviews with several Town staff on their memories of the tragedy, including kit man Paul Beesley, who had two members of his family at the game.
“I was born in Liverpool, my wife and her family are all Liverpudlians as well,” said Paul.
“My brother-in-law and the husband of my wife’s sister were at the game. He was in the Leppings Lane end where all the fans died. He was lucky enough to be pulled free, pulled up into the top stand. He got to the game late and in hindsight, that possibly saved his life.
“I don’t think the city has ever been the same since. It affected so many families. There was always someone who knew someone who had been there at Hillsborough.”