Monday 5 December 2016

The tragedy of that terrible day is laid to rest - but scars remain

The Hillsborough tragedy left the city of Liverpool in shock, writes Liam Collins, who was sent to cover its aftermath

Published 01/05/2016 | 02:30

CATASTROPHE: An injured fan receiving attention on the pitch as the disaster in Hillsborough unfolded. Photo: PA
CATASTROPHE: An injured fan receiving attention on the pitch as the disaster in Hillsborough unfolded. Photo: PA

The morning after - Sunday April 16, 1989 - I stood in one of the stands at Hillsborough and looked down to the left, to the terrace where 96 Liverpool football fans had perished the previous afternoon, stunned that so many had died in such a small space at something so mundane as a football match.

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I had been to many stadiums - Croke Park, Lansdowne Road, Murrayfield, White Hart Lane. All appeared to me to be massive places (even back then), but the Sheffield Wednesday ground was just so small, and in the eerie silence it was almost impossible to imagine the carnage of less than 24 hours earlier.

But it happened, and as we now know, those who died that afternoon were unlawfully killed, according to a British Coroners jury who listened to two years' worth of evidence before giving their verdict.

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