Thursday 23 January 2020

Watch: 'I wish we could have done more'- Ray Houghton unsure if families of Hillsborough victims will ever find peace

Ray Houghton
Ray Houghton

Tom Rooney

Even after today’s verdict that found all 96 Liverpool fans who died during the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed, Ray Houghton isn’t convinced that their loved ones will ever truly be at peace.

There were scenes of celebration and relief outside a Warrington court today after a jury delivered a verdict by 7-2 that the 96 supporters who died in a crush at the Hillsborough Stadium during the 1989 FA Cup semi final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forrest had lost their lives unlawfully.

Ray Houghton, along with fellow Irish internationals John Aldridge, Steve Staunton and Ronnie Whelan, lined out for Liverpool that day and, speaking at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, it was put to him if the bereaved families might now be able to move on.

“I’m not so sure. They’re the only ones who could answer that. But it’s what they wanted for 27 years, which is to find out the truth.

“Their families went to watch a football match, and they expected them to come home and 96 of them didn’t. They wanted to know the reasons why they didn’t come back; who’s at fault, who is accountable for what happened that day.

“Whether that’s going to be enough for the families, I’m not sure, because they’ve had to live with this for 27 years.

“It’s been daily, they’ll never forget, they can’t switch it off and whether they can do it now, I’m not so sure.”

Houghton claimed that he and his fellow players had regretted their inability to come to the aid of those who would die. Furthermore, that their sadness pales in comparison to the grieving family members.

“As players, we were there that day. I wish we could have done more; we’re all of the same opinion. It’s something that’s going to live with us forever.

“Now they will finally find out what’s going on and I think there will be more stories to come out. We didn’t lose loved ones like they did that day, so we can’t go through the process that they have,” he said.

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