Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hillsborough: 19 Years Later

April 15 marks a somber anniversary for soccer fans, particularly fans of Liverpool Football Club. On April 15, 1989, shortly after kickoff of the FA Cup Semifinal between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, 96 Liverpool fans were killed by the horrific overcrowding at the Liverpool end of the stands. It stands as one of the greatest tragedies in sports history.

Liverpool Football Club has always gone to great lengths to honor the memory of those supporters. Today's remembrances included a memorial service at Anfield, where the team announced plans for a charity match against Glasgow Celtic next year on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. The teams will seek to recreate the squads that squared off in a 1989 benefit match, Liverpool's first game following Hillsborough. Should be quite a scene.

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