Hillsborough – Why Time Doesn’t Always Heal

Sunday April 15th marks the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster.

Unfortunately, there are still a great many people – educated, usually-intelligent people – who remain ignorant about what actually happened that day. When I say “ignorant”, I include all those who continue to believe the tide of lies propagated by a certain publication. Lies which then became “truth” in the public consciousness, simply because they were printed in big letters and circulated millions of times on the front page of a newspaper.

For that reason, it makes me fume when I watch those same people roll their eyes and say “oh are people in Liverpool still going on about Hillsborough? Can’t they give it a rest? It was soooo long ago….”

The issue of Hillsborough will never “rest”, not while there is still so much misinformation changing hands amongst those who can’t be bothered to educate themselves. Not while there are still individuals and groups who refuse to take responsibility and are held to account for what they did (and didn’t) do, that day. Not while so many lives remain suspended in a hellish state of trauma and despair, largely forgotten by the rest of the country, the rest of the world.

For these reasons, and many others, it is more important than ever to press home the real truth about what happened on Saturday 15th April 1989.

The truth is that the South Yorkshire Police deployed a unit of officers unqualified and untrained to operate at an FA Cup Semi Final.

The truth is that Liverpool fans were herded into two central pens that were far too small to hold them, as two other pens stood virtually empty either side.

The truth is that, from the control room, senior police officers could see a crush forming, but refused to direct fans into the adjacent pens.

The truth is that the highest ranking officer that day – Superintendent David Duckenfield – personally ordered the opening of an entrance gate, which sent 2,000 more fans into the same tunnel that was already full.

The truth is that there was no stampede. Fans were suffocated in a slow and agonising inch-by-inch crush, every second of which was witnessed by those present in the control room.

The truth is that it was the police, not fans, who prevented ambulances attending the scene.

The truth is that both Liverpool and Forest fans engaged in acts of breathtaking heroism, trying to save lives, as police stood by and did nothing.

The truth is that nobody urinated on the bodies of the dead.

The truth is that nobody stole from the bodies of the dead.

The truth is that neither alcohol, nor ticketless fans, were factors in the disaster.

The truth is that The Sun editor, Kelvin MacKenzie, knowingly orchestrated a smear campaign in a deliberate and cynical ploy to sell newspapers.

The truth is that Kelvin MacKenzie has admitted to this, yet refuses to apologise.

The truth is that more than 96 people died as a result of the Hillsborough Disaster.

The truth is that thousands more remain traumatised and forgotten.

The truth is that the persons directly responsible for the disaster walked away with big fat pensions and were never held to account for their actions.

The truth is that the government and South Yorkshire Police tried to cover up what really happened that day.

The truth is that they failed.

Amazingly, there is a whole generation of people who have no idea what happened at Hillsborough.

For those, and for others who would like to know the real facts, please take the time to visit Hillsborough Context And Consequences  where you can find an excellently laid out, easy to read summary of the actual truth, together with Hillsborough – 20 Questions, which still need answering.

Fundraising to help pay for counselling, treatment, and numerous ongoing court cases related to getting justice for Hillsborough survivors and the bereaved, remains an important mission for many football fans, regardless of which club they support, because they know that this could have happened to any one of them.

For more information on how to help, please visit the Hillsborough Justice Campaign or pop into their shop opposite the ground the next time you’re at Anfield.

96 men, women and children went a football match one Spring afternoon 23 years ago, and never came home. In the years since, too many more have taken their own lives, unable to cope with what they experienced that day. 1989 might seem like a long time ago to some people, but only to those who have had the luxury to live a life in between. For many others, the horror of Hillsborough happened yesterday, is happening today, and will continue to happen tomorrow, the next day, and every day to come.

Time does not always heal, especially when “The Truth” is entrusted to the custody of liars.

So when you hear people asking why Hillsborough is still such a big deal, after “all this time”, don’t just give them one reason, give them ninety-six:-

In Memoriam

John Alfred Anderson (62)

Colin Mark Ashcroft (19)

James Gary Aspinall (18)

Kester Roger Marcus Ball (16)

Gerard Bernard Patrick Baron (67)

Simon Bell (17)

Barry Sidney Bennett (26)

David John Benson (22)

David William Birtle (22)

Tony Bland (22)

Paul David Brady (21)

Andrew Mark Brookes (26)

Carl Brown (18)

David Steven Brown (25)

Henry Thomas Burke (47)

Peter Andrew Burkett (24)

Paul William Carlile (19)

Raymond Thomas Chapman (50)

Gary Christopher Church (19)

Joseph Clark (29)

Paul Clark (18)

Gary Collins (22)

Stephen Paul Copoc (20)

Tracey Elizabeth Cox (23)

James Philip Delaney (19)

Christopher Barry Devonside (18)

Christopher Edwards (29)

Vincent Michael Fitzsimmons (34)

Thomas Steven Fox (21)

Jon-Paul Gilhooley (10)

Barry Glover (27)

Ian Thomas Glover (20)

Derrick George Godwin (24)

Roy Harry Hamilton (34)

Philip Hammond (14)

Eric Hankin (33)

Gary Harrison (27)

Stephen Francis Harrison (31)

Peter Andrew Harrison (15)

David Hawley (39)

James Robert Hennessy (29)

Paul Anthony Hewitson (26)

Carl Darren Hewitt (17)

Nicholas Michael Hewitt (16)

Sarah Louise Hicks (19)

Victoria Jane Hicks (15)

Gordon Rodney Horn (20)

Arthur Horrocks (41)

Thomas Howard (39)

Thomas Anthony Howard (14)

Eric George Hughes (42)

Alan Johnston (29)

Christine Anne Jones (27)

Gary Philip Jones (18)

Richard Jones (25)

Nicholas Peter Joynes (27)

Anthony Peter Kelly (29)

Michael David Kelly (38)

Carl David Lewis (18)

David William Mather (19)

Brian Christopher Mathews (38)

Francis Joseph McAllister (27)

John McBrien (18)

Marion Hazel McCabe (21)

Joseph Daniel McCarthy (21)

Peter McDonnell (21)

Alan McGlone (28)

Keith McGrath (17)

Paul Brian Murray (14)

Lee Nicol (14)

Stephen Francis O’Neill (17)

Jonathon Owens (18)

William Roy Pemberton (23)

Carl William Rimmer (21)

David George Rimmer (38)

Graham John Roberts (24)

Steven Joseph Robinson (17)

Henry Charles Rogers (17)

Colin Andrew Hugh William Sefton (23)

Inger Shah (38)

Paula Ann Smith (26)

Adam Edward Spearritt (14)

Philip John Steele (15)

David Leonard Thomas (23)

Patrik John Thompson (35)

Peter Reuben Thompson (30)

Stuart Paul William Thompson (17)

Peter Francis Tootle (21)

Christopher James Traynor (26)

Martin Kevin Traynor (16)

Kevin Tyrrell (15)

Colin Wafer (19)

Ian David Whelan (19)

Martin Kenneth Wild (29)

Kevin Daniel Williams (15)

Graham John Wright (17)

Photo image: KopConnect


3 responses to “Hillsborough – Why Time Doesn’t Always Heal

  1. Geoff Williams

    Very touching and so very true…


  2. I have today heard the ignorance and prejudice of an otherwise intelligent person, my heart still bleeds. Until the ‘truth’ is finally acknowledged by all there will and can be no peace of mind. Why can anyone who has suffered such a loss no sympathise and support those who continue to be slighted and belittled by this cover up and malignment. Lest we forget.


  3. antiquityandadventures

    thank you


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