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Captains will mark Hillsborough anniversary with 96 balloons

15/04/2015  Comments (13)  jump
Phil Jagielka will join his rival captain at Liverpool, Steven Gerrard, in releasing 96 balloons at today's memorial service at Anfield to mark the 26th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Margaret Aspinall, Chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group told the Liverpool Echo that a balloon for each of those who died in the 1989 tragedy would be released during the service by Jagielka and Gerrard, whose cousin Jon Paul Gilhooley was, aged 10, the youngest victim.

Everton FC ambassador Graham Stuart will also give a reading at the service which starts at 2.45pm.  

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Phil Gardner
1 Posted 15/04/2015 at 11:36:35
I don't wish to be labelled as Â’unsympatheticÂ’ by the clamouring types, but isnÂ’t this getting a little tedious now? Pop along for the 30th, show empathy/solidarity etc, but the next time Everton turn up at that place they should be full of aggression and intent at the Anfield derby...
Colin Glassar
2 Posted 15/04/2015 at 11:47:45
I tend to agree with you Phil. This should be done every five years or so now as it is becoming a bit devalued in its present format. Plus, I think weÂ’ve more than done our bit and we should let them carry on as they deem fit.

I donÂ’t see Man City commemorating the Munich disaster every year or Celtic doing the same with the Ibrox disaster. So, by all means let us honour the victims but in a more reserved manner.

Peter Thistle
3 Posted 16/04/2015 at 13:50:54
It will never end, tired of hearing it.
Phil Sammon
4 Posted 16/04/2015 at 13:52:55
The whole thing is now more of a show-piece than it is a mark of remembrance. Too much of anything is hard to swallow.
Dave Lynch
5 Posted 16/04/2015 at 14:09:45
Have to agree with the above comments unfortunately.

The Bradford disaster was as horrific as that awfull day at Hillsborough, you have to ask whether this is being driven by the club or the families.

Vinny Garstrokes
6 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:07:24
I know forums are for debate of very differing views but I canÂ’t agree with any of you who have commented thus far. I think until the families receive justice and some sort of closure on the scandalous treatment metered out by Government/Police et al, then it is only fitting that we continue to show our solidarity from this side of the Park.
Eric Myles
7 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:31:45
Vinny, I donÂ’t see anyone from that club publicicising and participating in Juventus remembrances for Heysel, where 14 of their fans were convicted of manslaughter.
Andrew Ellams
8 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:49:46
The media will take every opportunity to publicise anything to do with that club. It was and still is a terrble tragedy and huge miscarriage of justice but to use it to gain media airtime is very wrong.
Patrick Murphy
9 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:54:01
Andrew - I think that is the correct assessment, our sympathies will always be with the families who lost their beloved sons and daughters, fathers and mothers but the event itself doesnÂ’t need to be a media event. The injustice on the other hand required a great deal of publicity and if it is ever settled then those who lost their lives should be allowed to rest in peace.
Vinny Garstrokes
10 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:05:11
Eric, and nobody is more outraged by me when I see those couple of scallies with their Steau Bucharest European Champions 1986 at most derby matches. Probably not even born at the time of the Heysel Disaster or have any real comprehension about the story behind it, but every club have their fair share of dickheads.
Paul Gladwell
11 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:21:13
Vinny, maybe they have more though, as the club and certainly their stewards know what itÂ’s about and yet let it wave along in all itÂ’s shameful glory whilst, at the opposite end, each week, away supporters are treated like mud by those stewards and ticket restrictions are given for persistent standing, the very trait that goes on down the Kop each home game too.
Eric Myles
12 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:35:46
Vinny, the supporters might well be dickheads but it is the club that are garnering media attention for Hillsborough while looking the other way over Heysel.
Paul Burns
14 Posted 19/04/2015 at 21:57:00
Time to withdraw from everything to do with Hillsborough.

Many of our own fans have died at or going to the match and have no memorial anywhere. Every death is a tragedy for the family involved but the victims at Hillsborough are being elected to sainthood and kept in the news to benefit Liverpool FC and allow them to wallow constantly in their self-elected status of victims.

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