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Mike O

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Because it doesn't matter which club it happened to,

Because it doesn't make a difference in the end whose fault it was,

Because it's about people - not tribes,

Because it's still, still, still a nightmare to recall,

Because it could have happened to any one of us,

And because it even now makes me cry

Twenty years on...

RIP The Hillsborough 96.

April 15th, 1989, 3.05pm

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Losing a loved one is devastating, I know that from personal experience. So I don't want to sound callous, but I am totally fed up with this whole anniversary thing. Do we have to go through this every year or every five years? My god, VE Day doesn't get this much coverage!

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To the 96 who died there, and all the football fans recently and in the distant past who have been the victims of a tragedy in a realm traditionally reserved for happiness, competition and camaraderie, RIP

Nobody should have to die for a game of football, no matter what the circumstances

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I was only a small boy back at the time, so I never knew and it is a piece of history to me.

However, such tragic loss of life deserves to be honoured and remembered. RIP and lets hope nothing like that ever happens again.

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Whatever the rights and wrongs of that day and who was to blame for what, the 96 who died were innocent football fans. They deserve our respect.

RIP

Nobody should have to die for a game of football, no matter what the circumstances

RIP - still chilling seeing those images to this day.

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Agree wholeheartedly Mike.

I don't care a jot about the arguments about taking responsibility for that event or any other event - the 96 who died have nothing to do with anything that ever happened again after that day - it is them we remember, victims in a horrific tragedy that unfurled itself in front of our own eyes. As with Mike it still brings a tear to my eye. A school friend of mine (Liverpool fan) was at the game and I remember calling the hotline to try and find out about him as I was watching the footage. I expected the worst (luckily didn't get the news I was dreading) and I can still remember the feeling of dread. Given how dreadful I felt I can't even bear to think about the feelings of those who did actually suffer.

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It should never have happened but reality is it was a disaster waiting to happen because of the make up of grounds back then.

96 people went to follow their team and never made it home. Families were torn apart, many of whom have never recovered. Taking any finger pointing blame out of the picture this could have happened to any team in Britain. It could have happened to us. It could have been our mum's and dad's, wives, husbands waiting for us to come home only to find out we had died. It could have been our families who were torn apart. Thankfully for us it wasn't. Sadly for the 96 it was.

God bless.

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