Discussion in 'Hillsborough Memorial' started by Celtic Dragon, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Celtic Dragon

    Celtic Dragon TIA's Tusken Druid Valued Member

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    A poem I wrote to commemorate the 22nd Anniversary in 2011.


    It was a beautiful spring April day
    Everybody was happy "we'll beat this lot, and get ready for May"
    Nobody was to know the awful things that were to come their way
    On that beautiful spring April day.

    Off they all set, for the football match
    "Rushie will score, they won't get near Barnesy he's hard to catch"
    Unaware of what was to come when they got to Leppings Lane
    The tragedy that was to follow, 96 lives lost and 22 years of pain.

    Incompetent policing, inadequet ground
    Look around you, it's clearly not sound
    "It'll be alright, just get moving, follow the crowd"
    Over there, they've opened the gate, oh my word, what a mistake.

    What happened next will forever remain
    As part of the city's conscience, and in the public domain
    For six terrible minutes, the crush got worse
    By the time it was over, bodies taken to a hearse.

    Angels were created that day
    And more came afterwards, in the most horrible of ways
    Everyone that was there, will never forget
    All caught up in that pen, like fish in a net.

    The police they read the situation wrong
    Refused to listen to the travelling Kop's 'song'
    "open the gates, let us out" from all was the pleas
    Authorities turned a deaf ear, as more fell to their knees.

    Not that the brass would admit it at first
    It's why we're still fighting, to quench our thirst
    Our thirst for justice, over what happened that day
    We just want someone held accountable, to stand up and say.

    If only we'd worked it like the year before
    We may have avoided this horror and gore
    But no, new man in charge, didn't have a clue
    Cover-ups began before the stories grew.

    The stories of what really happend that terrible spring day
    Tales of survival and bodies that lay
    22 years is far to long
    Justice is needed, to quieten the song.

    Those 96 angels up above
    Hear the justice bell, and the turtle doves
    We haven't got it yet, but we'll keep fighting come what may
    We'll get justice for what happened, on that terrible spring day.




    Simon 'Dragonshadow' Pearce
  2. mappen1977

    mappen1977 TIA Reserve Team

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    Been a really tough few days. Absolutley shocked and lost for words to be honest, I would like to pay tribute to all the reds at the game, without them the disaster would have been much worse. Really brings it back seeing our fans running around with advertisement board stretchers and helping people out while the police stood and watched. Bring on the justice. YNWA.
  3. Maria

    Maria The Misfit one

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    I cried when I read your poem DS. Just feeling abit teary eyed this last week and with my Dad's anniversary coming up on top of it all.
  4. BhupendraS

    BhupendraS TIA Squad Member

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  5. lancashirelad

    lancashirelad Well-Known Member

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    MoTD April 1989..... The cover up is starting to develop on the evening of April 15 1989 on Match of the day, look how the BBC guys try to break open a crack in the story, and how the seeds were aleatory being laid... Everyone is hedging their story already

  6. lancashirelad

    lancashirelad Well-Known Member

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  7. lancashirelad

    lancashirelad Well-Known Member

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    Justice this Christmas and the new year

    Christmas really is a special time. Another year comes to an end and you look at those who are closest to you in your life and appreciate the fact that they are there beside you. We all recharge our batteries during Christmas through our friends and families as we get ready to take on the New Year that is upon the horizon.

    On April 15th 1989, thousands of Liverpool supporters traveled to Sheffield to see their favorite team in action on FA Cup Semi-Final day against Nottingham Forest. It was a day for excitement and anticipation and every other emotion that goes along with a highly emotionally charged football game. As fans we've all experienced what it’s like as kick-off draws nearer and the butterflies swarm around your stomach determined on causing you nausea from over-excitement.

    On this particular afternoon, those at Hillsborough stadium were doing what every other football supporter has done previously and has continued to do so since and that was enjoy watching their team play football. It’s amazing that such a simple concept can create atmosphere and emotion in its most wild form. Yet that’s exactly what football does; that’s what supporting Liverpool does.

    Liverpool supporters were allocated the North and West ends (Leppings Lane), holding 24,000 fans and accessed by 23 turnstiles from a narrow concourse. A bottleneck formed outside the stadium as fans tried to gain access into the stadium. Unlike what happened 2 years ago when kick-off was delayed to allow fans gain entry in time, the orders this year were to open the large exit gate (Gate C) and let an estimated 5,000 fans rush through.

    When the gates opened, supporters were swept down a narrow tunnel and into the all-ready overcrowded central pen, creating pressure at the front of the terrace. Fans entering did not know the severity of what was happening for those at the front of the pen and so they pushed and a crush ensued. Both pens to the side of the central cage were practically deserted in comparison yet no Police officer was there to guide supporters away into the side pens.

    The referee halted the match at 3.06 p.m. The moments that followed need no description or reference. The death of 96 people is an extremely hard thing to comprehend yet when it happens at a football match there are no words that can even begin to help understand why such a tragedy unfolded.

    Unfortunately this did happen and it is why an eternal flame will always burn brightly wherever the Liverbird is worn throughout the world.

    23 years have passed now since that awful day and the tragedy remains to the forefront of our minds. The very word “Hillsborough” no longer solely refers to a place where Sheffield Wednesday play every other Saturday but a place where one of the worst tragedies in football occurred. It’s now a word that carries with it a burden of lies and a disheartening shudder.

    Fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, grandparents, brothers and sisters died that day in 1989. This alone is a horrible event to get your head around yet when you add to it a circulation of lies, cover-ups and deceit, the tragedy becomes a starting point for a quest for truth and justice.

    The families have spent 23 years looking for both these simple necessities that any bereaving loved one should undoubtedly be entitled to.

    As the club belonging to the 96 victims, Liverpool Football Club and its fans have accompanied the families in seeking answers and accountability for Hillsborough throughout the years. Regardless whether they were supporters or players who were there that awful day or they were fans from abroad who weren't even born in 1989, it didn't matter, this was a burden all fans bared because 96 people died doing what we all love doing and that was supporting LFC.

    It hasn't been easy to get to where we are today. We've all seen the mud sling in our direction and towards the families and believe me, mud well and truly sticks. People have asked why we couldn't just move on and the answer has been simply that we have not gotten the satisfying answers to do so.

    After failed inquests, coroner reports and petitions to European Courts, an Independent Panel was set up in 2009 to read through all the documents surrounding Hillsborough. This was thanks to years of campaigning by the Hillsborough Family Support Group and the effect the 20th Anniversary at Anfield had on then Culture Secretary Andy Burnham.

    On Wednesday, September 12th, 2012, every Liverpool fan and in particular the families held their breath as the panel were about to unveil their findings.

    It is a day that will live long in the memory of the city of Liverpool, Britain, and world football. It was the day we got proved to us what we knew all along: On that tragic day, Liverpool fans were a credit to the city and Liverpool supporters across the globe. The match should never have been played at Hillsborough. The police force and ambulance service did not act appropriately. The panel concluded that "up to 41" of the 96 who perished might have survived had the emergency services reacted as they were supposed to. The Panel whole-heartedly stated that the cover-up that immediately followed the disaster was so morally wrong and deliberate that it was heinous. Altered statements, forcing witnesses to change their stories, blood alcohol tests being taken from victims, all attempts to perceive a different story as to what really happened that day.

    Forget your football allegiances and just think as a human being and you will see why this campaign for Justice continued unwavering over the past 23 years.

    Steps are now being taken and gears are starting to move as we expect the original inquest to be squashed by the end of the year and a new inquest to be installed which will hopefully give the correct details as to why 96 people died at Hillsborough.

    This Christmas, a gathering of musicians (including Paul McCartney, Paloma Faith, Robbie Williams, Mel C, Rebecca Ferguson) have joined together to form “The Justice Collective” and put together a song in aid of the Hillsborough Family Support Group and Hillsborough Justice Campaign.

    He Ain't Heavy, He’s my Brother is a poignant song that they have chosen to cover. The Hollies song was a CD Margaret Aspinall’s 18 year old son James bought for her as a present; 5 months after James got his mother this CD, he went to a match in Sheffield and never came home

    This song bares meaning, this song tells a story, this song has a message. It has been a long road to get to where we are and even though it’s been tough, the 96 have never been a burden too much for us all to carry. It also symbolizes that the journey isn't over and awareness needs to be maintained so the families can get the correct answers to a simple question they should never have been denied: Why did my loved one die?
    For the year that it’s been and for the journey that is has come, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother is surely a single worth buying this Christmas.

    You don’t need a Liverbird above your heart to know this campaign for Justice is worth fighting for.

    Never forgotten, YNWA:

    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)

    Please, make He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother number 1 this Christmas.
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  8. John Greer

    John Greer New Member

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    God rest and God bless the 96.
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