Anfield Hillsborough Mosaic Tribute on Sunday


Poor Scouser Tommy
Feb 19, 2003
Also being reported in The Times.

Liverpool and Manchester United to unite in tribute to Hillsborough victims on Sunday

Liverpool and Manchester United will put aside their rivalries and participate in a joint tribute to the victims of Hillsborough when the clubs meet in the Premier League on Sunday, it was confirmed on Tuesday night.

The opposing captains, likely to be Steven Gerrard and Nemanja Vidic, will share the honour of releasing 96 red balloons shortly before kick-off, to represent the number of Liverpool supporters who perished on the fateful day in Sheffield 23 years ago.

In what will be the first time home game for the Merseyside club since the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s exhaustive report into the disaster, the pre-match ceremonies will duly recognise the significance of recent events.

Manchester United have shown their willingness to play their part since it became apparent their trip to Merseyside coincided with Liverpool’s desire to express their respect and gratitude to all those who have fought so diligently and passionately for the truth to be established.

Anfield will become a shrine prior to kick off. Liverpool announced plans for three sides of the stadium to form mosaics to honour the 96 supporters who died.

As the opposing players exit the tunnel to the club’s anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone, The Kop will display the words ‘The Truth’.

The Anfield Road end, directly facing The Kop, will reveal the number ‘96’. And the adjoining Centenary Stand of the stadium will depict the most pertinent observation of ‘Justice’.

Representatives of the three support groups — The Hillsborough Family Support Group, Hillsborough Justice Campaign and Hope for Hillsborough – who have worked so tirelessly to uncover the facts and dispel the myths surrounding the tragedy, will be honoured guests at the fixture.

Liverpool and United have held discussions at senior level in recent days to ensure the correct tone is set in what is often a volatile meeting of the North West clubs.

Liverpool’s managing director, Ian Ayre, liaised directly with Old Trafford chief executive David Gill to oversee proceedings this weekend.

Although there are inevitable sporting tensions between the clubs and their fans, traditionally the hierarchies have enjoyed a professional relationship and this is reflected in the mutual respect shown over the past week.

“It is our first opportunity we have had as a football club to pay tribute at Anfield to what everybody has done: the families, the fans and various other people like Andy Burnham MP,” said Ayre.

“It is a chance for everybody to show their respects on the day.” Both clubs are aware there is little can be done about the incendiary atmosphere that usually typifies meetings between England’s two most successful clubs.

Neither is particularly keen to see the intensity that makes the fixture such a global attraction compromised, but there is an acknowledgement — particularly following the controversies of last season — to ensure certain boundaries of taste and decency are adhered too.

Concerns have inevitably been raised about the timing of United’s visit given recent issues between the clubs, but both see the meeting as an opportunity to show how for the overwhelming majority of those connected to Anfield and Old Trafford there is a mutual understanding and sympathy for what they’ve experienced throughout their history.

All the discussions between the clubs have focused solely on the tributes. Suggestions Liverpool have raised the issue of the pre-match handshakes with any of their players has caused bewilderment at Anfield.
If Luis Suárez and Patrice Evra meet again — by no means certain given the impressive debut of Alexander Buttner for United last weekend — the Uruguay striker will shake the French defender’s hand.

Liverpool have felt no need to remind the player of this as they fully expect that formality to pass without any controversy.



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Jan 14, 2012
Going to be an emotional atmosphere, which hopefully the majority of mancs wont try and spoil.

I was on the Kop last time "The Truth" mosaic was performed, and 'Justice for the 96' was sung for the first 6 minutes.
The Arsenal fans applauded it and were generally fantastic that day.
The result seemed irrelevant at the final whistle.


Well-Known Member
Sep 15, 2012
Nice to see that even the Mancs can cough up some human decency, hopefully their fans will as well.


Fighting like beavers.
Mar 8, 2007
Love it when we go for mosaics, I feel in that type of atmosphere and the situation we're in, we'll beat them like we did at home in 2009 when we had a run of bad results ahead of the match.