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A song in memory of heroic Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams is to be released ahead of the landmark 25th anniversary of the disaster.
‘The Angel’ was initially performed by 17 year old Liverpool singer-songwriter Dominic Dunn at a charity event held in honour of Anne, who died of cancer last April.
The 62-year-old had battled for two decades to uncover the truth about how her 15-year-old son Kevin and 95 other Liverpool supporters died in Britain’s worst sporting disaster.
Following an overwhelmingly positive response from Anne’s family and friends, 17-year-old Dominic recently recorded the track at Liverpool’s world-famous Parr Street Studios, who very kindly donated the studio time free of charge.
Dominic said “I wanted it to be a song that touched people and knew it would be hard to write in only a few days but I just got my head down and put my mind to it.
“Anne’s son Kevin was a similar age to me so I had that going through my mind. I read up about the fight for justice and all the work that Anne did, and then just wrote was in my heart.
“Anne’s family told me they really liked it so as long as they’re satisfied that’s all that matters to me.
“I’m so proud to have been asked to do it and am just made up to be associated with such an inspirational and respected figure within the city.”
Anne’s family said they were honoured to have Dominic write, play and record the song for them.
Brother Danny Gordon said: “When I first heard the song at the fundraiser I was unable to speak for a while afterwards.”
“It got to us all. It was very moving and a very apt song for how we were feeling at the time, and still do, about our Anne, who we all miss so much.”
Anne’s daughter Sara, added: “The words Dominic wrote really sum up mum’s spirit and the fight she showed in fighting for Kevin, the 96 and the survivors.
“Dominic clearly did his homework and he got it just right. It works beautifully with the music that he wrote and is such a lovely tribute.”
Dominic has made the magnificent gesture of signing over the complete ownership of the song to the ‘Hope for Hillsborough’ charity. Therefore EVERY penny raised will go direct to the charity. Anne Williams set up this charity.
Please support this great cause and help us get ‘The Angel’ to No.1 and raise as much money as possible for the charity. Thank you!
‘The Angel’ will be officially launched on Monday 17th March, but is presently available to pre-order for only 79p on i-Tunes at the following address - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-angel-single/id827731501?ls=1
Follow The Angel on Facebook for the latest updates https://www.facebook.com/theangel.dominicdunn
Wednesday Feb 26Posted by: Peter Higgins Comments Off
Men, women and children,
Flocked together as one,
To watch a game of football;
Soon after they were gone.
Brothers and sisters,
Husbands and wives,
Killed at Hillsborough,
Then out came the knives
The way they were taken
Was so, so very sad.
And the police there to protect them
Turned out to be bad
Their reputation tainted,
The devastating picture,
A newspaper had painted.
Oh so many lies,
Nothing can make up
For the way the 96 died
Now we want justice,
Friends and family together.
We’ll never give up,
We’ll remember forever.
I received the following from Dom Williams, one of the organisers of the Hillsborough to Anfield Run.
Team in front of the Kop
2014 is going to be a massive year in the fight for justice and we hope our run will help highlight how important the upcoming inquests will be to the Families of the 96, the survivors and all Liverpool supporters. It should never have been allowed to carry on for 25yrs but sadly it has and it will be more important than ever to show our support to the Families of the 96 and survivors of the tragedy. Our run is always done in memory of the 96 and whatever we raise, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Liverpool and The Children’s Hospital Charity Sheffield are to be the beneficiaries again this year, is given in the name of the 96. A positive legacy if you like.
As this is the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy we decided it would be poignant to arrive on the pitch at Hillsborough exactly 25yrs on from that dreadful day so our timetable will see us leave from the Memorial at Anfield early on the morning of April 13th and arrive at Hillsborough at some point on the afternoon of April 15th. We will be covering 96 miles which will break down to three 30+ miles running for each of the three days, a real test of endurance and fitness.
It is very important to us all on the team of the Hillsborough-Anfield run that we do the 96 and their Families proud so we hope this year’s run can be the huge success the previous two runs have been.
Hillsborough to Anfield Run 2014
Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hillsboroughanfieldrun and Twitter https://twitter.com/HillsboroughAnf were you can leave messages of support or if you can please get behind our fundraising efforts for two amazing Children’s Hospitals, In memory of the 96 http://hillsborough-anfieldrun.com/donate/
Thursday Jan 23Posted by: Peter Higgins Comments Off
It’s become the norm during transfer windows for fans to second guess how much money their clubs have got to spend on new players. Everyone has an opinion on what names should be brought in to help their team reach the ‘next level’. It’s a sign of the times. But it’s also a sad indictment of what the game has become. As exciting as the transfer window is, the success of football clubs shouldn’t come down to which owners have the most money.
Years ago, kids wanted to be professional footballers because they loved playing football and they dreamt of playing for their boyhood clubs and winning the FA Cup. Nowadays, in a time where the FA Cup has been devalued because of the money on offer to teams for getting into the Champions League and avoiding relegation, how many kids growing up want to be footballers so they can buy a Ferrari, live in a mansion and date a pop star? Probably all of them!
I remember when Liverpool last won the league in 1989-90 and I had no idea what the likes of Rush and Barnes were earning or how much they would be worth if we sold them. What’s more, I didn’t care. Now football is all about cash. It has become more of a business than a sport.
Back in 2011, Liverpool were heavily in debt and Chelsea came in for Fernando Torres during the January transfer window. I was in a pub and I overheard two supporters talking about this. One of them wasn’t happy about Torres leaving but his mate’s only gripe was that he thought the striker was worth more than the £50 million on offer. The thing is, there was nothing unusual about the lad’s comment although in hindsight that was actually shrewd business. But when I reflected on it, two things struck me. Firstly, the reasons I didn’t want the club to sell Torres back then were because he was a great player and when he was signed there were rumours that he was a Liverpool fan. This made him an icon. Someone the supporters could relate to. It appeared the guy in the pub only wanted him to stay because other clubs hadn’t bid enough money. The second thought that occurred to me was that while many people were struggling to get by, millions of pounds were being talked about as if the money was penny sweets.
I found this vulgar but I could see the lad’s point. Liverpool have recently rewarded Suarez with a new £200,000 a week contract and inserted a massive buy-out clause. It was either that or lose him to another club. Now based on his performances and the current transfer market,I suppose he is worth every penny. But I don’t think any player should be worth that amount of money. It’s obscene when certain footballers are valued at more money than most clubs.
The problem is, football clubs have no choice but spend big money on the top players or they’ll get left behind by their rivals. Even Arsene Wenger, who is renowned for his prudence, has shown signs of change this season, paying £42 million for Ozil and bidding £40 million and one pound for Suarez. And the fact that most people reading this will immediately think that price is cheap for Suarez highlights how money has become such a big part of football.
So far this January, Liverpool are actually having a low-key transfer window compared to last season. The transfer committee is still trying to find players who can improve the squad. Two midfielders, a left back and a forward are wanted although it is highly unlikely Liverpool will be able to add four players in the next eight days. Ideally they would like to make two quality signings to help the group.
Today it has emerged that Chelsea have outbid Liverpool for Mohamed Salah and they now look certain to capture the Egyptian winger who has been likened to Messi. If the figures being quoted are accurate, I am a little disappointed that the board aren’t prepared to go over the £11m that Chelsea have bid. During the summer Liverpool missed out on several targets. They lost out on their first choice, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, to Borussia Dortmund who bid an extra £1.5m, although it’s rumoured that he chose the German club because they were in the Champions League. Unfortunately, due to the fact that we haven’t played in this competition for the last few years, it’s hard to attract star players. But there’s more to it than that. Tottenham aren’t in the Champions League either and this summer they beat us to the signing of Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli. They also offered more money than Liverpool for Willian only to then be outbid themselves by Chelsea. I know some of these players haven’t set the world alight but if Liverpool want to attract great players we will have to find the money for them.
I understand the need for caution after expensive mistakes in the past. And if it were Liverpool offering £37 million for Juan Mata rather than Man Utd I would have mixed emotions as I think that is too much money for him. But if the club is prepared to pay £10m for a player and one of our rivals offers £11m I would hope that we would then compete with them. It is bitterly disappointing to keep missing out on transfer targets, especially to rival clubs. So although I think money has had a negative affect on the game, I can’t help but hope that the Liverpool board spend a little bit more.
Tuesday Jan 21Posted by: Peter Higgins Comments Off
It’s fair to say that Alex Ferguson was like The Godfather of English football before he skulked off into retirement. Managers such as David Moyes, Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce were like his lieutenants, always ready to back him up, and certain referees seemed to play the role of his foot soldiers, doing the dirty work for him on the ground by granting dubious decisions. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger and Rafa Benitez took on the roles as Bosses of rival families, battling for supremacy.
But if Fergie was the Premier League’s equivalent of Paul Castellano, Mourinho could well be the John Gotti figure. The younger manager first arrived on these shores and he was a massive personality with an even bigger reputation. His previous jobs had earned him respect and his brash attitude gave him an untouchable status. At least until he got too big for his boots and was sent packing by Roman Abramovich. Now Mourinho has been back for several months and, with Ferguson gone, he wants to take over at the helm of the Premier League, making Chelsea the most powerful ‘family’ in the process.
Mourinho was being very calculated at the weekend. His antics were both clever and provocative. It felt like he was trying to make a statement of intent. And like Fergie before him, he sees Suarez as one of the biggest threats to his reign. There is obviously the rise of Manchester City, who have so many big hitters in their squad that they could probably field two sides capable of challenging for the title. But in Suarez, Liverpool have the most exciting player in the league, possibly even the World at this moment in time. And with Brendan Rodgers actively seeking reinforcements, Mourinho was trying to tarnish Suarez to minimize his impact in any future turf war.
Although Mourinho never actually named Suarez when he said ‘certain players’ are making the jobs of referees difficult, he had already accused the Uruguayan of diving once this season, so it’s not a giant leap to assume that he was once again the target of Mourinho’s venom.
The fact is though, Suarez didn’t dive. I’ve watched about 20 replays of the challenge by Brad Guzan on Suarez and it was a soft penalty to concede. When I say soft, what I mean is that Suarez was going away from goal. People say he should have stayed on his feet but if the Villa keeper had stayed on his feet rather than lunging in, there would be no penalty and no danger. He would have blocked the shot of Suarez and forced him away from goal without committing a foul. Unfortunately for Guzan, he caught Suarez as he slid in. There was contact and it was a penalty. It’s irrelevant whether the Villa keeper meant to catch him. If a player jumps in and misses the ball in the centre circle it would be a foul, so it’s a foul when it’s in the area.
What I would say is there needs to be more consistency. I’m a big advocate for allowing tackling and keeping that as part of football. I always look forward to derby matches because you know there will be tackles flying in. But the referee’s decisions differ from game to game. It’s as if they aren’t quite sure what constitutes a foul. On the continent, the challenge by Guzan would’ve been a penalty nine times out of ten. In England it’s more like six or seven. In amateur football a player would be lucky to get a penalty for that on one in ten occasions. But this isn’t amateur football. It’s professional. And the standard of refereeing and decision-making needs to be professional too.
Part of the problem is that referees can’t be criticised. Managers and players receive fines the minute they question their ability. The FA will retrospectively charge a player if an official hasn’t taken action because they can hide behind the fact that they didn’t see it. But unfair punishments never get rescinded because that would effectively be the FA saying the referees have made bad decisions. There is also only so far you can go with retrospective action before the games would suffer. The FA would end up changing results if they had to overturn every wrong decision. The answer is simple – employ better, unbiased referees or introduce video technology.
It was very intelligent of Mourinho to try and cosy up to officials by defending them in the hope that his comments would gain their allegiance and buy his team favourable decisions in the future. The sad thing is – it might work. But the one good thing that came out of all this is that it appears opinion towards Suarez is changing. Certainly many of the pundits who I’ve heard speaking about the incident seemed to back the talismanic forward on this occasion and they even highlighted that if it had been any other player involved there wouldn’t be the same debate.
For Liverpool and Suarez, we just have to hope that he continues to show the same level of performance, both physically and mentally, and that he doesn’t allow this to derail him from what is a phenomenal season. At present he is surely on course for the golden boot, the PFA Player of the Year award and even a serious contender to take next year’s Ballon d’Or, while Liverpool are in a good position to return to the top four. The best way Suarez can hit back at Mourinho is by firing his team to a win against Chelsea when they visit Anfield in April.
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