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Wednesday 15th April 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the disaster in Sheffield that cost 96 fellow fans their lives.
As is the custom, the Hillsborough Family Support Group will be organising a memorial service to mark the occasion and to remember those who died.
The service will be inter-denominational and will take place on the Kop at Anfield. It will commence at 2.45pm, include a two minute silence at 3.06pm and conclude at about 3.30pm with the singing of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
Tickets are not required and Liverpool Football Club extends an open invitation to you to join the families, the Directors, officials and players plus thousands of fellow football fans in our annual act of remembrance.
This year is expected to be exceptionally well attended and we would ask that you allow adequate time and plan to be in early. Entrances will be open at 2.00pm, on both sides of the Kop. In the event of the Kop being full for this occasion, extra seating will be provided in the Lower Centenary Stand.
A candle will be lit to remember each individual life that was extinguished prematurely and we rely upon the eternal flame of the Hillsborough Memorial to burn some light into the darkest night.
For many, Wednesday April 15th will be just a normal working day and there will be others who are unable to attend – despite wishing otherwise but everyone is invited to join us in spirit and spare a thought, say a private prayer or even light a candle in their minds.
John Alfred Anderson (62) Thomas Howard (39)
Colin Mark Ashcroft (19) Thomas Anthony Howard (14)
James Gary Aspinall (18) Eric George Hughes (42)
Kester Roger Marcus Ball (16) Alan Johnston (29)
Gerard Bernard Patrick Baron (67) Christine Anne Jones (27)
Simon Bell (17) Gary Philip Jones (18)
Barry Sidney Bennett (26) Richard Jones (25)
David John Benson (22) Nicholas Peter Joynes (27)
David William Birtle (22) Anthony Peter Kelly (29)
Tony Bland (22) Michael David Kelly (38)
Paul David Brady (21) Carl David Lewis (18)
Andrew Mark Brookes (26) David William Mather (19)
Carl Brown (18) Brian Christopher Mathews (38)
David Steven Brown (25) Francis Joseph McAllister (27)
Henry Thomas Burke (47) John McBrien (18)
Peter Andrew Burkett (24) Marion Hazel McCabe (21)
Paul William Carlile (19) Joseph Daniel McCarthy (21)
Raymond Thomas Chapman (50) Peter McDonnell (21)
Gary Christopher Church (19) Alan McGlone (28)
Joseph Clark (29) Keith McGrath (17)
Paul Clark (18) Paul Brian Murray (14)
Gary Collins (22) Lee Nicol (14)
Stephen Paul Copoc (20) Stephen Francis O’Neill (17)
Tracey Elizabeth Cox (23) Jonathon Owens (18)
James Philip Delaney (19) William Roy Pemberton (23)
Christopher Barry Devonside (18) Carl William Rimmer (21)
Christopher Edwards (29) David George Rimmer (38)
Vincent Michael Fitzsimmons (34) Graham John Roberts (24)
Thomas Steven Fox (21) Steven Joseph Robinson (17)
Jon-Paul Gilhooley (10) Henry Charles Rogers (17)
Barry Glover (27) Colin Andrew Hugh William Sefton (23)
Ian Thomas Glover (20) Inger Shah (38)
Derrick George Godwin (24) Paula Ann Smith (26)
Roy Harry Hamilton (34) Adam Edward Spearritt (14)
Philip Hammond (14) Philip John Steele (15)
Eric Hankin (33) David Leonard Thomas (23)
Gary Harrison (27) Patrik John Thompson (35)
Stephen Francis Harrison (31) Peter Reuben Thompson (30)
Peter Andrew Harrison (15) Stuart Paul William Thompson (17)
David Hawley (39) Peter Francis Tootle (21)
James Robert Hennessy (29) Christopher James Traynor (26)
Paul Anthony Hewitson (26) Martin Kevin Traynor (16)
Carl Darren Hewitt (17) Kevin Tyrrell (15)
Nicholas Michael Hewitt (16) Colin Wafer (19)
Sarah Louise Hicks (19) Ian David Whelan (19)
Victoria Jane Hicks (15) Martin Kenneth Wild (29)
Gordon Rodney Horn (20) Kevin Daniel Williams (15)
Arthur Horrocks (41) Graham John Wright (17)
I have been a Red for 30 years, growing up in the island nation of Malta during the 70s and 80s and then moving to the US in 1992. I reside in South Florida, am married to my wonderful wife Mari and we are proud parents of two boys, Paul & Alex. I do not claim to be a football expert, I am just a Liverpool Supporter who bleeds Red and has a lot to say :-). I am currently Director of Web Development at a top-notch travel company. My web development work has included companies in the UK, Malta & the US and ranged in size for very small businesses to fortune 500 companies. In 1996 I was the founder of the Maltese portal Search Malta and am currently the owner of Search Europe.
I do find it hard to comprehend how someone can suddenly chose to support a team as I do not know exactly how I became a Liverpool Supporter. I did not wake up one morning and say “I am going to support Liverpool today”, it was something that grew with me, it is more like a calling than anything. I am sure there are thousands of Reds who feel the same way I do.
I do not remember Bill Shankly as a manager however I do remember Bob Paisley and the European Cup Final of 1981 when Alan ‘Barney Rubble’ Kennedy scored the winning goal. The 1984 final was the best LFC memory (until Istanbul) but unfortunately it was followed by Heysel a year later and then in 1989 the shock of the Hillsborough tragedy. I visited Anfield just 10 months after Hillsborough and I can still remember how I was moved to the Kop’s rendition of Y.N.W.A.
I moved to the US in 1992 and it was very hard to get the results let alone watch the games live. I had to wait until Sunday when the newspaper would have a very small 2 inch section with all the Football results. The Internet however changed everything and by 1994 I was able to start to get the results earlier and then in 1996 we started to get some live matches on TV. Things are different now, I get all Liverpool games live and of course I have more internet resources that I could ever imagine.
The purpose of this site is to provide a global community and resource for Reds scattered all over the world, the blog is the first phase of this project.