This is the first of a series of blog entries named :
Hillsborough – A Wider View
In this first entry, we look at the wider scope of the fallout from the events at Hillsborough in very brief terms.
More detail and a look at individual errors will follow in future entries.
HILLSBOROUGH- what an evocative word, or is it?
If you’re a citizen of Britain or indeed a football fan, we would strongly suggest that it should be.
On Saturday 15th April 1989, the worst ever British sporting disaster occurred, & many have taken to pen and paper, recording their thoughts, but here we ask:“What should that simple phrase, Hillsborough, April 1989, mean to a British citizen?”In short, it should bear witness to a tragic injustice of our ‘green & pleasant land’, to wear the scars of British hypocrisy & never be hidden away.
Because that dark scheme leaves a stain that seeps into many prongs of our Society, from young to old, from poor to rich, & from those of privilege to those who scrap for everything they have in life.All are touched by the events of Hillsborough, but especially by their aftermath; whether in ignorance or the criminally tragic truth.
Abundant are the names of those hypocrites, many living today & those now dead, but it is in what they did & yet what they claimed to represent, that we should never forget.
Policemen, doctors, nurses, politicians, teachers, parents, football supporters, journalists, tradesmen & executives of many sorts, have all been very powerfully touched by those 96 innocent deaths.An extraordinary account of events is for an eternity inscribed, in the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s Report.The 395-page chronicle of responsibility is not easy for any honourable person to contemplate, nor should it be; if we are to honestly remember, respect and provide justice for those who died and those who survived but are forever physically and/or emotionally scarred.
The Panel’s Report was published on Wednesday, 12th September 2012 (Wednesday’s child is full of woe), & in our view permanently changed our relationship with the British “Establishment”, because institutions now undeniably have blood on their hands, as well as those forever tarnished for publishing lies.It is an horrendous fact that if we wrote this to point the finger of blame, we would only currently fail to do so, because who exactly takes responsibility for the deaths of The 96 cannot be identified right now; precisely the reason why we have a number of investigations proceeding, & of course the crucial High Court judgement exposing very serious corruption at the heart of this nation’s judicature.
Which is why this is so much more than a sporting disaster.
It should be remembered for a very long time in our history, reminding us of what takes place when a ‘modern’ democracy seeks to quell, yes, even crush its citizens’ voice.It has been established that Policemen lied & their Force(s) colluded, that the English FA denied people their human rights for monetary profit, that people in various organisations failed to ensure grounds being used were basically safe, that coroners & medics essentially lied to hide accountability, that judges conspired to subdue the truth, & politicians connived to hinder innocent victims.
Consider now more closely, which ‘professions’ made such mendacious schemes, to trample & silence the voices of dignified memorial:
First we have to understand that such lying smears only compounded Police force failure & Ambulance service incompetence, which are now established facts.It began with an MP & Policemen’s lies, probably within minutes of the tragedy’s first victim, & once the tangled web of lies and deceit began, many would implicate themselves in its deceit and by doing so also tarnish the reputations of many innocent people and indeed a whole city.To make matters worse, journalists & press agencies bought into the lies, many without question. This only served to spread the lies not just to those alive at the time but to a whole generation who followed.Indeed, one utterly discredited agency clung to its bigoted insults, which to this day is hated.
What followed these initial lies only makes for very uncomfortable cognition, that senior Police officers could lie to protect those they saw as their own, that well respected UK coroners (themselves responsible for very serious tasks) could take part in deception, which would only brutalise & smear innocent people, denying them true justice.These are the very people we as citizens put our trust in to protect us. To uphold the law, & to ensure that there is justice when there is wrongdoing.On Hillsborough, they failed.To date not a single person has been held accountable for the deaths of 96 innocent people at Hillsborough. That is not merely unjust – it is a national disgrace.What about the football authorities though ? This happened prior to the Premier League and it happened in an English FA organised competition – their prestigious cup tournament : The FA Cup.
So where have the English FA been in all of this?
This potentially corrupted Body have said absolutely nothing of note, since the HIP published that damning Report, except a half-hearted apology that doesn’t even come close to recognizing the terrible, double injustice done, nor in any way attempt to lift the very heavy burden carried by the victims’ families, & to many more who survived Hillsborough.
It is this glaring abuse by a Governing Body which proves that it isn’t fit for purpose. Indeed as in many organisations instead of the guilty being shipped out, sacked and/or prosecuted many have been promoted or are still in other positions of influence within either the English game or abroad.
Hillsborough is a massive stain on not just Football but also the English Justice System, Democracy and indeed on basic human decency.
Justice is coming. But it is over 24 years too late for some.
With the recent announcements of Sir Alex Ferguson’sretirement, David Moyes’ departure from Everton to United, Mancini’s axing, and the inevitable exit of Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez at the end of this season. Could there be a better opportunity for FSG to invest heavily into Liverpool FC?
John W Henry
Alright, I guess heavy investment is an exaggeration on my behalf, but if Liverpool are serious about their desire to reclaim their ‘rightful’ top 4 spot, shouldn’t FSG be planning ahead for the up-and-coming transfer window?
Last week, when questioned about next seasons targets, Brendan Rodgers stated…
“We can build towards that but we need more depth, we need some more (players) in the summer.”
“If we can do that we will be looking to make a real sustainable challenge next year for the top four.”
It’s true, the depth of a squad can sometimes be a key ingredient to mounting a serious push for a top four finish, but if BR and FSG are serious about achieving that, money has to be invested in quality players, not just depth.
By focusing on bringing in players to prosper your starting XI, you can automatically add depth, as players like Henderson and Downing become impact or rotational players. Of course this is an example if you aim to strengthen in those areas, but I’m sure you catch my drift..
And when you consider the recent rumors linking Ajax’s Christian Eriksen to Liverpool, it is obvious they are capable of making big improvements to their squad, they just have to find those players and bring them in at all cost.
With the inevitable pressure any new manager has when taking over a club, without even considering the clubs sheer size which can be recognized globally, you have to presume the dynamics of the EPL’s top four could be in some form of jeopardy. After all, whats the possibility that United, City and Chelsea once again finish in the top 3?
The importance of LFC finishing in one of those top 4 positions, could be crucial to keeping the magician that is Luis Suarez at the club, and that itself, would be some form of achievement. On top of that, they only have the league and domestic cup competition to concern themselves with next season, no excuses.
In terms of who they bring in, I won’t really go to deeply into it, but essentially LFC need to acquire a CB that can provide the squad with half the presence and influence Jamie Carragher has brought to the side in the past, especially with the likelihood of ‘out of flavor’ Martin Skrtel returning to former side Zenit St. Petersburg. They might also want to ponder bringing in another striker, considering Suarez will miss 6 matches at the start of the 13/14 campaign through suspension because of, well, you know what…
In order for FSG and BR to make great strides to their desirable objectives, signing players that are capable of performing on the European stage and furthermore are willing to buy into the ambition and long-term plan that they have in mind, is an essential key to moving forward, just like Suarez, Sturridge and Coutinho did when they joined the LFC family.
Daniel Sturridge was the Hattrick hero as Liverpool came back from a goal behind to end their 2012/13 Away campaign with a 1-3 win over Fulham. Despite going down to a Dimitar Berbatov header in the first half, the Reds rallied and Sturridge levelled the scoring minutes later, bring down Wisdom’s long ball before smashing home. Keymaster Coutinho then turned on the style setting up Sturridge twice more… Post match The Redmen TV bring you Uncensored analysis and the reactions of LFC fans worldwide…
- Fulham are five points clear of the relegation zone with two games to play, but need to be cautious of complacency after relegated Reading beat them 4-2 last weekend.
- Two goals from Bryan Ruiz were not enough to distract from the fact that Fulham now have just one point from six games, and still have an outside chance of being dragged into the relegation fight.
- However, Fulham fans can take heart that against a different keeper the scoreline could have been different. Alex McCarthy made 13 saves against Fulham, the most by any keeper in the last round of games.
- At their own defensive end, Aaron Hughes holds the second cleanest defensive record in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, having averaged 541 minutes and 15 seconds between fouls this season, committing just four in total.
- Brede Hangeland, meanwhile, is one of five players in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to have made 200 or more interceptions so far this season. Hangeland has 203 to his name in total. Hangeland is also ranked third for blocks with 37 this season, and second overall for defensive contributions with 338.
- Behind Hangeland, Mark Schwarzer will become the third goalkeeper in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to make 200 saves this season. He’s made 199 to date.
- Liverpool battled out a 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby in their last league outing.
- Pepe Reina can be thanked for keeping a clean sheet in that game, making 12 saves in total, the second busiest keeper in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for the last round of games.
- Glen Johnson has impressed going forward this season, but he may wish to concentrate on setting up colleagues rather than going for goal. He has the most ‘expensive’ goal in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, having required 44 shots at goal to score once, more than any of the other players in the Premier League to be stuck on one goal. He’s 6/1 to be on target on 888sport.com.
- That’s 8 more shots at goal than any other defender in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, ahead of second placed Daniel Agger who has had 36 shots at goal in total, scoring three goals in the process.
- Liverpool’s defenders may feel they can get forward and have an attempt on goal with a midfielder of the defensive quality of Lucas in front of them, Lucas is one of 22 players in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to have attempted 100 or more tackles this season, and one of five to have done so maintaining a tackles won percentage of 60% or over (62.1%).
- Even more impressive is how quickly Lucas has got to that milestone. He has attempted 100 tackles in just 1862 minutes this season. To put that in context, Lucas has made 111 tackles in 1862 minutes, while Mohamed Diame of West Ham, who has made the next highest number of tackles, has taken 759 minutes longer to attempt just two more tackles.
The following article is being reprinted with permission of ComptonStars (a Wolves fan blog), it is about Jack Robinson’s time at Wolves while on loan from Liverpool.
I’ll cut to the chase was Jack Robinson any good during his time on loan at Wolves? and the answer would be a resounding yes after getting in the team less than 24 hours after signing he was thrown straight into the fire away to Barnsley, Jack has played nearly every game since missing just the one, including in that time a MOTM award vs Middlesborough.
The pros of Jack Robinson are certainly his decision making and timing, knowing when to drop off or go and meet the ball this is extremely impressive of somebody at 19 years old, from an offensive point of view with is extremely prevalent of fullbacks in the modern game I liked how when he was in the final third he would nearly always find a player with the cutback rather than an aimless ball into the box, again this comes down to making the correct decision with and without the ball, this in my opinion separates top footballers from average footballers, his passion, desire and no nonsense tackling ability was good to see and made him a firm fans favorite during his time at Molineux.
The cons that i picked up on Jack are he may lack a touch of dymatism that you would see from an J Enrique or Glen Johnsen (from my limited viewing of the players mentioned) the ability to get up and down to support the attack from fullback, I am not saying this wont improve in the future I am speaking how i saw it in the present, while i noted it as a positive his passion and desire were close to boiling over on a few occasions with a risky challenges he didn’t have to make whilst on a yellow card, but i don’t see that as much of an issue when you take a young players instinct away from them you are limiting them as a person and a footballer.
In my opinion do I think he could play 1st team football for Liverpool Football club in the upcoming 2013/2014 season? Answer would be yes, no doubt but not on a regular basis just yet, maybe a few games in and out, in the cups and against the smaller teams in the division where the pressure is not as great and he can develop at his own pace.
Another option is another loan I would say this is only suitable if its to a team where he will start week in week out if he can get this at a smaller Premiership team then ideal but if he has to drop to the top to the top end of the Championship i wouldn’t be against that providing he plays week in week out, i am just gutted its not with Wolves.
To conclude having Jack Robinson at Wolves was an absolute pleasure and you wont have any Wolves fans that would say a bad word about him you can be reassured Liverpool fans Jack Robinson will be your left back and possibly center back for years to come.