By Mr John Williams, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester.
April 15th 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster. I was there on that day in 1989, torn between supporting my club and doing my day job as a football researcher. As the full impact of the disaster took hold from 3.06pm, so did a researcher’s instincts. What had happened – and who was to blame? In fact, taking responsibility for events on that day was effectively sidestepped for the next two decades. Fast forward 20 years to 15 April 2009 and I was also present with an estimated 30,000 Liverpool supporters and sympathizers attending the annual memorial service at Anfield for the 96 supporters who had died at Hillsborough. This was to prove a critical juncture in the history of the various campaigns for ‘justice’ organized by supporters and bereaved Liverpool families. Read More