Hillsborough: Twenty-Two Years On


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Thank you Ian as some one that was there that fateful day watching david duckenfield runing around like a scalded cat not knowing what to do while my fellow reds were dying watching king Kenny walk down to the police box were I was standing on a half empty terrace with tears streaming down his face trying to find out what was going on watching a young liverpool fan plead with a policeman on the gate to the pitch to open it as his brother was lying dying on the floor in front of him and the police man turning his back on the fan. watching the bodys being layed out in front of my eyes on the pitch and fans trying to revive them will live with me till the day I die. If some one has to take the blame for this tragedy and there has to be it has to be the south yorkshire police they lost control of the situation like putting a line of riot dressed police officers with dogs across the center of the football pitch while people were dying like stopping liverpool fans from rescuing the injured and dying like searching liverpool fans when trying to get in to the ground which caused the back log of liverpool supporters who were panicing to get in before the kick off .It is not a nice thing to point the finger of blame at the first person’s you can latch the blame on to but I have had 22 yrs of going through the day and it all leads back to the south yorkshire police these police men were doing there duty on the day but were not trained properly enough to cope with the magtitude of the situation of the day and some of the police were scared to make the decision to open gates in case they faced disiplinary action from their superiors and this resulted in the deaths of people who had just wanted to watch their beloved football team as many many thousands of suporters did that weekend but never returned home .I would like to take the opportunity to praise the fire brigade who attended who took control of the situation as soon as they arrived and broke open gates and pulled down fences . Although I loved the earth he walked on Bill Shankly was wrong football is not worth more than life and death I found that out on the 15th of April 1989 at six minutes past three when I had to stand there and watch helpless while my fellow reds lost their lives which changed my life for ever ,

  2. I remember playing football in my garden in my replica Liverpool kit that morning then seeing the drama unfold whist visiting my Grandad’s nursing home. I always remember the date as it is also my parents wedding anniversary

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