Hillsborough – Twenty 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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5 Responses

  1. Gervillian Swike says:

    I quite agree with the main message in this piece, but I would just contest one small part – I don’t think that that Cracker series did paint the victims of the disaster in a negative way. The Alby character’s latent psychoses was brought to the surface by a variety of issues in society at the time – chiefly his father’s death from cancer and the lack of care available to him, but also including the memories of Hillsborough. It wasn’t the disaster that caused it, nor was he essentially a “Hillsborough victim”, it was one aspect of his life that brought the condition to this conclusion, and which one could equally argue could have happened without the Hillsborough disaster. Seems a bit trite to debate a fictional character on a day like this, but I wanted to make the point that I think McGovern’s stance on this has always been consistent and sensitive.

  2. Allan says:

    Completly agree with the post.

    Your point about the warning sign’s is one that is somehow missed. There were lots of incidents, the most serious pre-Hillsborough was the Ibrox disater in 1971. Rangers, off their own bat, decided to do something to make sure this didn’t happen again. It’s a great pity that no-one else saw the sign’s.

  3. peter bell says:

    Hi There will never be justice from the hillsborough tragedy because the powers that be cover up there cock ups they bend the law (i say bend not break) to suite themselves. Even now 20 years on notes and documents will have been sanatized long ago, there never going to be seen to in the true light of day to show what a mess they made of things causing the deaths of 96 persons and as for Duckinfield he will have to live with what he did or di d nt do on that day but to retire on ill health and recieve a big fat pension beggers belief, this week on the 20th aniversary of hillsborough he and his wife are on guess what, holiday.kind regards peter bell liverpool

  4. Michael Oliver says:

    The mid to late eighties truly was the nadir of football in England, and the article highlights that very well.

    One question though: did Liverpool supporters have an ‘excellent reputation’ during the late eighties?

  5. john davies says:

    Why does the BBC still employ McKenzie if he had accusseb black, jewish or muslims he would have disappeared !

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