Hillsborough: Changing Perspectives

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  1. Old wag says:

    to me , the most amazing thing is that the semi final was allowed to be played at Hilsborough because it had been without a ground/stadium safety certificate for over 10 years…….

    the FA are always ignored when they should bear a great deal of the blame…..imho

  2. Tim, Leeds says:

    Thanks for this. I’ve been trying to dig out my copy of Fever Pitch, because Nick Hornby made some very telling points about the prevailing attitudes to and treatment of football fans – but as you say, he made them so strongly that he almost lets the SY Police off the hook.

    Hornby states that after a crush on the terraces, Arsenal took the fencing down at Highbury – after which, the FA refused to let the club host any more semi-finals. That’s a telling point that, if substantiated, shames the FA and makes their apology inadequate.

    He is probably right that a Hillsborough was there waiting to happen at some point. Those prevailing attitudes played their part in causing police negligence. But that doesn’t let SY Police off the hook, and I don’t just mean the senior officers, I mean the front-line as well as those in charge. I’m a little ashamed to say that I didn’t fully get that until last week.

  3. Matt says:

    I think you need to be very careful in presenting Sheffield Wednesday fans as not accepting the truth about Hillsborough, as being the last purveyors of the old lie about it being the Liverpool fans at fault. This is a lie about Sheffield Wednesday fan and the people of Sheffield, significant numbers of whom were caught up in the disaster.

    I also would be interested to see how stadiums at that time had safety cerificates, like the one Sheffield Wednesday FC had, which was basically given indefinitely – with no timetable for inspection or renewal.

    Even now there seems to be intense debate across Twitter and football message boards, but anyone can shoot their mouth off behind anonymity. If you speak to Sheffield Wednesday fans they 1) agree the club leadership failed in maintaining a safe ground 2) support the campaign for justice by the families. But, those that remember the 70s and 80s, also say this was about class – the fact the miners in the area had been crushed as a rebellious working class, and football fans weren’t view much differently.

    There’s more of the Wednesdayite perspective here:

    http://www.wednesdayite.com/voice/blogs.html

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