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GUARDIAN – Sunlit service at Anfield marks 25 years since 96 died in Hillsborough disaster

Around 24,000 were there, including Andy Burnham, the minister who took the call for justice to the heart of the establishmentAfter six days of heartbreaking testimony by bereaved families at the new inquest into how 96 people met their deaths at the Hillsborough football ground in 1989, there was a warmth close to celebration to the service at Liverpool’s sun-blessed Anfield home marking 25 years since the disaster.The grievous loss the families suffered was remembered: of sons, daughters, fathers, grandfathers, fathers-to-be, a mother who went off to support Liverpool in that FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest under similar spring sunshine and clear blue skies. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Andy Burnham pays tribute to Hillsborough campaign for justice

MP speaking at 25th anniversary memorial service at Anfield Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez among speakersAndy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said the tireless campaign for the truth of what happened at Hillsborough in 1989 had made the city of Liverpool stronger and “will make our country fairer” at the memorial service to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster.A crowd of over 24,000 gathered at Anfield on Tuesday to remember the 96 people who died at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989. Among them was Burnham who, as minister for culture, media and sport in Gordon Brown’s government on the 20th anniversary in 2009, was on the receiving end of the crowd’s anger at the establishment’s response to the disaster. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – From the archive, 1989: Angry grief in Liverpool following Hillsborough disaster

Observer, 16 April 1989: Twenty-five years ago, a city struggled to understand why so many lives were lost at a football matchFans returning to the club’s famous Anfield ground wept at the foot of the huge ornamental gates dedicated to the late Bill Shankly, the former Liverpool manager, and topped with the legend ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.A few wreaths of flowers had been left by well-wishers, and even fans of local rivals Everton came to pass on condolences to the bereaved who stood numb in the spring night. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Manchester City’s relaunched women’s team favourites to win Super League | Anna Kessel

With two divisions for the first time and more media and commercial interest, the female brand of football aims to put its boom-and-bust past behind it this season”We think over the next four years WSL1 will be full-time professionals,” says Kelly Simmons, the Football Association’s director of the national game and women’s football. “Four years ago I remember talking to England players and they were giving up their holidays, working full time, trying to train at night, giving it all up to play for England. A big part of creating WSL was to make them full time and raise the standards in this country.” Continue reading…

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