Wednesday, 6 April 2016


On the 15th April 1989 I was 28 years old, coming up to 29. I'm now 55 approaching 56. 

Twenty seven years is too long to live with guilt, albeit a guilt that I and thousands of other survivors shouldn't have been burdened with for 27 days never mind 27 years.  Yet we were the lucky ones - we came home.

Today we should be moving on toward a verdict that mirrors the events of that fateful day, a correct verdict, a TRUTHFUL VERDICT. 

My thoughts at this time are firstly with the 96 fellow supporters who, like me, simply went to watch a football match but never came home. Then of course it's the families and friends of those lost that day, many of whom have become friends over the years. 

We must remember however that some of those there who survived the day had their lives affected in such a massive way that they are no longer with us.  Family members and the family life of survivors have been affected by how their loved ones, who witnessed the events of the day, have changed as a result. 

Let's not forget that the jurors have had two years of their lives affected by this landmark case and I'm certain it won't have been easy for them. Hopefully they can work together to arrive at the correct conclusion. 


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