15 April-Hillsborough Disaster

The Hillsborough Disaster occurred during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. The disaster occurred at the Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield, England. A human crush at the stadium led to 96 people dying and 766 being injured. It was Britain’s worst sporting disaster.

The match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest began as scheduled at 3:00 pm. Fans were still entering the stadium at kick-off. In an attempt to ease overcrowding at an entrance to the stadium an exit gate was opened. This however, allowed fans into an already overcrowded section of the stadium. The resulting human crush led to what has become known as the Hillsborough Disaster.

The referee, Ray Lewis, stopped the match at 3:05:30. Both teams were ushered to their dressing rooms. They were told the match would be postponed for 30 minutes. In the event the match was abandoned. It was played three weeks later at Old Trafford in Manchester. The game which was attended by 38,000 fans resulted in a 3 – 1 victory for Liverpool. Liverpool went on to win the 1989 FA Cup.

The Hillsborough Disaster, in which 96 people lost their lives and 766 were injured, occurred during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in the year 1989 On This Day.

Hillsborough Memorial

 

 

 

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