The above 96 faces are the dead from one of the worst sporting disasters in history. They are young and old, male and female, they went to a football match and they never came home.
Today Six people including two former senior police officers have been charged with criminal offences relating to the deaths of 96 people at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough football ground and the alleged police cover-up that followed.
The victims were at first accused of being drunken and disorderly and contributing to their own demise. The Sun newspaper was particularly culpable in spreading what we now know are lies about the unfortunate Liverpool F.C. fans.
It has taken 28 years of constant struggle to get to the point where some sort of justice can be done on behalf of innocent football fans who were crushed to death unnecessarily.
This case has raised many questions about the role of the police, about the role of successive governments in covering up information that has had to be prised from authorities. It also raises serious questions about the role of the press whose coverage of the disaster was in some cases simply appalling.
Last year an inquest into the disaster found the following:
The key finding for the relatives and friends was number 7, the only “no” on the list, “Supporters behaviour caused danger”.
It has taken a long time to get to today but the fact that we have is a reason to celebrate.