Football set to remember the 96

This coming Saturday, 12th April, Hednesford Town, along with all other Football League and Football Conference sides, will kick-off seven minutes later than usual in order to pay respect to the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives at Hillsborough 25 years ago.

The events of 15th April 1989 will live long in the memory of not only those who were affected directly by what happened in that FA Cup Semi-Final, but also the whole of the footballing family.

Saturday will see our home game against Guiseley kick-off at 3.07pm rather than the usual 3.00pm. At 3.06 there will be a minute’s silence at all grounds to remember all of those who lost their lives at Hillsborough on that April day with the 1989 FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest ending after just six minutes due to the problems that were occurring on the terraces.

This will not be the only form of remembrance taking place that day with supporters of both Hednesford and Guiseley being asked to bring along scarves in order to hold them aloft as the two teams enter the pitch. This is because for this match only we will be playing the iconic Liverpool theme tune ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as the two teams come out onto the pitch.

Finally, in the small seated stand behind the Hednesford End of the ground, we will be sectioning off 96 seats in order to represent those football supporters who were lost on that day. Supporter Gary Titley has also had a special flag produced in order to show the respect which HTFC intend to give to this tragedy, which will be on display in this area. We hope that supporters of both sides will join in remembering the events of 25 years ago and respect the wishes of those around them at Keys Park.

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