Hillsborough tributes flood in

Fernando Torres dedicated his two goals in the win over Blackburn on Saturday in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters who tragically died in the Hillsborough disaster twenty years ago this week.

Torres pointed to the heavens following his wonderful opener and after the match said “These goals are for the 96 and their families”.

The Spanish forward, currently in sensational form, recognised the importance of the anniversary, “I know that Saturday was a special day for them with it being the home game closest to the anniversary,” he told the official website.

“All the goals are for the fans and the families. On Wednesday we will see all of them and we know it is an important day for them and for all Liverpool supporters.

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s clash with Chelsea, he said “It makes Tuesday all the more important. We have to try to do it for the families and the 96.” It sure would be a perfect way to head into the anniversary on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in an interview with LFC TV, has described the bahviour of Liverpool fans on April 15th, 1989, as “magnificent. He also speaks how those who blamed the fans for the disaster were wrong and that the 96 who died must never be forgotten. In an interview to be shown on LFC TV on Monday night, the PM said:

“I think that the families, in trying to cope with this disaster, have had the support of all decent minded people across the country. I think that’s probably what matters most: that people understood that the behaviour of Liverpool fans in helping each other was, as I think the judge said, ‘Magnificent’; that it was wrong for people to blame, as some did, Liverpool fans on that day and it’s right that the Freedom of the City has been given to the families of Liverpool fans on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of this disaster.” [Full Story.]

Saturday’s match was preceded by an impeccably observed minute’s silence, which was recognised by Rafa Benitez in his post-match interview.

FOARAnd Sunday saw Fields of Anfield Road enter the UK Charts at number 16, an impressive entry for the charity single which has seen HMV run out of stock in the North West – where the song reached number 1 in the regional charts. Another 10,000 copies have been made available so if you haven’t bought if yet, do so online at HMV, or from iTunes.

You can hear about how Fields of Anfield Road was founded, by listening to our new commemorative podcast featuring Peter Hooton and Lord Mayor Steve Rotheram.
TIA Podcast: Hillsborough Anniversary Special, Part One