Rivalries put aside for anniversary

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When Bill Shankly famously said “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more important than that” – he was completely wrong.

The events of April 15th, 1989 changed the face of Liverpool Football Club and British football forever.

All football fans realise it could have been them that fateful day.

Messages of support from supporters of rival teams have been flooding in, with rivalries being put completely aside for this special anniversary.

Everton manager David Moyes paid tribute on their official website;

“I do not think it only unites this city, it unites the whole country because everybody felt the disaster.

“It could have been any football club, it just turned out to be Liverpool. That situation then could have happened to anyone at that time. It is something that hopefully we will never see again.”

Everton‘s flag will be at half-mast today at Goodison Park.

The official Arsenal website also paid tribute here. As have the Everton fans site Toffeeweb and Man United fans forum Redcafe.

Meanwhile, on our forums, messages have arrived from Everton, Man United, Arsenal and West Brom fans.

This image is from Everton‘s match at Villa Park on Sunday;

Hboro tribute Everton flag

While This Is Anfield’s Simon Pearce was at Hillsborough on Saturday to lay a wreath in remembrance of the 96 fans who lost their lives 20 years ago supporting the team they loved;

Hboro tribute Sheffield

Simon will also be laying a wreath at the Bob Paisley Memorial in Hetton-Le-Hole today.

We would love to hear what you are doing to remember the 96 today. You can pay your tributes in our book of remembrance here.

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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