A who’s who of former Liverpool players returned to Anfield on Easter Monday for a Celebration Of The 96 charity match to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
A capacity crowd turned out to see a “local” legends side take on an “international” legends XI, managed by former bosses Kenny Dalglish and Gerard Houllier.
The matched ended in a 2-2 draw, with Robbie Fowler scoring both goals for the “home” side. Fowler scored an injury time penalty to cancel out goals from Vladimir Smicer and Bruno Cheyrou.
Comedian John Bishop missed a penalty with minutes remaining, David James denying the Reds’ supporter a goal at The Kop end – Bishop having also hit the post.
There were Anfield returns for Istanbul Sami Hyypia, Luis Garcia, Didi Hamann, and Smicer.
Michael Owen also made a return to Anfield, lining up alongside Fowler and Steve McManaman and adding a very mid-1990’s feel to the match.
It was a family occasion, raising funds for the Hillsborough Family Support Group and LFC Foundation.
Pre-match entertainment included the current Liverpool side on the pitch playing against local kids, with the current squad watching on from the stands for the match itself.
Poignant scene at the Hillsborough memorial today. pic.twitter.com/z0JL8GNAoe
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) April 21, 2014