Remember the 96

Crispin is too modest to mention this, but he read his recent Hillsborough poem out on the 20th Anniversary of Hillsborough (15th April) on the radio, on the BBC Five Live ‘606 Phone In’ show (just after the Man Utd and Arsenal games.) This is further evidence that the Football Poets website is getting more and more media recognition.


There were many there that day –

96 more than came back.

Football fans just the same as us.

Families – just the same as us.

They’ll never be forgotten.

They’ll Never Walk Alone.

This site will always remember them and honour them.

Today, 20 years on, we should remember too :

their families

their friends

the injured

those who survived

all those who were there on that fateful day

the Forest fans

the Wednesday fans

the players on the pitch

Liverpool FC, who conducted themselves so magnificently in the aftermatch

the city of Liverpool – who united in grief

the Emergency Services attending

But first and foremost …

the 96.

See Crispin’s corner for our commemorative poems.
Click here to view editorial & poems

And I leave you with the words of a Liverpool native, from
Parry Maguire

The Day Truth Died (15th April 1989)

The LiverBird hangs her noble head
Her tears stains the earth with blood
For 96 of her children were lost that day
Her daughters and her sons

The chimes of Justice silent still
The days still waits to dawn
To herald in the words of truth
That died, still not reborn

A paper’s millions count the cost
Accountants shake their heads
Yet not for loved ones that day lost
But copies left on shelves

A grieving city closed its ranks
And comfort sought the light
The paper ran home to its banks
Then printed up its lies

Some politicians saw a chance
Poured bile into those wounds
“Robbin’ Scousers, thievin’ scum”
“The S** says so it’s true”

Leppings lane a killing field
Football’s Somme for sure
The 96 Souls remember them
Each name upon that wall.

For The 96 Men, Women and Children…

John Alfred Anderson (62)
Colin Mark Ashcroft (19)
James Gary Aspinall (18)
Kester Roger Marcus Ball (16)
Gerard Bernard Patrick Baron (67)
Simon Bell (17)
Barry Sidney Bennett (26)
David John Benson (22)
David William Birtle (22)
Tony Bland (22)
Paul David Brady (21)
Andrew Mark Brookes (26)
Carl Brown (18)
David Steven Brown (25)
Henry Thomas Burke (47)
Peter Andrew Burkett (24)
Paul William Carlile (19)
Raymond Thomas Chapman (50)
Gary Christopher Church (19)
Joseph Clark (29)
Paul Clark (18)
Gary Collins (22)
Stephen Paul Copoc (20)
Tracey Elizabeth Cox (23)
James Philip Delaney (19)
Christopher Barry Devonside (18)
Christopher Edwards (29)
Vincent Michael Fitzsimmons (34)
Thomas Steven Fox (21)
Jon-Paul Gilhooley (10)
Barry Glover (27)
Ian Thomas Glover (20)
Derrick George Godwin (24)
Roy Harry Hamilton (34)
Philip Hammond (14)
Eric Hankin (33)
Gary Harrison (27)
Stephen Francis Harrison (31)
Peter Andrew Harrison (15)
David Hawley (39)
James Robert Hennessy (29)
Paul Anthony Hewitson (26)
Carl Darren Hewitt (17)
Nicholas Michael Hewitt (16)
Sarah Louise Hicks (19)
Victoria Jane Hicks (15)
Gordon Rodney Horn (20)
Arthur Horrocks (41)
Thomas Howard (39)
Thomas Anthony Howard (14)
Eric George Hughes (42)
Alan Johnston (29)
Christine Anne Jones (27)
Gary Philip Jones (18)
Richard Jones (25)
Nicholas Peter Joynes (27)
Anthony Peter Kelly (29)
Michael David Kelly (38)
Carl David Lewis (18)
David William Mather (19)
Brian Christopher Mathews (38)
Francis Joseph McAllister (27)
John McBrien (18)
Marion Hazel McCabe (21)
Joseph Daniel McCarthy (21)
Peter McDonnell (21)
Alan McGlone (28)
Keith McGrath (17)
Paul Brian Murray (14)
Lee Nicol (14)
Stephen Francis O’Neill (17)
Jonathon Owens (18)
William Roy Pemberton (23)
Carl William Rimmer (21)
David George Rimmer (38)
Graham John Roberts (24)
Steven Joseph Robinson (17)
Henry Charles Rogers (17)
Colin Andrew Hugh William Sefton (23)
Inger Shah (38)
Paula Ann Smith (26)
Adam Edward Spearritt (14)
Philip John Steele (15)
David Leonard Thomas (23)
Patrik John Thompson (35)
Peter Reuben Thompson (30)
Stuart Paul William Thompson (17)
Peter Francis Tootle (21)
Christopher James Traynor (26)
Martin Kevin Traynor (16)
Kevin Tyrrell (15)
Colin Wafer (19)
Ian David Whelan (19)
Martin Kenneth Wild (29)
Kevin Daniel Williams (15)
Graham John Wright (17)



© P Maguire


Source: https://footballpoets.org/news/2009/04/15/remember-the-96/