- 26 Jan 2006
- Wherever I lay my hat that's my home
Typical police lies. It's been comprehensively shown that ticketless fans weren't a significant issue as the Taylor Report showed that there was about as many people in the Leppings Lane as tickets issued. There was no army of ticketless fans. And the well-established operational plan, which Duckenfield chose to ignore, had police cordons on Leppings Lane checking tickets so no ticketless fans could get to the turnstiles. So even if they did, that was all down to a negligent Match Commander.I worked on it for over three years.
True it wasn’t the one persons fault who they tried to pin it on. There was also no cover up!
It was a combination of factors that all created the perfect storm. (FA allocation, ticketless fans, drunkenness, inexperienced match commander, inadequate health and safety regs at the stadium, pens erected at the stadiums to contain fathe glorious weather, the fact the Grand National was on, the fact the Snooker Championships had started, the fact Everton were playing in the other semi) All of these had an impact some more than others but it created a unique scenario.
Even Beardsley hitting the bar in the first minute...that created the initial big surge if I recall.
Sadly it would have happened at one of the big stadiums sooner than later as health and safety was the least of the worries back then and clubs were ran like corner shops.
And alcohol wasn't an issue, despite the police insisting that all the victims were tested for alcohol in the blood. None were found to have consumed significant amounts. And if they did, so what? People have a drink before football matches.
The fact is that Hillsborough, as an unsafe stadium, was an accident waiting to happen at that time. But even that might have been avoided except that Duckenfield fucked up time and time again, knew he'd fucked up almost instantly and in true police fashion a cover up was instituted by lying and briefing the media. That's a tactic the police clearly still use today. He knew he'd given the order to open the gates yet told a barefaced lie that fans had forced it just minutes later. He was a lazy, lying, negligent **** and should have served time.
And those lies played a large part in how we're treated as fans over 30 years on, with not being allowed to drink at our seats, on coaches or on trains, along with other numerous humiliations.