Liverpool thread 2020/21

Prestwich_Blue

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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.
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.

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.
 
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Margaret Aspinall, of the Hillsborough support group pulling no punches, good on her - quite like this bit

Ms Aspinall, who is the former chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group which recently disbanded, said the "yobs" who threw objects at Real's coach were "a disgrace".

"They are worse than thugs. They are no use to society," she said.

"It discredits not only the city but the club, Jurgen [Klopp], [and] the players."
Good to see

Based on this, I expect some moments of introspection from the bus wreckers and subsequent amendment of behaviour moving forward, both as a club and fanbase.
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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.

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.
One point I would make @Prestwich_Blue
No one is saying the deceased were drunk but many of us know how some of their fans behaved then (and still do) Alcohol and bad behaviour played a part in an appalling tragedy that cost innocent people their life. Their behaviour during the 2 coach attacks is on a smaller scale but ultimately could prove very costly for an innocent person
 

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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.

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.
I understand and take on board what you are saying, and of course the police were at fault for part of the outcome on that day, only an idiot would suggest otherwise. The part that infuriates the most is the complete disregard that Liverpool fans contributed in any way shape or form. Football stadiums, along with every aspect of life we’re handled very differently in the 1980’s, health and safety especially. Looking back 30 odd years later to say that “this was wrong” by today’s standards is completely unacceptable and you can’t judge something that happened using today’s protocols as a benchmark. That day was fucked up on so many levels, and lots of factors are contributing to the awful outcome that saw 96 people never return from a football match, to state (regardless of and court ruling) that there was one factor that resulted in the outcome is ridiculous.
Liverpool fans had a reputation prior to Hillsborough, read any of the autobiographies of former Liverpool hooligans who actively advertise what they were up to, look at the history books, newspapers, eye witness accounts, and bringing it right up to date, 2 years ago when they decided that bottles and bricks been hurled onto City buses as they approached Anfield was an acceptable form of behaviour. They are a different breed, a few screws loose who are ashamed of nothing on their tarnished past, yet are the first to be offended at the slightest thing.
To conclude, Liverpool FC and their fans are a disgrace on the modern game and an embarrassment not only to themselves, but English football which has done so much (yet still has so much to do) to remove the thuggish tag that marred the game for so long. Don’t even get me started on the racist angle and take on the club, that’s for a different day
 

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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.

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.
The fans inside were predominately ticket holders, if I'd have been at that game I'd have been inside already and that's why the deaths were valid supporters however, the masses outside I'd suggest were less likely to have tickets.

As with @bluebanana83 I did a lot of background stuff on this, I applied for a job to work on the enquiry gathering statements but wasn't successful.
 

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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.

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.
Well said PB. People should be able to readily distinguish Hillsborough and Heysel and each tragedy’s associated culpability.
 

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I understand and take on board what you are saying, and of course the police were at fault for part of the outcome on that day, only an idiot would suggest otherwise. The part that infuriates the most is the complete disregard that Liverpool fans contributed in any way shape or form. Football stadiums, along with every aspect of life we’re handled very differently in the 1980’s, health and safety especially. Looking back 30 odd years later to say that “this was wrong” by today’s standards is completely unacceptable and you can’t judge something that happened using today’s protocols as a benchmark. That day was fucked up on so many levels, and lots of factors are contributing to the awful outcome that saw 96 people never return from a football match, to state (regardless of and court ruling) that there was one factor that resulted in the outcome is ridiculous.
Liverpool fans had a reputation prior to Hillsborough, read any of the autobiographies of former Liverpool hooligans who actively advertise what they were up to, look at the history books, newspapers, eye witness accounts, and bringing it right up to date, 2 years ago when they decided that bottles and bricks been hurled onto City buses as they approached Anfield was an acceptable form of behaviour. They are a different breed, a few screws loose who are ashamed of nothing on their tarnished past, yet are the first to be offended at the slightest thing.
To conclude, Liverpool FC and their fans are a disgrace on the modern game and an embarrassment not only to themselves, but English football which has done so much (yet still has so much to do) to remove the thuggish tag that marred the game for so long. Don’t even get me started on the racist angle and take on the club, that’s for a different day
I've certainly no love for these feral Liverpool-supporting scum who behave badly but it's simply wrong to link that to Hillsborough.

A lot of things went wrong on the day but the two biggest contributory factors by far were the stadium and the police management of the pre-match build up of fans. Alcohol & tickets weren't significant factors, if they were even factors at all.

Those buying into and propagating "they were all pissed" lies simply contribute to the bias against football fans displayed by the authorities. There's a connection between mindlessly spouting that and the fact we can't be trusted to have a drink on the trains and coaches taking us to games.
 

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Good to see

Based on this, I expect some moments of introspection from the bus wreckers and subsequent amendment of behaviour moving forward, both as a club and fanbase.
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Sorry, ignore that. I just realised I’m in completely the wrong Universe?

No they wont give a shit what she said as they are vile.
 

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