Hillsborough charity match announced

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Hillsborough memorial crowd at Anfield on the 24th anniversary of the disaster. Pic by Alice Kirkland

Hillsborough memorial crowd at Anfield on the 24th anniversary of the disaster. Pic by Alice Kirkland

A special charity match between former Liverpool legends will take place at Anfield, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

The event will take place on Monday 21st April, with proceeds being split between the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) and the Liverpool FC Foundation.

One side will feature local Liverpoolstars such as Robbie Fowler, Jamie Carragher and Steve McManaman and will be managed by former Reds manager Kenny Dalglish, who returned to the club in an ambassadorial role in October.

The other side will feature international Liverpool heroes such as Luis Garcia and Jan Molby and will be managed by Gerard Houllier.

The event will also include a community football session on the pitch, with first team, academy and ladies players from the club all involved.

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the HFSG, said: “We wanted to host an event to celebrate the lives of the 96 and give people the opportunity to come to Anfield for a fun afternoon.

“We’ve decided to split the proceeds with LFC’s Foundation, so it will not only support the families, but also support future generations within the Liverpool community.”

Dalglish, who will take charge of the local legends side, added: “This is a great opportunity for the families and fans to come together at Anfield for a celebration in honour of the 96.

“Everyone here at Liverpool Football Club is behind this event and it is also great to see so many former players travelling in to make this a special day.”

Tickets are available at £15 for adults and £5 for children and have gone on sale to season ticket holders and LFC members today, with a general sale on March 10.

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