Plaque unveiled at Goodison for the 96

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The plaque unveiled at Goodison for the 96 © Victoria Carlin

The plaque unveiled at Goodison for the 96. Pic © Victoria Carlin

A plaque to remember the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough was unveiled this weekend at Goodison Park, prior to kick-off at the Merseyside derby.

Present at the unveiling of the commemorative tribute was Margaret Aspinall, Hillsborough Family Support Group Chairwoman, Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright, and Everton fan Steve Kelly.

It was Steve’s idea to create a lasting memorial at Goodison after losing his brother in the disaster on 15th April 1989.

On Saturday, Mr Kelly was called up by Bill Kenwright from the midst of a crowd to unveil the plaque in front of more than 1,000 people who had gathered at the Stanley Park end of Goodison Park.

The derby ended in a 0-0 draw but the rivalry was not an issue at the unveiling as the Stanley Park neighbours paid fitting tribute to those who died.

Kenny Dalglish and Colin Harvey, the managers in charge of the Reds and the Blues on that fateful day in 1989, were also present at the unveiling.

The plaque depicts two young fans of the rival clubs holding hands, with the numbers 9 and 6 on their backs – “a really lovely gesture from Everton” according to Mrs Aspinall.

In 2012, the High Court quashed the accidental death verdicts in the original inquests and fresh inquests into the deaths are currently being held at Birchwood Park, Warrington.

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