AFC Bournemouth: Hillsborough tribute is fitting says Cherries skipper Tommy Elphick

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CHERRIES captain Tommy Elphick has described as a “fitting tribute” plans to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough stadium disaster.

All Premier League, Football League, Conference and FA Cup matches this weekend will kick-off seven minutes later than originally scheduled as a mark of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives.

The match at which the disaster took place - the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in April 1989 when 96 people were killed - was ended six minutes after kick-off at 3.06pm.

In the Premier League, Football League and Conference matches due to kick-off at 3pm tomorrow will now start at 3.07pm, with the minute before kick-off seeing a period of silence observed at all stadia.

Defender Elphick, a lifelong Liverpool supporter, will lead out Cherries when they face Championship rivals Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

He told the Daily Echo: “It will be a fitting tribute and a mark of respect and remembrance to the people who lost their lives, their families and friends and Liverpool Football Club.

“Nothing will ever make it easier for the family and friends who lost their nearest and dearest and, at times like this, supporters of all clubs come together and unite. This will be a great example of that.

“If players and supporters can keep raising awareness of what happened, what went wrong and learn from the event then it will be a positive. But closure for the families is the most important thing.

“As a Liverpool supporter, I have followed it closely down the years and it was a moving experience for me to go to Hillsborough earlier this season.

“It is a famous stadium and there have been some big games played there. Whenever you mention Hillsborough, people automatically think of that fateful day and those people who lost their lives will never be forgotten. This is an opportunity for football to unite and show our support.”

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8:01am Fri 11 Apr 14

nonnogeppetto says...

It is impossible to imagine the pain and loss felt by those who lost their loved ones twenty five years ago and to compound that loss and grief with injustice is incomprehensible. I hope that remembering the disaster in this way it will make us all remember how much we should appreciate our freedom to follow our teams and be more ready to accept some of the safety changes that ensued following that awful day. Above all, I hope that supporters everywhere will show respect for opposing fans and keep the enthusiasm to just banter and common sense.

When I looked at the fixture lists for this coming Saturday I wondered why it read 15.07 now I know. Well done to the FA, FL and all associated with football.
It is impossible to imagine the pain and loss felt by those who lost their loved ones twenty five years ago and to compound that loss and grief with injustice is incomprehensible. I hope that remembering the disaster in this way it will make us all remember how much we should appreciate our freedom to follow our teams and be more ready to accept some of the safety changes that ensued following that awful day. Above all, I hope that supporters everywhere will show respect for opposing fans and keep the enthusiasm to just banter and common sense. When I looked at the fixture lists for this coming Saturday I wondered why it read 15.07 now I know. Well done to the FA, FL and all associated with football. nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 6

8:28am Fri 11 Apr 14

afcbtintin says...

Being from Norfolk originally, I had taken my father to see Norwich play Everton at Villa Park at the other semi-final.

Even before that game finished, spectators asking what was going on in the other match were picking up from the radio "fan trouble" "hooligans" "fighting" etc.

No wonder those poor relatives have been fighting prejudice or so long. I hope the real and final truth will come out now and people responsible for fanning the flames of injustice (eg The Sun at the time) will hold their heads in shame.

God Bless Liverpool & the 96.
Being from Norfolk originally, I had taken my father to see Norwich play Everton at Villa Park at the other semi-final. Even before that game finished, spectators asking what was going on in the other match were picking up from the radio "fan trouble" "hooligans" "fighting" etc. No wonder those poor relatives have been fighting prejudice or so long. I hope the real and final truth will come out now and people responsible for fanning the flames of injustice (eg The Sun at the time) will hold their heads in shame. God Bless Liverpool & the 96. afcbtintin
  • Score: 10

11:12am Fri 11 Apr 14

mark.s says...

I'm all for remembering and respecting the events of that day and paying our respects to those who lost their lives and the families who lost loved ones.

I do sometimes worry with the constant court fighting over the exact definition of those deaths and the determination to blame the Police that day. There where many factors involved from the numbers of supporters, the stand/stadium involved. yes the police and their actions, and other official bodies as well. IF any one factor was different the tragic event wouldn't have occurred.

More effort should be put into working towards ongoing improvement in supporter safety, and stadium design, rather than constantly looking back and trying to pin everything that day on the Police involved at the time.
I'm all for remembering and respecting the events of that day and paying our respects to those who lost their lives and the families who lost loved ones. I do sometimes worry with the constant court fighting over the exact definition of those deaths and the determination to blame the Police that day. There where many factors involved from the numbers of supporters, the stand/stadium involved. yes the police and their actions, and other official bodies as well. IF any one factor was different the tragic event wouldn't have occurred. More effort should be put into working towards ongoing improvement in supporter safety, and stadium design, rather than constantly looking back and trying to pin everything that day on the Police involved at the time. mark.s
  • Score: 1

2:51pm Fri 11 Apr 14

susi.m says...

I think everyone with an interest in football remembers exactly where they were when they heard about Hillsborough.
I had builders in my house building an extension - they had the radio on. My gorgeous little 15mth old toddlers was toddling around watching the builders when the news came on the radio.
My toddler is now a beautiful well educated young woman with a good job.
How lucky am I.
Rest in peace the 96.
I think everyone with an interest in football remembers exactly where they were when they heard about Hillsborough. I had builders in my house building an extension - they had the radio on. My gorgeous little 15mth old toddlers was toddling around watching the builders when the news came on the radio. My toddler is now a beautiful well educated young woman with a good job. How lucky am I. Rest in peace the 96. susi.m
  • Score: 1

7:41pm Fri 11 Apr 14

holdinkæft says...

afcbtintin wrote:
Being from Norfolk originally, I had taken my father to see Norwich play Everton at Villa Park at the other semi-final.

Even before that game finished, spectators asking what was going on in the other match were picking up from the radio "fan trouble" "hooligans" "fighting" etc.

No wonder those poor relatives have been fighting prejudice or so long. I hope the real and final truth will come out now and people responsible for fanning the flames of injustice (eg The Sun at the time) will hold their heads in shame.

God Bless Liverpool & the 96.
After Liverpool being inolved in the tragedy at Heysal in 1985 ending in English clubs being banned for 5 years from europe. many thought they were at it again.
It surprises me that some of our fans are still wanting to ¨slap¨ other teams supporters. grow up...
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: Being from Norfolk originally, I had taken my father to see Norwich play Everton at Villa Park at the other semi-final. Even before that game finished, spectators asking what was going on in the other match were picking up from the radio "fan trouble" "hooligans" "fighting" etc. No wonder those poor relatives have been fighting prejudice or so long. I hope the real and final truth will come out now and people responsible for fanning the flames of injustice (eg The Sun at the time) will hold their heads in shame. God Bless Liverpool & the 96.[/p][/quote]After Liverpool being inolved in the tragedy at Heysal in 1985 ending in English clubs being banned for 5 years from europe. many thought they were at it again. It surprises me that some of our fans are still wanting to ¨slap¨ other teams supporters. grow up... holdinkæft
  • Score: 0

7:46pm Fri 11 Apr 14

holdinkæft says...

holdinkæft wrote:
afcbtintin wrote:
Being from Norfolk originally, I had taken my father to see Norwich play Everton at Villa Park at the other semi-final.

Even before that game finished, spectators asking what was going on in the other match were picking up from the radio "fan trouble" "hooligans" "fighting" etc.

No wonder those poor relatives have been fighting prejudice or so long. I hope the real and final truth will come out now and people responsible for fanning the flames of injustice (eg The Sun at the time) will hold their heads in shame.

God Bless Liverpool & the 96.
After Liverpool being inolved in the tragedy at Heysal in 1985 ending in English clubs being banned for 5 years from europe. many thought they were at it again.
It surprises me that some of our fans are still wanting to ¨slap¨ other teams supporters. grow up...
Thirty-nine people—mostly Juventus fans—died and 600 were injured.

Approximately one hour before the Juventus-Liverpool final was due to kick off, a large group of Liverpool fans breached a fence separating them from a "neutral area" which contained Juventus fans. The Juventus fans ran back on the terraces and away from the threat into a concrete retaining wall. Fans already seated near the wall were crushed; eventually the wall collapsed. Many people climbed over to safety, but many others died or were badly injured. The game was played despite the disaster in order to prevent further violence.

The tragedy resulted in all English football clubs being placed under an indefinite ban by UEFA from all European competitions (lifted in 1990–91), with Liverpool being excluded for an additional year and fourteen Liverpool fans found guilty of manslaughter and each sentenced to three years' imprisonment. The disaster was later described as "The darkest hour in the history of the UEFA competitions".
[quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: Being from Norfolk originally, I had taken my father to see Norwich play Everton at Villa Park at the other semi-final. Even before that game finished, spectators asking what was going on in the other match were picking up from the radio "fan trouble" "hooligans" "fighting" etc. No wonder those poor relatives have been fighting prejudice or so long. I hope the real and final truth will come out now and people responsible for fanning the flames of injustice (eg The Sun at the time) will hold their heads in shame. God Bless Liverpool & the 96.[/p][/quote]After Liverpool being inolved in the tragedy at Heysal in 1985 ending in English clubs being banned for 5 years from europe. many thought they were at it again. It surprises me that some of our fans are still wanting to ¨slap¨ other teams supporters. grow up...[/p][/quote]Thirty-nine people—mostly Juventus fans—died and 600 were injured. Approximately one hour before the Juventus-Liverpool final was due to kick off, a large group of Liverpool fans breached a fence separating them from a "neutral area" which contained Juventus fans. The Juventus fans ran back on the terraces and away from the threat into a concrete retaining wall. Fans already seated near the wall were crushed; eventually the wall collapsed. Many people climbed over to safety, but many others died or were badly injured. The game was played despite the disaster in order to prevent further violence. The tragedy resulted in all English football clubs being placed under an indefinite ban by UEFA from all European competitions (lifted in 1990–91), with Liverpool being excluded for an additional year and fourteen Liverpool fans found guilty of manslaughter and each sentenced to three years' imprisonment. The disaster was later described as "The darkest hour in the history of the UEFA competitions". holdinkæft
  • Score: 0

10:05am Sat 12 Apr 14

pokesdown1 says...

Pre Issued Tickets and Booze.

Waves of fans falling down the Kop was nothing new.

Ironic that Bradford City were featured in last nights game.
Pre Issued Tickets and Booze. Waves of fans falling down the Kop was nothing new. Ironic that Bradford City were featured in last nights game. pokesdown1
  • Score: -1

1:55pm Sat 12 Apr 14

rednblack37 says...

mark.s wrote:
I'm all for remembering and respecting the events of that day and paying our respects to those who lost their lives and the families who lost loved ones.

I do sometimes worry with the constant court fighting over the exact definition of those deaths and the determination to blame the Police that day. There where many factors involved from the numbers of supporters, the stand/stadium involved. yes the police and their actions, and other official bodies as well. IF any one factor was different the tragic event wouldn't have occurred.

More effort should be put into working towards ongoing improvement in supporter safety, and stadium design, rather than constantly looking back and trying to pin everything that day on the Police involved at the time.
As far as I'm aware it's been proven that there were still people alive after the 3.15pm 'cut-off ' and if ambulances had been allowed into the stadium, some could have been saved.......that was a police decision and it was WRONG. They should have done all they could and they didn't. If it was my son/daughter/husband etc I would be doing the same even 25 years on. It's only right that people are held to account when deaths result as a consequence of their decisions. You can't blame the number of supporters, there were about 10,000 Leeds supporters at Dean Court just over a year after Hillsborough for THAT day, but as far as I know, no-one died - the correct decisions were made at the ground about how to handle it, the stadium didn't get overcrowded and fans were locked out - there was no decision to open a gate and let fans flood in.
[quote][p][bold]mark.s[/bold] wrote: I'm all for remembering and respecting the events of that day and paying our respects to those who lost their lives and the families who lost loved ones. I do sometimes worry with the constant court fighting over the exact definition of those deaths and the determination to blame the Police that day. There where many factors involved from the numbers of supporters, the stand/stadium involved. yes the police and their actions, and other official bodies as well. IF any one factor was different the tragic event wouldn't have occurred. More effort should be put into working towards ongoing improvement in supporter safety, and stadium design, rather than constantly looking back and trying to pin everything that day on the Police involved at the time.[/p][/quote]As far as I'm aware it's been proven that there were still people alive after the 3.15pm 'cut-off ' and if ambulances had been allowed into the stadium, some could have been saved.......that was a police decision and it was WRONG. They should have done all they could and they didn't. If it was my son/daughter/husband etc I would be doing the same even 25 years on. It's only right that people are held to account when deaths result as a consequence of their decisions. You can't blame the number of supporters, there were about 10,000 Leeds supporters at Dean Court just over a year after Hillsborough for THAT day, but as far as I know, no-one died - the correct decisions were made at the ground about how to handle it, the stadium didn't get overcrowded and fans were locked out - there was no decision to open a gate and let fans flood in. rednblack37
  • Score: 0

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