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Liverpool marks 25th anniversary of Hillsborough disaster

By Josh Reich (Reuters) - Thousands gathered at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 of their fans died during an FA Cup semi-final, one of the darkest days in the history of English soccer. The supporters lost their lives in a crush at the Leppings Lane End of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground at the start of the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.

Football: Players, families honour Hillsborough dead

Liverpool stars joined relatives of the 96 Hillsborough stadium disaster victims on Tuesday as the club marked the 25th anniversary of the tragedy with a solemn memorial service at Anfield. Club captain Steven Gerrard and former manager Kenny Dalglish were among those in a crowd of around 25,000 who gathered to honour the Liverpool fans killed after a crush during an FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield in 1989.

Football: Liverpool tribute to Hillsborough disaster dead

Liverpool marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster with a solemn minute's silence before their Premier League home game with Manchester City on Sunday. Shortly before kick-off on a sun-soaked afternoon, players and fans stood with their heads bowed in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters killed in a crush during an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on April 15, 1989.

Football: Moving Wembley tribute for Hillsborough dead

Wembley was at the forefront of English football's tributes to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster on Saturday as grounds across the country fell silent in memory of the dead. The tragedy, which took place on April 15, 1989, saw 96 Liverpool fans die as a result of a crush at the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground, where the Merseyside club were playing in a FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest. Play was halted in the sixth minute as fans desperately climbed over barriers in order to reach the safe haven of the pitch.

Football: English fixtures honour Hillsborough dead

Football grounds all across England fell silent on Saturday to mark the looming 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. The tragedy, which took place on April 15, 1989, saw 96 Liverpool fans die as a result of a crush at the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground, where the Merseyside club were playing in a FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest. Play was halted in the sixth minute as fans desperately climbed over barriers in order to reach the safe haven of the pitch.

Football: Hillsborough legacy faces safe standing test

Twenty-five years on from the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, the all-seater stadia that became the tragedy's legacy are at the heart of a debate about the English fan experience. The disaster, which saw 96 Liverpool supporters crushed to death during an FA Cup semi-final, was the nadir of a desperate time for English football, with crumbling facilities and falling attendances symptomatic of a sport in decline.

Hillsborough disaster advisory

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, which saw 96 Liverpool fans lose their lives after a crush during an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in April 1989. As a mark of respect, all professional matches taking place in England will kick off at seven minutes past the hour and be preceded by a minute's silence. Fresh inquests into the victims' deaths began recently after the original coroner's verdicts were quashed in 2012 following the publication of a damning independent report into the authorities' handling of the disaster.

Football: How the Hillsborough disaster unfolded

It would be remembered as the blackest day in British sport, but Saturday, April 15, 1989 began as a perfect day for a game of football. Bright blue skies greeted fans of Liverpool and Nottingham Forest who had travelled to the industrial city of Sheffield in northern England for an FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough, home of Sheffield Wednesday. Mingled with the anticipation was a sense of deja vu. The sides had met at the same ground at the same stage of the previous season's competition, Liverpool winning 2-1.

Football: Timeline of key Hillsborough dates

Liverpool will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster on Tuesday April 15, while the families of the 96 supporters who died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final continue their fight for the truth about the tragedy. Here AFP looks back at the key dates surrounding the worst disaster in the history of English football:

Hillsborough disaster advisory

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, which saw 96 Liverpool fans lose their lives after a crush during an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in April 1989. As a mark of respect, all professional matches taking place in England will kick off at seven minutes past the hour and be preceded by a minute's silence. Fresh inquests into the victims' deaths began recently after the original coroner's verdicts were quashed in 2012 following the publication of a damning independent report into the authorities' handling of the disaster.
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