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Martinez: A Time To Unite

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Roberto Martinez says the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster will be a time for Everton and Liverpool to once again put their footballing rivalry to one side and stand "shoulder to shoulder" in support of the families affected by the 1989 tragedy.

Everton announced plans on Thursday to screen the scheduled Anfield memorial service live from Goodison Park on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 April.

In a display of continued support for the Hillsborough Family Support Group, chairman Bill Kenwright and Everton's first-team squad will be in attendance at Goodison, while Martinez will be among those speaking at Anfield.

"Obviously it's such a significant moment coming on the back of all the events we've had over the last couple of years," said Martinez on Friday. "Twenty-five years to the day that it happened, it's very important for us to show our support and our warmth within the city and it's time to put the rivalry to the side, stand shoulder to shoulder with our neighbours and show that we are very much with them.

"I think it will be important for our fans to be there with our team and everyone at Everton to show our respects and everything we feel that is important for the city on such a significant day."

After the screening, Everton will hold a short memorial of their own, after which a group of local school children will lead a procession from Goodison Park to Anfield, holding 96 linked football scarves to represent the unity of the two clubs in the two-and-a-half decades since the disaster.

To attend the live screening, supporters will require a ticket and they are now available from the Club's tickets outlets, including the Park End box office, Everton Two, Everton One and TicketQuarter in Queen Square. Please call 0871 663 1878* for more information.

Seating will be unreserved and is limited to the Park End only. Limited car parking spaces will be available in the Park End and at Gwladys Street School.

Last week, Everton announced that the Club would erect a memorial plaque to pay tribute to the 96 fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough.

Everton will also hold a period of remembrance ahead of the Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday 16 April.

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