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On this day 25 years ago, 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives supporting the team they loved.

Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium was abandoned at 3.06pm as tragedy unfolded behind one of the goals.

The disaster united a city in grief and today, 25 years on, it will unite a city in remembrance.

Tuesday's memorial service at Anfield was attended by Roberto Martinez, who spoke passionately at the event, along with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, Andy Burnham MP and Trevor Hicks and Margaret Aspinall from the Hillsborough Families Support Group.

The service was also be screened live at Goodison Park, with the first team squad and chairman Bill Kenwright among those in attendance. Two thousand Reds and Blues also watched on from the Park End stand.

The doors of Goodison were opened to allow supporters to watch the memorial service from Anfield and pay their respects to those who tragically lost their lives on 15 April 1989.


After the screening, Everton held a short memorial of their own at which Bill Kenwright, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines gave addresses. The Hollies singer Peter Howarth sang two songs, the second of which was He Ain't Heavy.

After the song, a group of local school children lead a procession from Goodison to Anfield holding 96 linked football scarves, symbolising the city's famous unity.

The players, management, staff and supporters of Everton have a simple message for those who lost loved ones on that fateful day - we remember and we will never forget.

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