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Everton's Hillsborough Tribute

Blues remember the 96 ahead of game against Newcastle.

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Everton paid tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster on Monday night ahead of the Club's 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.

After 23 years of campaigning, previously unseen documents were finally released to the public last week shedding light on operational failures in the build-up to the 1989 tragedy and a subsequent cover-up by authorities which sought to deflect blame on to supporters.

In recognition of the breakthrough and the hurt the revelations have caused on Merseyside, the two teams were led out for the Premier League encounter at Goodison Park by mascots wearing both the blue of Everton and red of Liverpool. With the numbers '9' and '6' on their backs, they then stood side-by-side in the centre circle, displaying ‘96’. Everton's ball boys for the match also wore tracksuits with the number ‘96’ on the front.

Directly before kick off, the 33-000 strong crowd joined in a sustained period of applause as the names of the victims were displayed on the stadium's screens against a backdrop of The Hollies' 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'.

Liverpool Football Club were quick to thank Everton for their efforts, with managing director Ian Ayre saying: "I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all the staff and fans at Everton Football Club from everyone at Liverpool for the display of support you have shown the Hillsborough families tonight.

"We've always been great rivals on the pitch but off it, the two clubs have always supported each other. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Everton Football Club was there for us and that solidarity was on display again last week when the Hillsborough Independent Panel's findings were revealed.

"At times like this, football rivalries take a back seat - something that makes this city unique and I think supporters of both clubs can be immensely proud of the way they have conducted themselves over the past days, weeks and years since the tragedy."


Dieter HankeThank you EFC for this amazing tribute. From a life long LFC supporter in Germany....Justice for the 96

Wednesday 19th September 07:26 Report Comment

Anne BlinkhornLast nights tribute to the 96 very fitting. whoever came up with the idea of playing Hes my Brother got it just right.Proud to be blue

Tuesday 18th September 17:59 Report Comment

Sheila WhiteWonderful and very emotional tribute to the 96. It couldnt have been done better

Tuesday 18th September 16:39 Report Comment

Jean NewellAbsolutely brilliant emotional and fitting tribute to LFC fans who lost their lives that day, well done EFC...

Tuesday 18th September 14:36 Report Comment

Jean NewellAbsolutely very fitting and emotional tribute to all those who lost their lives on Merseyside well done EFC

Tuesday 18th September 14:29 Report Comment

Grant BellWe clapped for so long my arms started to hurt... But all in good cause. Proud of everyone in Goodison, there was no bitterness - only proud support for our brothers in red.

Tuesday 18th September 14:21 Report Comment

paul burkeWell done to everyone at the club for organising last nights tribute. It was extremely fitting and made me proud of the club and the fans.

Tuesday 18th September 12:49 Report Comment

Nikki TilloWas at the game and was so proud of all of the club .. Merseyside Unites .. Justice for the 96 !!

Tuesday 18th September 10:35 Report Comment

dave lawsonlovely tribute. justice will come one day, 96 souls rest in peace

Tuesday 18th September 10:11 Report Comment

robert mcleana lovely tribute well done everybody the club fans and everyone at the game

Tuesday 18th September 09:56 Report Comment

Joe FergusonThank you EFC for last night's amazing tribute. From a life long LFC supporter.

Tuesday 18th September 09:53 Report Comment

Adam BrandI'm so proud to be a supporter of this incredible club. Amazing tribute from all the staff, players and fans. Sheer class.

Tuesday 18th September 09:18 Report Comment

malcolm chadwickwell done every one jft96 proud to be a blue

Tuesday 18th September 06:58 Report Comment
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