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14.04.2009 Football News

Liverpool legend Dalglish on Hillsborough disaster

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 will mark the 20th anniversary of the darkest day in English football, when 96 innocent Liverpool supporters - women and children amongst them - were crushed to death at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield during the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

Liverpool's manager on that fateful day in 1989 was club icon Kenny Dalglish, who recently spoke on BBC Five Live's Sportsweek program about an event that changed him and English football forever.

"I do think about it quite a lot," said Dalglish, revealing that his two children, who were literally just children at the time, were in the stadium grounds when disaster struck.

"We were one of the lucky families. Our children came home to us that night and obviously we are eternally grateful for that, but that doesn't mean to say we don't have a great deal of sympathy for those who were not as fortunate as us.

"I always feel for anyone who was there and for anybody who is a Liverpool fan or has any feelings for Liverpool.

"But more important than that is the feelings of the families. I don't think that Liverpool Football Club have ever shirked their responsibilities and I don't think they ever will.

"One fantastic thing to know is that not just Liverpool fans, but football fans in general, have never vandalized in any shape or form the Eternal Flame that burns outside the Anfield Road end, which shows the great respect that football fans have everywhere."

The entire city of Liverpool will come to a standstill at 3.06pm for two minutes on Wednesday, exactly 20 years since the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was abandoned.

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