Archive for April, 2010

A Time for Justice!!

Posted in Liverpool with tags on 14/04/2010 by freshpr1nce

In memory of Kevin Daniel Williams, aged 15.

I’ve been thinking hard about whether to put my thoughts and experiences down about April 15th 1989! Having decided to do so please see this as done so in memory of all those who lost their lives and those who still, to this date, are still suffering and fighting for justice.

April 15th 1989 will be a date etched in all Liverpool fans, players and anyone associated with the clubs memories. In fact a date etched in all football fans, not least those of Everton fans memories. It was a date this city demonstrated the true spirit of coming together.

1988/1989 aged 15, was the year that I really started going to the game alone. Never being from a footballing family, yes there were alligances, but not true followers.

Many a game I was stood on the Kop enjoying great football and fantastic atmospheres.

I tried hard to get a ticket for the match but was unable to do so.

I spent the morning of the match in Southport. Desperate not to miss the game I got the bus home with a mate. Listening to the radio whilst still on the bus we started to hear reports of people on the pitch and difficulties. I raced home from the bus stop to watch the telly.

I got home, turned on the tele and started to see the most unimaginable scenes you could ever see. My heart dropped! As I listened the reports came through of people who had lost their lives. My heart sank further as that number kept growing.

An abiding memory was seeing King Kenny on the sidelines and the many fans helping those injured and worse.

My thoughts quickly turned to friends at the game hoping they would all come home safely.

It must have been about 6pm, to be honest I can’t remember the exact time, but I had been phoning many friends to see if there was any news. I finally spoke to a friend who advised that our school friend, someone who I had grown up with and spent alot of time in our early years at his house, had lost his life. Kevin Williams died aged 15.

The thoughts running through my mind were unimaginable. Our parents were close and my mum was desperately upset. She was also relieved (rightly or wrongly) that I didn’t get a ticket.

I got on my bike trying to find our friends. It was only 5 minutes when I found a group. Not much was said, of course there was tears, we just went to church and prayed.

The weeks that followed were a blur. A memorial was placed in school and we all went to Kevs funeral.

3 people from our village lost their lives that day.

21 years on and justice is yet to be done. It’s the very least all 96 deserve.

Kevins mum, like many others, is still fighting hard for justice and will not give in. We should all keep fighting until justice is done.

I still see Kevins mum every now and again, her grandaughter is best friends with my eldest. She, again like all those others, is a credit. There have been many lies told about that day, we all know what they are. The truth will out and all those involved should be brought to justice and held accountable.

In memory of 96 fans who went to watch a game of football and never came home.




A time for cool heads, focus and honesty

Posted in Liverpool with tags , on 02/04/2010 by freshpr1nce

1st April 2010, Benfica 2, Liverpool 1.

You’d have thought it was some kind of April Fool, but for the fact that it was, “Thursday (8pm) Night on Channel five”!

I went to @Truered’s to watch the match full of hope and expectancy. After all, this time next week hopefully we will have lasted longer in Europe than chelski, the scum and the arse. Unfortunately the night didn’t quite go as planned for several reason. Don’t get me wrong the result is turnroundable, (is that a word?), especially at anfield where I believe the atmosphere will, once again be truely remarkable; another great european night. In fact let’s show Benfica what atmosphere truely means without having to resort to using bombs to scare the players and officials!

The game started well with quite an early goal for the reds. A goal that Agger had been threatening to score, particularly against Sunderland. It was a well rehearsed move finished with a skillful and classy backheel. The night was looking promising!

After that though the cool heads and calmness IMO disappeared. Benfica started to take control of the game, creating many chances and at least 2 free headers, that’s when I knew it was gonna be tough. The crowd were behind them and they seemed to be opening up our midfield and wings with more ease than I was comfortable with, a few players seemed to go missing!

However with our players there is always a chance! With Torres anything can happen. That’s when he’s not getting kicked off the park! It was one such incident that changed the game. Holding the ball up on the left wing he clearly got taken out from behind, an obvious foul that deserved more than a yellow, or was it two yellows he got for one tackle?

The next 5 minutes were just a blur of confusion. I’m sure I saw a red card in there somewhere….yes their player is walking off…. Or is he? Who knew?

Turned out it was Babel. Once I realised, it was obvious why. Whilst not violent he should have known better than to put his hand in someones face. I thought at the time he was trying to get him to shut up, I was a little surprised that the official reason was to stop the other player getting in more trouble. Sorry don’t buy that! He was telling him to shut up but that was protecting Torres not helping that player not to get in more trouble. I’m not going to chastise him because the referee was the biggest talking point of this game but he does know better!

From there it was always going to be hard. Playing 60 mins away from home with 10 men will always be difficult. But low and behold Torres turns up with another great goal for number 2! Arrgh rubbish offside, a tight one but probably correct.

It was backs to the wall from there. If the team have lacked confidence over the season they certainly didn’t lack heart and fight for that hour in a cauldren of hate, (one or two did go missing mind)!

But this game wasn’t to be about the two teams, it wasn’t going to be about the managers. This game was going to revolve around the officials and over exuberant fans. The second leading the first to be intimidated and make a mokery of the game. Some (very few) decisions were right, some were wrong, most were downright awful! Having said that I can’t necessarily complaign about the two pens, had it been Liverpool I would have been expecting them, (expecting them and getting them is something different this season)!

I don’t want to focus too much on the refs as we know they didn’t have cool heads, they lacked focus and certainly didn’t show lfc any honesty.

The fans of Benfica were certainly behind their team, so much so that they almost got the game stopped. What they actually did was let their team down after a good performance as that will certainly be punished. Anfield will create a better atmosphere and certainly won’t let the team down as they did.

The game itself finished having seen a terrible refereeing performance once again (we’ve had too many of those this season haven’t we?), however we can feel comfort that we saw a fighting and battleing team. Yes ok it’s 2-1, but were still in this and WILL turn it around.

Games are running out and each will be crucial, now is the time for lfc to show cool heads, focus and refs to show honesty to our great club. It’s the least we deserve after all we’ve had to put up with this season!

My final thought on this blog…… Can anyone who reads this play on the left?