This Easter weekend falls on the 28th anniversary of the tragic Hillsborough disaster when 96 Liverpool fans, men women and children, failed to return home from their clubs FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.
Dealing with the loss of life was bad enough, but the media, The Sun and it’s editor Kelvin Mackenzie in particular, made the ordeal 100 times worse with the lies they printed about the conduct of the fans that day.
Knowing they were the victims of a great injustice, and a political cover-up a group of supporters, many if not all, who had lost loved ones that day in Sheffield, embarked on a campaign for justice.
It took these courageous people 27 years, and two inquests to finally get the verdict they all knew to be correct. Their spirit and belief unmatched.
The people of Liverpool backed the ‘Justice for the 96’ campaigners tooth and nail, but so too did other football fans and clubs, recognising this tragedy could have happened to any of us.
As it was, Celtic offered Liverpool Football Club a hand of friendship as they set about rebuilding their lives, an offer accepted by the Merseyside club, when manager and former Celtic great Kenny Dalglish, brought his Liverpool side up to Glasgow to play at Celtic Park at the end of April 1989.
The result was inconsequential, what was important was letting Liverpool Football Club and their fans know, they would ‘Never Walk Alone.’