On this day 25 years ago, 96 football fans lost their lives supporting their team in the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield.
FA Cup semi-finals are traditionally held at a neutral venue, meaning both sets of fans had travelled from out of town for the second-last stage of the English League’s premier domestic cup. However, the game was abandoned after just six minutes as officials realised the human crush in the Liverpool-supporting side of the stadium was out of control.
On top of the 96 fans that lost their lives, the vast majority of whom were Liverpool fans, 766 others were injured as the fences around the pitch were either scaled or torn down as desperate fans tried to escape.
Much controversy has followed in the 25-years since, but for this day, we remember the 96 who lost their lives, their family and friends who still grieve their loss.