I'm going to break ranks a bit here. I thought all this was just down to scousers just not accepting responsibility for their actions, and always wanting to blame someone else. I believed the 'official' line and thought why don’t they just let it drop.[/size]
However, since the last disclosure, I could not have been more wrong. The people affected by Hillsborough deserve recognition, in that they took on the establishment, they persisted for many years, they did not 'just let it drop' they knew that the people who were supposedly responsible for the safety on that day failed, they knew that these failings were covered up. To take on the power and influence of the establishment and win is quite some achievement, even in today’s free and open society.[/size]
I'm going to add a bit more to my original declaration.
At the time I was friends with one of the survivors, his life was saved by a Nots Forrest fan on the pitch. He was interviewed that afternoon on the tele in hospital as he was recovering. At the time this guy was no angel, he had a bit of petty form, and was known to the police.
The guy who saved his life, the Forrest fan, was also known to the police about football related disorder. My friend told me that initially the Forrest fans thought it was a bit of aggro and a few went on the pitch to sort it.
BUT, as the extent of what was happing became clear, the thoughts of violence disintegrated into concern and helping your fellow man, hence this other guy helped.
I always wonder if this guy on the tele, precipitated the claims. The following week in work quite a few people bought the 'they were all hooligans' line and used my friends appearance to back it up
In any case from following football as a kid during that time the attitude of the police appeared to be that everyone was a hooligan.
The legacy of hilsborough is that all stadiums are now safer and attending a football match is now far more civilised.