When the gates were opened, thousands of fans entered a narrow tunnel leading to the rear of the terrace into two overcrowded central pens, creating pressure at the front. He made several requests and at 14. Those who survived told of seeing people lose consciousness in front of their eyes. It was won by Leicester by one goal to nil. This was bizarre as we were obviously a motley crew of harmless supporters and not the least bit threatening. The crowds for these matches were 43,320 and 49,282 respectively.
Before and after the match, information like team line-ups, fixtures, and other results were shown. It became clear that not everyone would reach the stands in time and a watching police constable radioed the control room to request that the game be delayed to ensure the safe passage of supporters into the ground, as it had been two years before. These plans were to be completed by 2013 and would bring the stadium up to standards for hosting matches. At some point the police realized how senseless the whole escort thing was, so it just fizzled out and we were free to wander down to the stadium. The stand houses the main reception, media and hospitality boxes, Press box, Television gantry, as well as the ground's family enclosure, five modern refreshment kiosks and four bars.
While senior officers were prepared in advance notwithstanding that Duckenfield, the match commander had no experience of policing football, in a ground with which was unfamiliar many of those on duty on the day were volunteers; well paid, but volunteers all the same. The stand remained open to the elements until a roof was added in 1986 after fans raised money to contribute to the cost. Notably, Duckenfield faced 95 charges of manslaughter; because of legal issues, he could not be prosecuted for the victim who died in 1993. The jury also ruled that fan behaviour did not cause or contribute to the tragedy. If you look to the left of the photo, there is a hand grabbing the outside of the fencing. Hillsborough still holds the record for the highest attendance for a third tier football match in Britain.
In the summer of 2013 small gates were installed at the front of the gangways in order to keep fans at bay. Police at the time briefed the media that the crush in the Leppings Lane end had been caused by drunken, ticketless fans forcing the gates open in order to gain access to the ground. This corner is to be roofed, under the Hillsborough stadium Upgrade plans, yet no work has yet been done, due to owners of the nearby terraces complaining. We will announce our decisions in due course. Liverpool supporters with tickets for the standing terraces were to enter along Leppings Lane. For example, the Taylor Report told me the train arrived in Sheffield just before 2pm and that most passengers were in the ground by 2.
Hillsborough Independent Panel: Disclosed Material and Report. Inquests into the deaths of the victims returned a majority verdict of accidental death, but many families did not accept this and began to campaign for a fresh inquiry. As a result, Hillsborough led to a number of important legal test cases that determined which classes of relatives were entitled to compensation Cox et al. In conclusion, nowadays, football is a business with a moral duty to care for the safety of its consumers. Five minutes later a crush barrier in pen 3 gave way, causing people to fall on top of each other. The very institutions that have a duty of care to support and protect its citizens colluded to corrupt the truth and exacerbate the torment and distress of innocent people.
The authorities' response to the disaster was slow and badly co-ordinated. In recent years it had only been used as overspill for away fans when both the upper and lower tiers of the West Stand have been filled, however in the 2011—12 season, with Wednesday needing to better or match the result of their neighbours to gain promotion on the final day of the season, the Corner was opened to visiting Wycombe Wanderers fans, with the West Stand used by home supporters. It was noticed later that all or most of the deleted text was criticising the police's equipment supply and handling of the event. The match was kicked off by the , himself a former Wednesday player. Report findings In his interim report on 4 August 1989, Lord Justice Taylor wrote that the key element of police control at fault was the failure to close off the tunnel leading to pens 3 and 4 once Gate C had been opened. There was more chaos and confusion, with unbridled joy for some and quiet desperation for others, as they waited for the train that was due in later that night.
With this in mind, the police, in order to prevent a crush at the turnstiles outside the stadium, opened the exit gate C and at this point, within five minutes, around 2000 people with or without tickets flowed directly into the stadium, and particularly towards pens 3 and 4 which were already full beyond capacity. It was later discovered that this should have been reduced to 1,600 as crush barriers installed three years earlier did not meet official safety standards. Liverpool fans had begun arriving at the ground from midday, but had to enter their designated stand at Leppings Lane through a small number of decrepit turnstiles. In the pens behind the goal, the two central pens were very full; the outer two pens were much less crowded. It has been the home ground of since its opening in 1899. Outside, staff pulled some fans in through the turnstiles to try to relieve congestion.
It had in fact been opened on police order. I doubt there is any event that has been so forensically examined and analyzed. The enquiry into this severe -type assault caused disciplinary measures in which four Yorkshire policemen were sacked and two were demoted and two were transferred away, and , who had served since the early 1980s and was very experienced in football-related matters, was transferred to , and as man in charge at Sheffield was replaced by , who was much less experienced than his predecessor; at the briefing before the match he spoke for a long time, but never mentioned crowd safety, and fumbled the name of club so badly that he appeared to know little about football. Fans in the two central pens were pressed up against the fences and crush barriers. Before the the West Stand was demolished again and replaced by a two-tiered structure with 4,471 seats in the upper tier and retaining a in front of the stand. It was an unseasonably warm sunny day and the atmosphere around the stadium was fantastic.
A crowd of 28,671 watched the match, paying a total of £1,012,150. Archived from on 19 March 2015. It has a capacity of 9,255 seated. They found he was in breach of that duty of care, that this amounted to gross negligence and that the 96 victims were unlawfully killed. By about 2:30 pm, some 30 minutes before kickoff, more than half of those fans were still outside. A match between and was watched by 25,536.
This is the only mention of a football ground in his series of architectural guides. The jury also ruled that fan behaviour did not cause or contribute to the tragedy. Hoping to ease congestion, Yorkshire Police Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, who had little experience policing soccer matches at Hillsborough, approved the opening of exit gate C at approximately 2:52 pm. One barrier in pen 3 gave way, causing people to fall on top of each other. It has a large lower tier with 8,275 seats including the directors box and an upper tier known as the 'Grand Stand' with 3,077 seats. This is how I explain it to my kids. The ground took its new name from the newly created parliamentary constituency.