English poem on Hillsborough football disaster

This video from Britain is called Battle of Orgreave: South Yorkshire Police tactics linked to Hillsborough.

By Carroll Ann Dunn in England:

They’ll Never Walk Alone

Wednesday 18th June 2014

The fans had come to Sheffield
To see their idols play,
Their chants were loud but happy
On that fatal April day.

The fans were all excited,
convinced their team would win;
Police had packed them tighter
And ever tighter in.

The crush grew suffocating
And fans soon realised
A tragedy was happening
Before their very eyes.

Though pressed against the railings
Like cattle in a pound,
Some fans were helping others
Climb out to safer ground;

Though they could hardly breathe,
They hoisted children high,
Passed them along to safety
Then stayed behind to die.

Police would blame them later:
‘The fans were drunk’ they lied;
That rag the Sun abused as scum
The innocent who died

The inquest (well, the first one)
Claimed ‘Accidental Death’;
An insult on an injury
That took away our breath.

Now Merseyside united,
The red side with the blue;
As purple as a bruise,
One colour from the two.

Through all their bruising battles
They were bloodied but unbowed;
They brought us a new unity,
They did our city proud;

They showed us our true colours
These loved ones of the dead,
To find some kind of peace of mind,
To help put pain to bed.

Will we walk with these families,
Now that the end’s in sight
For justice for the ninety six?
Will we? Too fucking right.

Carol Ann Dunn was born and raised in Liverpool but has lived in Leeds for over 30 years, working as a teacher and trainer across West Yorkshire. A singer of both traditional and choral music, she began writing poetry and ballads on a course at Maddy Prior‘s Stones Barn and does so on subjects that are important to her, such as this one.

Well Versed is edited by Jody Porter.

UK: Hillsborough disaster inquest reveals safety violations by stadium operator: here.

Hillsborough inquest: police admit Sun report of fans looting corpses was false. Former inspector admits police were ‘playing Russian roulette’ with fans’ lives as disaster at ‘death trap’ entry was foreseeable: here.

Police pushed fans back into deadly crush during Hillsborough disaster, inquest hears: here.

The police match commander in charge during the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster admitted that his failure to close a tunnel leading to the terraces “was the direct cause of the deaths of 96 people.” This is the first time that former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield has accepted responsibility for causing the deaths: here.

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  3. POLICING: A senior policeman told an inquest yesterday that bosses “suppressed” his report expressing concerns about the policing at Hillsborough football ground in 1989.

    Retired chief inspector Frank Brayford said he had detailed his concerns internally days after the fatal semi-final but never received a reply.

    He was allegedly visited later by a West Midlands officer and told to stop.



  4. Hillsborough dad tells of trauma

    Inquest: A father spoke yesterday how he had to identify the bodies of his two teenage daughters killed in the “chaos” and “mayhem” of the Hillsborough disaster.

    Trevor Hicks was on the Leppings Lane terrace when he realised fans were being crushed in pens behind the goals where his daughters — Sarah, 19, and Victoria, 15 — were standing.

    The Liverpool season ticket holders had travelled from their home in Middlesex, the Hillsborough inquest heard.



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