About symbolism, the first thing we saw when getting out the Uber was that commemorative plaque about Hillsborough tragedy. On April 15 of 1989, for FA Cup’s semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, hundreds of scousers fans have got stuck in the traffic got late for the game. To facilitate their arrival in the stadium, police in charge of the security opened an exit door of a stand already packed with Reds fans. Ignoring everything about it, their fellow supporters rushed in the stand generating a crowd movement that left 96 people dead and 765 others injured. A horrible tragedy that changed English football forever. History’s lesson is over but let’s go back to our story.
If like in many English stadiums today, the atmosphere is mostly made of surge of pride than consistent chants, Hillsborough’s atmosphere makes you feel that football is not just a game more than anywhere else. Even though we have seen people leaving the stadium way before final whistle it would be insulting to talk about bandwagon fans here. Can’t you have the right to be pissed off when your team stains your devotion with a weak performance like that? Often in football, you come to the stadium with hope and you leave with the upside down face emoji expression. For the neutrals like who came like pilgrims it’s a bit different. We can say that we truly enjoyed our Saturday at Wednesday’s.
We’ll see you guys back shortly for a new story about Sheffield. This time we will explore the locations where football was born a long time ago.