96 People

In April 1989, 96 people went to watch a football match and never came home. They went there to see their beloved Liverpool — and, today, a quarter of a century later, before one of the club’s biggest games ever, those fans were honored beautifully.

Afterward, led by their captain, Steven Gerrard — the paragon of loyalty in a sporting era that often rewards money-grabbing and title hunger far more than fidelity to a cause — they won the game, 3-2, and set themselves up for their first league title since 1990.

When the game finished, Gerrard had tears in his eyes — and while some of those were no doubt down to a mixture of relief, exhaustion, and the thrill of victory — a lot of them were down to something more.

Gerrard’s cousin, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, died at the stadium in 1989 when he was only 10. While most of the time we can freely admit that sports are just sports — and the narratives we spin are irrationally inflated to feed our obsession with a game — sometimes they are something way more important than that.

Sometimes, sports say a lot about life and help us heal wounds that we once thought never could even begin to heal — and today was one of those times. #JFT96 [Posted by Zack]

  1. fabregastvshow reblogged this from afootballreport
  2. sintaardana reblogged this from afootballreport
  3. try-your-best-forget-the-rest reblogged this from afootballreport
  4. sex-soccer-money reblogged this from afootballreport
  5. garooms reblogged this from lord-nhiwatiwa
  6. andrelfcposts reblogged this from afootballreport
  7. musicxjunki3 reblogged this from afootballreport
  8. prettythingsandfootball reblogged this from afootballreport
  9. lukeyp99 reblogged this from afootballreport
  10. sirsteezofny reblogged this from afootballreport
  11. fckmuffin reblogged this from afootballreport
  12. helloironmanfan reblogged this from afootballreport
  13. es-ahi reblogged this from afootballreport
  14. dxleclxgg reblogged this from afootballreport
  15. fabianausberlin reblogged this from afootballreport
  16. guilhermedb28 reblogged this from afootballreport
  17. irishgirlninja reblogged this from afootballreport
  18. emporiaarcadiacomstock reblogged this from afootballreport
  19. averting reblogged this from afootballreport
  20. justkeeponthegrass reblogged this from afootballreport
  21. seeitrain reblogged this from afootballreport and added:
    #JFT96 #YNWA
  22. tzmeny reblogged this from afootballreport
  23. iusedtosink-andnowiswim reblogged this from benjisummerz
  24. momalick reblogged this from afootballreport
  25. burgernipnic reblogged this from afootballreport and added:
  26. samuelchanyf reblogged this from afootballreport
  27. men-in-bowties-blog reblogged this from afootballreport
blog comments powered by Disqus