This April is the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough football disaster which killed 96 Liverpool fans and injured hundreds more. Twenty years on, few people know what actually happened and the (now admitted) lies told by the Police to the press at the time remain as many people’s memory of events. The coroner and the inquiry narrowly restricted their investigations. Numerous judges have thwarted attempts by the survivors, families and campaign groups to have the events investigated. Injunctions prevent people from speaking about certain aspects of
Bristol Radical History Group welcomes Sheila Coleman, David Goldblatt and Daniel Bennett to give witness evidence of what actually happened, to explore the football-political context in which it took place and the legal struggles which followed.
Sheila Coleman has been involved in researching the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster since 1989. As a member of the Hillsborough Project she monitored the legal proceedings arising from the disaster and co-authored the first critical analysis of the events. Sheila is an active member of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.
David Goldblatt, is the best selling author of the acclaimed The Ball is Round a global history of football. In this book David claims that the Home Office instructions to the police were to herd all football fans from the station to the stadium, where they would be held in pens.
Daniel Bennett, was a witness to the event from the stands. His witness statement is on the HJC website, which is hosted on a server in Holland due to an injunction preventing its publication in the UK.
- Download a flyer for Hillsborough: What Really Happened? (350KB pdf file). This file is to print 4 double sided A6 flyers on a piece of A4.
- Download a poster for Hillsborough: What Really Happened?(300KB pdf file).
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Dan Bennett and Davis Goldblatt
- Download David Goldblatt and Daniel Bennett (7.3 MB 21 mins mp3 file)
- Download Sheila Coleman (13.7 MB 40 mins mp3 file)
- Download the discussion (18.9 MB 40 mins mp3 file)
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