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Hillsborough disaster


The Hillsborough disaster was a fatal crush of people during an FA Cup semi-final football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, on 15 April 1989. With 96 fatalities and 766 injuries, it remains the worst disaster in British sporting history. The crush occurred in the two standing-only central pens in the Leppings Lane stand, allocated to Liverpool supporters. Shortly before kick-off, in an attempt to ease overcrowding outside the entrance turnstiles, the police match commander, chief superintendent David Duckenfield, ordered exit gate C to be opened, leading to an influx of even more supporters to the already overcrowded central pens.


  • Before the disaster 

  • Disaster 

  • Victims 

  • 1989-91 coroner's hearing 

  • Taylor Inquiry 

  • Stuart-Smith scrutiny 

  • Hillsborough Independent Panel 

  • Second coroner's hearing 

  • Criminal and civil cases 

  • Memorials 

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