NBCSN Will Air Special Tribute About Hillsborough Disaster Before Liverpool-Man City Game

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The Premier League’s biggest match of the season kicks off on Sunday morning between Liverpool and Manchester City. A win for either club will significantly boost its chances of edging closer to the Premier League title. A loss could rock the team’s chances and their confidence in the remaining weeks of the season.

As well as being a must-see match, the game carries the weight of marking the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster, the tragedy that took the lives of 96 innocent Liverpool supporters.

Needless to say, it’s going to be a very emotional day — for the viewers, footballers and spectators in the crowd, as well as the families of those who lost loved ones on that fateful day in Sheffield in 1989.

For viewers in the United States, NBCSN will air a special tribute to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster on Sunday morning.

The broadcast begins at 7:30am ET with a live on-site studio at Anfield featuring Gary Lineker and former Liverpool and Manchester City footballer Dietmar Hamann as part of the Premier League Live studio coverage. Meanwhile, from Stamford, CT, Host Rebecca Lowe will be joined by pundits Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe.

NBCSN will air a 6-minute piece about the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster at approximately 8am ET. Lineker narrates the piece.

Then leading into the Liverpool-Manchester City match, NBCSN will cover the on-site tributes at Anfield in observance of the 25th Anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster including full coverage of Liverpool’s anthem, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The match between Liverpool and Manchester City kicks off at 8:37am ET featuring commentary by Arlo White and Tim Howard.

30 thoughts on “NBCSN Will Air Special Tribute About Hillsborough Disaster Before Liverpool-Man City Game”

  1. Is there not also a 30 for 30 about this event airing soon? Any word on how detailed it will be or what subject matters are to be covered?

    1. Good question, Rick. ESPN will be air the film on Tuesday at 8pm ET. We’ll have a review of it this week. I’ve watched a review copy of the documentary, and it’s the most important soccer film I’ve seen in my life. Incredibly detailed, and wonderfully filmed. Watch for a review coming soon before it airs.

      1. Didn’t know that. When I chose to support Liverpool I immersed myself in anything I could find on Hillsborough and Heysel. I saw tons of stuff on youtube, a documentary film on Hillsborough and the TV drama with Christopher Eccleston. Very tragic and very emotional. To me I equate the tragedy at Hillsborough with the sinking of the Titanic in that both events changed the way the respective businesses operated. After Titanic radio stations had to be manned 24 hrs and ships had to carry enough lifeboats for all passengers and crew. After Hillsborough the Football Spectators Act required most Football League stadiums to convert to stadium seating and to remove the perimeter fencing. What I dont understand is that I read there is a movement for some stadia to go back to standing areas. Why tempt another incident? I dont live in the UK so I dont know if its true or not.

        1. Also Hillsborough played a big part in LFC captain Steven Gerrard’s decision to be a professional footballer.The youngest casualtyat Hillsborough was 10 yrs old and was Gerrard’s cousin.

        2. It is true yeah. Not full force at the moment but there is interest in ‘safe standing’. A fairly recent survey revealed that 19 out of the 20 clubs “actively support or
          would consider safe standing, if legislation allowed it,
          or are open-minded on the issue”.

          I’ve got no problem at all with clubs going down the safe standing route – it seems to work really well in places like Germany – but at the same time I can understand why my own club will always vote no and not introduce it at Anfield. If it ever came down to a PL vote, it would pass because of the 14 club rule so everybody would get their way and yet Liverpool wouldn’t be forced to implement it so everybody would be a winner.

  2. The notion that all of the Liverpool fans in the stands that day bear no responsibility in the deaths is absurd and defies any kind of logic. Just because this incident is now being whitewashed in the opposite direction of the original conclusions does not men we have arrived at the ultimate “truth.”

    The fact that Liverpool FC force the rest of us to relive this ordeal ad nauseum every year just adds to the absurdity.

    1. Bradford was a tragedy too but does it get anywhere near the ‘recognition’ of Hillsboro? No and why?
      I think the fact that liverpool fans are trying to completely absolve themselves from any blame is due to a sense of guilt. Yes the police made mistakes but the police didn’t get to a packed stand and see there was no room but still carry on pushing in anyway.
      Those at the back couldn’t get in so pushed there way in, of that there is zero doubt.

      1. The main problem was the decision to herd a club with more supporters through the narrow Leppings Lane entrance causing the outside congestion and the fact the tunnel to the central pens were not closed and not monitored before the outside gates were opened

        1. Gargoyle and Ken, I urge you to watch the Hillsborough documentary that ESPN will show this Tuesday at 8pm ET and then come back here and tell me you have the same opinions as you did today.

          I’ll refrain from criticizing and arguing with the points you made in the hopes that you will agree with me to watch the documentary and see what really happened. Never before has a film been made that puts together in such a detailed manner what really happened on that day.

          1. Regardless of any documentary Chris it is a fact that at some point the area became full and that Liverpool fans continued to try and push their way in.
            We all know too that at that time it was normal in football for fans to ‘bunk in’ and Liverpool fans were proud of that so there were definitely many many fans there with out tickets. it happened every game so for Liverpool to suggest it didn’t that day is also ridiculous.
            It was also absolutely certain that many of the Liverpool fans had been drinking. At the time it was the norm to drink on the coaches and in the local pubs. Once agin for Liverpool to suggest that didn’t happen or play some part is also ridiculous.

            No documentary will change that Chris. To suggest those 3 things, pushing, bunking in and drinking did not happen is beyond comprehension but that is what Liverpool want us to believe.

          2. I will watch the ESPN presentation and have read quite a bit about it over the years. Certainly not my intention to create hard feelings but I have to speak my mind. Frankly ESPN is littered with Boston Red Sox fans and because of the connection with John Henry can’t really be seen as an unbiased source of information. Those who died were innocent – some of those who crowded into that stand are not.

            In addition I feel like LFC use this occasion to not just honor the dead but to promote their brand and I that’s offensive.

      1. I agree with Eddie that the comments by Ken and Gargoyle are counter to any evidence. They’re trotting out the same lies that people like the South Yorkshire Police, British government and shock jocks such as Steven Cohen regurgitated over and over again.

        Some fans had been drinking before the game, as fans of any club did (and still do). But police said that the fans appeared sober going into the ground.

        Ticketed fans were pushing to get into the ground, as fans of any club did (and still do). But there was no charging. Fans were just trying to get into the stadium to watch the game (the kickoff wasn’t delayed, as it should have been).

        And the claim that Liverpool fans without tickets snuck in is a bold-face lie. Independent researchers, who have been interviewed in the past as part of the Lord Justice Report and who are also featured in the film, scrutinized the CCTV footage to count the number of Liverpool fans who got into the ground and ran that number against the number of tickets sold, and found that the number was practically the same — i.e. the “thousands of ticketless fans” argument is a lie.

        The things you both say make me feel you were brainwashed by Steven Cohen into believing that the lies were the truth.

        Everything you say goes against all of the evidence.

        Watch the film on Tuesday night and then tell me what you think (I’ve had a chance to watch a screening copy of the film, so I know what evidence they will share).

        1. Lies?

          Get real Chris.Drinking on the coach and before the game happened every week with fans of every team.
          Bunking in happened at every ground. Liverpool fans even had banners bragging that they didn’t pay.

          You’re being totally disingenuous to suggest othevrwise.

          1. Ken, you’ve been brainwashed by Steven Cohen or some other conspiracy theorist. The lies that drunken, ticketless Liverpool supporters were the reason why the Hillsborough Disaster occurred are simply not true. If you believe the lies, you’re mistaken. Read the evidence and watch the film tomorrow.

  3. Here is my American perspective (and I know it will irritate people and I will get my @ass chewed-out) on this:

    I feel like if anyone ever says anything not in the public favor of this incident then they are publicly destroyed. I have been following the EPL since 1995 and every year we are reminded about this. Of course it was a tragedy, and of course it should be avoided, but the real miracle will be if we can go one year without attention being brought to this event.

    Given the growth of technology and websites I doubt that we will ever grow out of this. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, etc. year anniversaries are on tap. Not to say that we should get over it, but it goes without saying that we can never forget because we are always reminded at some level of communication.

    1. Hlllsborough should definitely not be forgotten as English football was permanently altered as a result. We live in the era of 24hr news and media does tend to ‘milk’ these tragic events – just look at the flight 370 coverage and the Boston bombing coverage that’s upcoming

    2. OriginalMuenster, I disagree with you. It’s important that we remember what happened because (1) it changed football forever, (2) the 96 innocent people should never have died, and (3) if we don’t remember these tragic events, there’s always the chance that (a) new people coming into the sport will not know about it and (b) it’s easier for the event to fade away and become something that people eventually forget about.

      1. Well said, but it’s not just that. These families have fought long and hard for 25 years to clear the names of their loved ones. They’ve fought long and hard for the truth about what happened that day to come to light. Only now are we finally getting there but there’s still a long way to go.

        96 people who simply went to watch a football match never returned home that day and they’ve had their good name tarnished ever since. It’s the lies and cover-ups that keep this in the spotlight.

  4. Hillsborough was a tragedy, as was Munich, Heysel and Bradford. Out of all the clubs in the world who have suffered tragedies, Liverpool does seem to receive the most attention. Whether it’s a ‘marketing’ ploy by Liverpool FC and the ones who sell the Hillsborough merchandise, only they will know. However, any of you who do not know about the Bradford City fire disaster, look it up. It also legislated change in how stands were designed and built but it was truly one of the most horrific scenes in professional sports.

    1. Bradford was a horrific tragedy as were the other ones. But Hillsborough was different because there was a police cover-up that blamed the fans.

      1. People can watch the BBC Panorama documentary ‘How they buried the truth’ also. It gives some insight into said cover-up.

  5. Another story that should be made into a movie is the story of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL Hockey team. In 2011 a plane crash takes the lives of the entire team and coaching staff with a lone survivor dying of his injuries days later. The franchise does not play the entire 2011-2012 season. The team rebuilds through drafts and low level free agents. An american goes to Russia to coach them. The team trains in Amish country in Lancaster PA. A Russian Head coach quits his job to become the Americans assistant coach. In 2 short years the team is challenging for a championship despite being a lower seed. Unbelievable and inspiring.

    1. Wow didnt know that full story, or even that the survivor died. Fascinating. But of course Hollywood would find a way to bottle it.

  6. I know this is a very raw and emotional story. If their had been justice from the beginning Hillsborough would be perceived differently. The number one reason i think is that the victims were tarred as the accused,so families have fought to clear their loved ones. Without justice Hillsborough has festered as a open wound. I hope the new court proceedings will deliver justice for the families.

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