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  • Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Mar 20, 1989

    Hillsborough events

    Hillsborough was accepted as the FA Cup semi-final venue

    Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Mar 20, 1989

    Meanwhile, Hillsborough was accepted as the FA Cup semi-final venue on 20 March 1989 by the Football Association.




  • England, United Kingdom
    Monday Mar 27, 1989

    Hillsborough events

    Chief Superintendent Mole himself was to be transferred to the Barnsley division

    England, United Kingdom
    Monday Mar 27, 1989

    Police presence at the previous year's FA Cup semi-final (also between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest and also at Hillsborough Stadium) had been overseen by Chief Superintendent Brian L. Mole. Mole had supervised numerous police deployments at the stadium in the past. In October 1988 a probationary PC in Mole's F division, South Yorkshire was handcuffed, photographed, and stripped by fellow officers in a fake robbery, as a hazing prank. Four officers resigned and seven were disciplined over the incident. Chief Superintendent Mole himself was to be transferred to the Barnsley division for "career development reasons". The transfer was to be done with immediate effect on 27 March 1989.




  • Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989
    2 AM

    Hillsborough events

    Gates were opened

    Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989
    2 AM

    When the gates were opened, thousands of fans entered a narrow tunnel leading from the rear of the terrace into two overcrowded central pens (pens 3 and 4), creating pressure at the front. Hundreds of people were pressed against one another and the fencing by the weight of the crowd behind them.




  • Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989
    15 PM

    Hillsborough events

    Events Build Up

    Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989
    15 PM

    As is common at domestic matches in England, opposing supporters were segregated. Nottingham Forest supporters were allocated the South Stands and Spion Kop on the east end, with a combined capacity of 29,800, reached by 60 turnstiles spaced along two sides of the ground. Liverpool supporters were allocated the North and West ends (Leppings Lane), holding 24,256 fans, reached by 23 turnstiles from a narrow concourse. Turnstiles numbered 1 to 10, 10 in all, provided access to 9,700 seats in the North Stand; a further 6 turnstiles provided access to 4,456 seats in the upper tier of the West Stand. Finally, 7 turnstiles (lettered A to G) provided access to 10,100 standing places in the lower tier of the West Stand. Although Liverpool had more supporters, Nottingham Forest was allocated the larger area, to avoid the approach routes of rival fans crossing. As a result of the stadium layout and segregation policy, turnstiles that would normally have been used to enter the North Stand from the east were off-limits and all Liverpool supporters had to converge on a single entrance at Leppings Lane. On match day, radio and television advised fans without tickets not to attend. Rather than establishing crowd safety as the priority, clubs, local authorities and the police viewed their roles and responsibilities through the 'lens of hooliganism'.




  • Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989
    15 PM

    Hillsborough events

    The crowd in the Leppings Lane Stand overspilled onto the pitch

    Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989
    15 PM

    The crowd in the Leppings Lane Stand overspilled onto the pitch, where the many injured and traumatised fans who had climbed to safety congregated.




  • Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989
    15 PM

    Hillsborough events

    A 30-minute postponement

    Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989
    15 PM

    Football players from both teams were ushered to their respective dressing rooms, and told that there would be a 30-minute postponement.




  • Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989
    15 PM

    Hillsborough events

    The agreed upon protocol

    Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989
    15 PM

    The agreed upon protocol for the South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service (SYMAS) was that ambulances were to queue at the entrance to the gymnasium, termed the casualty reception point, or CRP.


  • Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989
    15 PM

    Hillsborough events

    Declaration was not immediately performed

    Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989
    15 PM

    The system of ferrying injured from any location within the stadium to the CRP required a formal declaration to be made by those in charge for it to take effect. As this declaration was not immediately performed, confusion reigned over those attempting to administer aid on the pitch. This confusion migrated to the first responders waiting in ambulances at the CRP, a location which quickly deteriorated into an ambulance parking lot. Some crews were hesitant to leave their vehicles, unsure of whether patients were coming to them, or vice versa.


  • Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989

    Hillsborough events

    A total of 42 ambulances arrived at the stadium

    Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989

    A total of 42 ambulances arrived at the stadium. Out of this number, two managed of their own accord to make their way onto the pitch — while a third ambulance made its way onto the pitch at the direction of DCAO Hopkins, who felt its visibility might allay crowd concerns. The remaining 39 ambulances were collectively able to transport approximately 149 people to either Northern General Hospital, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, or Barnsley Hospital for treatment.


  • Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989

    Hillsborough events

    Deaths

    Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Apr 15, 1989

    A total of 96 people died as a result of injuries incurred during the disaster. Ninety-four persons, aged from 10 to 67 years old, died on the day, either at the stadium, in the ambulances, or shortly after arrival at hospital. A total of 766 people were reported to have suffered injuries, although less than half required hospital treatment. The less seriously injured survivors who did not live in the Sheffield area were advised to seek treatment for their injuries at hospitals nearer to their homes.


  • Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Sunday Apr 16, 1989

    Hillsborough events

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Home Secretary Douglas Hurd visited Hillsborough

    Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Sunday Apr 16, 1989

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Home Secretary Douglas Hurd visited Hillsborough the day after the disaster and met survivors.


  • Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
    Sunday Apr 16, 1989

    Hillsborough events

    Anfield stadium was opened

    Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
    Sunday Apr 16, 1989

    Anfield stadium was opened on the Sunday to allow fans to pay tribute to the dead.


  • Wembley Stadium, London, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday May 20, 1989

    Hillsborough events

    1989 FA Cup Final

    Wembley Stadium, London, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday May 20, 1989

    At the 1989 FA Cup Final between Liverpool and local rivals Everton, held just five weeks after the Hillsborough disaster, the players from both participating teams wore black armbands as a gesture of respect to the victims.


  • Anfield, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 26, 1989

    Hillsborough events

    The Final match

    Anfield, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 26, 1989

    During the final match of the 1988–89 English Football League season, contested on 26 May 1989 between Liverpool and second-place Arsenal, the Arsenal players presented flowers to fans in different parts of Anfield in memory of those who had died in the Hillsborough disaster.


  • United Kingdom and U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 13, 1989

    James Bond

    Licence to Kill

    United Kingdom and U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 13, 1989

    Licence to Kill is a 1989 spy film, the sixteenth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, and the second (and last) to star Timothy Dalton in the role of the fictional MI6 agent James Bond.


  • London, England
    Tuesday Dec 5, 1989

    Margaret Thatcher

    1989 Conservative Party leadership election

    London, England
    Tuesday Dec 5, 1989

    Thatcher was challenged for the leadership of the Conservative Party by the little-known backbench MP Sir Anthony Meyer in the 1989 leadership election. Of the 374 Conservative MPs eligible to vote, 314 voted for Thatcher and 33 for Meyer. Her supporters in the party viewed the result as a success, and rejected suggestions that there was discontent within the party.


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