The football world remembers with regret the date of April 15, 1989. In England the semi-final of the FA Cup was played between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough stadium.
At that meeting, there was an avalanche in the stands of Leepings Lane where 96 fans were killed. Now, 32 years later, victim number 97 has been claimed.
Andrew Devine was one of the hundreds of fans who survived in that tragedy, he was left with serious consequences after what happened and this week he has died at the age of 55 due to these injuries.
The coroner has ruled that Devine was “unlawfully murdered.” A decision that has been made manifest by the fans’ relatives. “We celebrate the coroner’s conclusion, made today at the Liverpool Forensic Court, that Andrew was unlawfully murdered, making it the 97th death in the tragic events that occurred on April 15, 1989.”
“In the intervening years, Andrew has been supported by his family and a team of caregivers, all of whom were dedicated to him. As always, our thoughts are with all those affected by Hillsborough. Our collective devastation is overwhelming, but so is it. It is realizing that we were blessed to have Andrew with us for 32 years since the Hillsborough tragedy, “the family explained.
Liverpool paid a heartfelt tribute to the 97
The red club made a statement following the news and recognizes Devine as the 97th fan who lost his life in Hillsborough.
A statement from the family of Andrew Devine:
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 28, 2021
“Liverpool FC is deeply saddened by the passing of Andrew Devine, who passed away yesterday at the age of 55. Andrew, a lifelong Liverpool supporter, continued to attend games at Anfield when possible despite sustaining injuries to him. they changed life in Hillsborough on April 15, 1989. In doing so, he defied expectations that he would not survive for six months after the tragedy, “the club explained.
Liverpool took the opportunity to remember the 97 victims who perished on that tragic day. “In an investigation conducted in Liverpool today, Andrew was found to have been unlawfully killed as a result of the disaster, providing a tragic reminder of the price Hillsborough continues to charge everyone affected by it. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Andrew’s family and his caregivers, “he concluded.
In yesterday’s game between Liverpool and Burnley played at Anfield, the fans showed a mosaic in the stands “The Kop” with the number 97. Other decisions that the club has made is to modify the “96 Avenue”, adjacent to Anfield. , to “97 Avenue”. Also for next season, the red kit will be modified with the badge on the neck with the updated figure.
Ahead of our first Premier League home game of the season this weekend, we will be remembering Andrew Devine.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 19, 2021