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Mark of Respect

11 April 2014

English football to mark 25th anniversary of Hillsborough stadium disaster

As a mark of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives as a result of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in April 1989, all Premier League, Football League, Football Conference and FA Cup matches taking place this weekend will kick-off seven minutes later than originally scheduled.

The match at which the disaster took place, the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989, was ended six minutes after kick-off, at 3:06pm. 

In the Premier League, Football League, and Football Conference, matches due to kick-off at 3pm on Saturday 12 April will now kick off at 3:07pm, with the minute before kick-off (3:06pm to 3:07pm) seeing a period of silence observed at all stadia.

Oxford United will mark this anniversary before their game at Plymouth Argyle.

Head Coach Gary Waddock told us:

"I remember the day very clearly and it remains a very sad day for football. I think it is the right thing to pay our respects to the families and to mark the day in this way."

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