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There were many deeply emotional moments of reflection around the footballing world last weekend – but no minutes’ silence was more poignant than the one that took place before the Liverpool v Manchester City match at Anfield – and today – 25 years to the day after the dreadful events at Hillsborough – the footballing world should reflect once more.

The memories of 96 victims who died at Hillsborough, those that were injured, and the families of the victims left behind, have been dragged through the gutter so many times during the past 25 years, and it is only now, thanks to the tireless work of so many people, that justice is emerging and the awful truth of what really happened is at last being told.

The government of the day, as well as the South Yorkshire Police and certain sections of the Press still have blood on their hands and, hopefully, one day, the whole truth will lead to prison sentences for those responsible for one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.

Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said: “Every day we continue to remember those who lost their lives.”

Brentford fans [pictured below] stood as one before our match at Swindon to pay our respects, in memory of fellow football fans who were there to support their team: fans just like us.

Dave Lane