Hillsborough teen left roses at girlfriend’s door before going to match

Ian Whelan, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo.
Ian Whelan, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo.
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A teenage victim of the Hillsborough Disaster left two red roses on the doorstep of his girlfriend’s house before going to the FA Cup semi-final, a court heard.

The inquests into the disaster which resulted in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans heard evidence about 19-year-old Ian Whelan.

Carl Brown, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo.

Carl Brown, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo.

The court heard that on the morning of the match, he left the roses at the door of his girlfriend Joanne before going to the game on a Liverpool supporters’ coach from Warrington.

Footage was shown of Ian in Pen Three on the Leppings Lane terrace in the minutes before the 3pm kick-off and after the game was called off.

At 3.26pm, Ian was on the pitch lying on his back in the six yard area at Leppings Lane end.

Fellow supporter Barry Lamb helped to carry Ian on an advertising hoarding to the stadium gym with the help of others.

He said his face was covered when he saw him and he seemed unconscious.

Mr Lamb said: “We lay Ian down and everyone who was carrying him then departed and some male came up to me in a fluorescent jacket and asked me if I knew Ian, and I just said no, and I knelt down next to him and then I looked up and seen other deceased people. As we were running off the pitch to the makeshift mortuary, the top what he was wearing came off his face and we were both looking at each other.”

He says Ian looked pale with ‘no colour at all’.

The inquests also heard evidence about the death of 18-year-old Carl Brown.

Lee Walls, a friend who went to the match with Carl, said they were carried along with the crowd into Pen Three on the Leppings Lane terrace in the minutes before kick-off.

In a statement read to the court, he said: “Carl Brown got carried further to the right.

“I looked at Carl and he waved, but within a matter of seconds he disappeared. I don’t know if he got pushed right over or if he fell. I eventually ended up behind the goalpost area, to the left of the gate in the fence, and about three or four metres from the fence.”

Mr Walls then lost consciousness.

Evidence was also given by Liverpool supporter Gerard Cosgrove, who attempted to revive Carl after seeing him on the pitch. He said he couldn’t recall seeing any signs of life.