Men heard talking of getting into Hillsborough without tickets on disaster day

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A man told jurors in the Hillsborough inquests how he heard three men - two with Liverpool accents - discussing ways of getting into Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium without tickets on the day 96 fans died there.

Gary Taylor was in a pub three and a half miles away from the ground when he heard the trio talking.

“They said something along the lines of ‘We’ll meet the boys in Leppings Lane, if enough start pushing then the police will open the gates’,” he said.

“They mentioned that they had managed to do this before.”

Mr Taylor said when the men realised he was listening to their conversation he was ‘glared’ at.

“They glared at me in an unfriendly way. I hurriedly drank the remainder of my drink and left the pub,” he said.

Mr Taylor said he told police what he had heard following the disaster.

“I gained the impression that the police were being unfairly blamed for this course of events,” he added.

He said he could not judge how many fans would be involved in the potential trouble they were planning but they seemed to be making arrangements to meet other people outside the ground.

The inquests also heard from Sheffield publican Peter Buck, who was landlord of The Fox Inn, about half a mile from Hillsborough.

Around 200 Liverpool fans drank in his pub on the day of the disaster.

He said the mood of the fans was ‘happy’.