A show of unity, strength and compassion as young academy prospects at Sheffield Wednesday and Liverpool remembered the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster.
Ninety-six Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terraces at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium after going to see their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989. Friday was the 27th anniversary.
The young players stood shoulder to shoulder on a bright but brisk Saturday morning to lay a red rose for each of the victims at the Hillsborough memorial outside the South Stand.
Both sets of players walked down together kitted out in their club tracksuits from the Sheffield Wednesday training ground.
Sheffield Wednesday pre-academy manager, John Megson, gave a speech before players, coaching staff and family members bowed their heads for a minutes silence in memory of those who lost their lives.
It was all the more poignant as some of the Liverpool players and staff had relatives who were directly affected by the events in 1989.
Kerry Hardy, mum of young Owls academy player Alfie, said the boys did their respected clubs proud.
“It turned out to be quite an emotional day, I’m so proud of the lads,” she said.
“They were so well behaved and respectful.
“The Liverpool group who travelled down really appreciated it.”
Both club’s under 7s and under 8s played friendly matches up the road at Sheffield Wednesday’s training base on Middlewood Road.