Everton Football Club are to unveil a permanent memorial to the Hillsborough 96 at Goodison Park.
The move comes just weeks ahead of the 25th anniversary of the disaster which cost 96 Liverpool fans their lives and only days before of the start of the long-awaited new inquests which begin in Warrington on Monday.
The Blues have stood shoulder-to shoulder with their Red neighbours since the tragic events of April 1989, helping to organise the chain of scarves across Stanley Park that linked Anfield to Goodison seven days after the disaster and providing fitting opponents for the all-Merseyside FA Cup final at Wembley the following month.
The gesture of solidarity following the landmark publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report in September 2012, when two youngsters led the teams out at Goodison Park wearing Liverpool and Everton shirts with the numbers nine and six emblazoned on the back, symbolised the unity across Merseyside and is likely to feature as part of the memorial.
Everton’s Head of Media and Communications Mark Rowan said: “Plans at this moment are in the early stages. But we have a commitment to unveil a memorial to coincide with the 25th anniversary of that tragic day.
“Evertonians and the Club have always stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the families of the Hillsborough victims and we feel it is fitting that our home should have a permanent tribute to the 96.”
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