Everton FC will honour the 96 football fans who died at Hillsborough with a commemorative plaque at Goodison Park.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, will officially unveil the new memorial ahead of the Merseyside derby game between Everton and Liverpool on Saturday.
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright talks to the crowd
The plaque will serve as a permanent tribute to the victims and their families.
The unveiling will take place before the 5.30pm (Free £25 bet offer) Kick-off of the 224th Merseyside derby match.
Speaking ahead of the ceremony, which will be attended by members of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, Ms Aspinall said: “This is a really lovely gesture from Everton, paying tribute to the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough.
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“I would like to thank Bill and everyone involved, not least the Everton fans who have provided great support to the families over the years.”
The permanent tribute had been suggested to the club by supporters and Everton fan Stephen Kelly, whose brother Michael died at Hillsborough in April 1989.
Steve Kelly, who lost his brother Michael at Hillsborough
He said: “As an Evertonian who lost my brother at Hillsborough, I have always been grateful of the support from the blue side of the city. I hope that when Evertonians look at this they will feel proud of the way we’ve supported our neighbours.”
Mr Kenwright paid his own tribute in front of the Kop in 2013 and when manager Roberto Martinez spoke emotionally on the 25th anniversary last year at Anfield he emphasised how “Everton remembers – we always will”.
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