An Introduction to Hillsborough
I've created this lenses as a tribute to (in my opinion) the greatest football stadium in England!
For those of you have never heard of Hillsborough football stadium and want some historic information about it, check out this wikipedia page.
So why do I love the amazing stadium that is Hillsborough so very much? Well... you might now know that Hillsborough stadium is actually the current home of the English football team Sheffield Wednesday (who I have supported since I was little!)
Going to Hillsborough and singing the SWFC songs as the football matches are played is an amazing experience and when the team are playing well and the fans are in full voice, it has been known to have given me goose bumps on more than one occasion!!
Hillsborough stadium is full of tradition and history which makes it stand out from a lot of the other football team's stadiums in the English Football League.
The stadium use to be one of the best and (still is) one of the biggest in the country. Hillsborough hosted some of the Euro 1996 games when the tournament was hosted in England and also was the scene of a very sad and tragic day in 1989. I'll talk about this later in the lens.
So I hope you enjoy this lens about one of the best (to me.. it is THE best!!) football stadiums in the UK.
Photo Courtesy of LeeStewie of Hillsborough during the 2012 Promotion to the Championship
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Here are some great souvenirs of Hillsborough stadium which would be a great present or memory for anyone who's ever visited the stadium (especially Sheffield Wednesday fans!)
Photo of the Hillsborough tribute in Sheffield courtesy of Xurble
To most people, Hillsborough stadium isn't the home of Sheffield Wednesday. It was the scene of one of the worst days in English football.
On 15th April 1989, Hillsborough hosted the FA cup semi final between two of the best teams in the country that season, Nottingham Forest and Liverpool. The stadium was overcrowded and what prevailed was a human crush. 96 supporters lost their lives that day, whilst 766 football fans were injured.
I was too young to remember the tragedy at the time but every time I go to the stadium to watch Sheffield Wednesday play, I walk past the tribute and reflect upon the sad day of 15th April 1989.
I've added a video of a tribute by Football Focus (a programme by the BBC) about the worst day in English football. I've watched it twice, and every time it brings a tear to my eye. I really would recommend watching though, just to get an understanding of that sad, sad day.
Tribute to the Hillsborough Disaster - by BBC Football Focus
Photo courtesy of LeeStewie
I'm interested to hear about how many times you estimate to have been to Hillsborough football stadium.
As a Sheffield Wednesday fan, I'm not really able to put a sensible number on it, but it's quite a few anyway!!!
How Many Times Have You Been To Hillsborough?
Promotion for Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough
The 2011/12 season was one of the most memorable in current years for Sheffield Wednesday fans. Having had a remarkable run in the final 14 games of the season, the team managed to eclipse the local rivals Sheffield United to promotion to the Championship!
I was at Hillsborough that day and it was one of the best days of my life! Here is the incredible atmosphere that followed the final whistle
It's always interesting to hear about people's views of Hillsborough. Being a Sheffield Wednesday fan, I naturally LOVE the stadium, but I know there's often some mixed reviews about it from opposing fans or even neutral visitors!
So when did you last go to Hillsborough stadium? What did you think?