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Remembering the 96

13 April 2013

Royals and Reds come together


This afternoon Madejski Stadium fell silent in remembrance of the 96 who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster on 15th April 1989.

Both Royals and Reds came together to pay their respects, with Reading Football Club’s owner Anton Zingarevich and Liverpool's Managing Director Ian Ayre laying a floral tribute to the 96 in the centre circle before an impeccably observed minute’s silence began.

Anton and Ian were accompanied out to the middle by a supporter from each side, joining the two sets of players – all wearing black armbands – and all four corners of Madejski Stadium in a fitting tribute.

"I thought it was fantastic and it was a moving moment," Royals boss Nigel Adkins said after the match. "Respects were paid in the right manner and we should be very pleased about that."

The floral tribute will now travel to Merseyside and form part of Monday’s Hillsborough Memorial Service at Anfield. 

We will remember them. They will never walk alone.

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