The Hillsborough Independent Panel has uncovered evidence that the serious over-crowding in the central pens in 1988 prompted one fan to write to the FA to complain. Comments in the letter …
“The whole area was packed solid to the point where it was impossible to move and where I, and others around me, felt considerable concern for personal safety,”
“As a result of the crush an umbrella I was holding in my hand was snapped in half against the crush barrier in front of me… My concern over safety was such – at times it was impossible to breathe – that at half-time… I managed to extricate myself from the terrace, having taken the view that my personal safety was more important than watching the second half.”
I would therefore like to add this page as another chapter in the story. We have a page with many comments from Spurs & Leeds fans for both the 1981 and 1987 semi-finals, links to those are below.
Please reply to this page with your recollections of the 1988 semi-final, and leave your contact details if you are willing to appear in the documentary.
1987 semi-final with comments from Leeds & Coventry fans: http://thehillsboroughdisasterdocumentary.com/2011/11/18/hillsborough-leeds-v-coventry-1987-semi-final/
1981 semi-final with comments from Spurs & Wolves fans: http://thehillsboroughdisasterdocumentary.com/2011/11/16/hillsborough-1981-disaster-narrowly-avoided/
Part one of the documentary is can be watched here: