Everton to unveil Hillsborough disaster memorial before derby with Liverpool

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Ahead of the Merseyside derby between Everton at Liverpool at Goodison Park this weekend, Everton will unveil a commemorative plaque to honor the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough in 1989 and the victims’ families.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and members of the Hillsborough Family Support Group will attend the ceremony on Saturday at the Park End of Goodison Park.

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On Saturday the 224th Merseyside derby will take place between Everton and Liverpool, as families across the City of Liverpool will come together to support their respective teams. Since the Hillsborough disaster occurred in 1989, Everton have supported Liverpool Football Club throughout and last year Roberto Martinez gave an emotional speech during the 25th anniversary service.

Details of the unveiling can be found on Everton’s club website as the Toffees revealed how the touching tribute to their neighbors from just a mile across Stanley Park came about.

The permanent tribute had been suggested to the Club by supporters and Everton fan Stephen Kelly, whose brother Michael died on the fateful day in April 1989.

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.”