You’ll Never Walk Alone is the anthem of Liverpool and it is more than merely a pre-match ritual for Reds fans but more a way of life. At no other time is the club unity more evident than it is on April 15 when the clubs remembers the 96 fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy on this day in 1989.
But this year’s memorial will mark the last one held at Anfield after the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) ‘unanimously agreed’ to discontinue the ceremony after 27-years.
“The 96 will never be forgotten. This final memorial service will provide the families with some closure” said Margaret Aspinall, chairperson of the HFSG who lost her son in the tragedy. “The HFSG would like to thank everyone for all the support the families have received over the past 27 years and all those people who have attended the service at Anfield each year.”
The club and fans will continue to be memorialized the 96 whenever they pull on the Liverpool jersey, however. The 2015/16 Liverpool jersey includes the eternal flames flanking a ‘96’ on the back of the jersey under the collar. The new placement was adopted ahead of the 2012/13 season.
The eternal flames first adorned the Liverpool jersey when the club badge was updated before the 1992/93 Premier League campaign. The flames flanked the Liverpool shield on either side of the scroll. The badge update also included adding the Shankly Gate and You’ll Never Walk Alone to the top of the badge.