Sheffield Wednesday to mark Hillsborough disaster anniversary with two minute's silence

SHEFFIELD Wednesday will observe a two-minute silence at 3.06pm Wednesday, in honour of the 96 men, women and children who lost their lives in the Hillsborough Disaster 20 years ago.

This was the time at which the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was abandoned on the same date in 1989 because of the crush which took place at the Leppings Lane end of the Hillsborough ground, resulting in 96 fatalities amongst Liverpool supporters.

Liverpool and the Hillsborough Family Support Group have asked Wednesday not to hold a formal memorial service at Hillsborough on the 20th anniversary because an official event is taking place at Anfield.

Sheffield Wednesday have respected this request but club staff will

observe the two-minute silence to correspond with the event at Anfield.

Wednesday chairman, Lee Strafford said: "The thoughts of everyone associated with Sheffield Wednesday FC are with the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives on April 15, 1989, and what happened that terrible day is something that should never be forgotten.

"The Hillsborough Disaster will always be remembered for

the tragic loss of so many lives and it had a profound impact

on countless people and families, not only in Liverpool, Sheffield and Nottingham, but across the country and overseas as well.

"Our sympathies remain with the loved ones of those who lost their lives 20 years ago."

Wednesday will provide access to the Hillsborough memorial on Parkside Road as well as the Leppings Lane end for those wishing to pay their respects today.

The crowd will also be asked to observe a minute's silence prior to Wednesday's Championship match against Southampton on Saturday.