published: 15 April 2014
Like many parents across the city of Liverpool, the McManamans waited. Twenty-five years ago, it was all they could do. There were no mobile phones to call, no text messages that could be sent to calm the frayed nerves of concerned families.
Twitter wasn’t on-hand to provide minute-to-minute updates; Facebook statuses couldn’t be refreshed to comfort worried relatives.
So they waited, hoping to see their son Steve appear at the bottom of the road.
“I was there, so I remember everything about the day,” recalls the man who was that teenage boy.
Now 42, Steve McManaman went on to play more than 250 games for Liverpool Football Club between 1990 and 1999. But back then, he was still making his way as a professional player.
“I traveled along with the Liverpool youth team, the apprentices and the reserves, to watch the game,” he tells CNN.
“I was always OK because I was with the team and the players’ wives, so we were in the main stand. Fortunately I was in the stand watching the incident unfold in front of me. It was a harrowing experience.
“It shouldn’t happen when you get up in the morning and go to watch a football match.”
It was April 15, 1989. Liverpool’s senior team was contesting an FA Cup semifinal against Nottingham Forest 75 miles away at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield.
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15 April 2014