Tottenham: Some Things Are Bigger And More Important Than Football

Some things are just bigger and more important than football – the death of  a young player and the commemoration of the disasters at the Heysel Stadium and Hillsborough.


Alan’s 2013-14 Season Diary (continued)

Some Things are Bigger More Important than Football

West Ham retired the number 38 shirt after their young striker Dylan Tombides passed away with testicular cancer at 20 years of age. A fine tribute in line with that paid to the great Bobby Moore.

I count my blessings every day having partially recovered from life threatening serious illness.

Meeting Ledley King [Photo: Alan Hill]

Meeting Ledley King [Photo: Alan Hill]

My nephew managed to get a couple of hospitality tickets for Ledley’s upcoming testimonial but I am not robust enough to attend without a carer to get me there. On top of that, my wife is just suffering a recurrence of kidney stone problems, only just having survived 2 major ops in 4 days to remove a kidney stone and her gall bladder. So my nephew will be taking a mutual friend to the Ledley game.

At least I got to meet Ledley earlier in the year. We will be hanging on in there and looking forward to seeing the pics.

Heysel Stadium and Hillsborough Disaster

Following the results of the past week, it really does look like Liverpool’s time has come again. It seems fitting amongst all the commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster and the terrible loss of innocent Liverpool fans’ lives caught in the crush. It now seems likely that the families will see true justice after the apparent discovery of falsified police records.

Next year will also be the 30th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster, when 14 Liverpool fans were found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment after 39 fans, mostly of Juventus, were crushed to death and 600 injured trying to escape Liverpool fans who had breached a fence between them. They died as they clambered over a wall to try and get away.

I am sure Liverpool and the British Press will put equal effort into commemorating that tragedy too.

Tags: Commemorations Dylan Tombides Heysel Hillsborough Soccer Tottenham Hotspur

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