FOR Liverpool’s second visit to Wembley this season the Reds are joining forces with blues for a second time to spread the word on the boycott of The Sun. In February it was the Carling Cup final and Cardiff City were the blues. In nine days it’s the FA Cup semi-final and the blues are Everton. Cardiff City fans held up blue “Don’t Buy The Sun” posters in the stadium in February and Everton fans are being asked to do the same for the semi-final.
Everton supporters are well aware of the boycott of The Sun and have joined Liverpool fans in boycotting it for the last 23 years. Recent initiatives, like the Justice Tonight tour, have seen an increase in awareness of the boycott, and of the campaign for Hillsborough justice.
With both sets of fans holding up “Don’t Buy The Sun” posters (specially printed for the occasion by The Hillsborough Justice Campaign) before and during the game the campaign got more attention and more people learned not only that there was a boycott but the reasons behind it.
As well as supporting the existing boycott Cardiff City supporters had their own reasons to ask people not to buy the paper, as the HJC’s Sheila Coleman explained before the game: “The Cardiff fans will hold their posters up because of the awful piece that The Sun printed about Mike Dye. He was a genuine football fan who died, but the paper decided to make him out as a hooligan.” A banner was also on show, with badges relating to both clubs, proclaiming: “The Birds Don’t Buy The Sun.”
The semi-final is being held on Saturday April 14th, the day before the 23rd anniversary of Hillsborough, a time of year that is very difficult for supporters of both of Merseyside’s Premier League clubs. The fight for justice has been hindered for a long list of reasons over the past 23 years but the Sun’s decision to print lies about the conduct of supporters – survivors of the disaster who had in many cases saved or tried to save lives of their fellow supporters – continues to this day to cloud the opinions of people who took their word for it and believed those lies.
New people learn “The Truth” about those lies on a regular basis which is why continuing to draw attention to it is so important for so many reasons.
Liverpool and Everton supporters who are going down to Wembley next week are being asked to help with the distribution and display of the posters for the semi-final
Details follow from The Hillsborough Justice Campaign. If you can help, please do so and please let them know:
After the success of our “Don’t Buy The S*n” poster day at Wembley in February, we can confirm that we will again be distributing posters before the FA Cup Semi-Final on 14th April.
There will be 20,000 posters available in red and 10,000 in blue, and these will be handed out around Wembley stadium on the day. We would ask supporters from both teams to show support and unity by spreading the word amongst fellow fans via websites, forums, social networks, supporters clubs and word of mouth, as well as holding up their posters inside the stadium prior to kick-off on the day.
We are also looking again for volunteers to hand out posters on the day, to all supporters. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist.
Wembley officials and the Met Police have been extremely helpful for a second time by giving permission to distribute and display. This is a fantastic opportunity for the two Merseyside clubs to come together on a showpiece platform to get the message across. Don’t Buy The S*n.
* Ben Williams is cycling 260 miles from his home in South Norfolk to Anfield, stopping off at Hillsborough on the way, in memory of the 96 who died and to raise awareness of the fight for justice.
Funds are being raised (via The Community Foundation for Merseyside / The Jamie Caragher 23 Foundation) for the Hillsborough Family Support Group, the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and other Merseyside based charities and initiatives.
You can sponsor Ben (aka Subsy) by:
- visiting this page: https://www.justgiving.com/rideforhillsborough or
- texting RYGJ60 £5 to 70070 (replace £5 with your donation amount – texts are free!)
As well as asking for sponsorship Ben would also appreciate some support on the ride itself. Visit the site he’s set up for the ride more details and for updates as he gets nearer to the start date for the 3-day journey: rideforthe96.co.uk.