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Hillsborough: officers and lawyer altered accounts, court hears

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Last modified on Tue 20 Apr 2021 10.19 EDT
Two former South Yorkshire police officers and the force’s lawyer in 1989, when 96 people were killed at Hillsborough football ground, altered police accounts given about the disaster to “mask the failings” of the force, a court has heard.
Peter Metcalf, 71, who was a partner at the firm of solicitors that acted for the force, Hammond Suddards, Donald Denton, 83, a police chief superintendent at the time, and Alan Foster, 74, a detective chief inspector, are accused of intending to pervert the course of justice by overseeing and making the alterations.
Sarah Whitehouse QC, opening the case for the prosecution, told the jury the accounts were written by officers who had been on duty at the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground on 15 April 1989.

Why this hurts so much

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Why this hurts so much
By champs2012cfc
on Apr 20, 2021, 11:31am BST
I've been part of quite a few discussions on this new abomination of an idea in the European Super League and seen countless others that I haven't got involved in, and many don't get the view point from us local fans when we say "this is football being taken away from us". I welcome any opposing views, I'm more than up for a debate about this, and when I undoubtedly say anything about Chelsea ultimately being an English club, I don't mean foreign fans are unwelcome, or that they are the problem, that's a nonsense and uneducated viewpoint so please don't take anything I say as that.

Hillsborough trial: Statements 'altered to mask police failings'

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image caption(L-R) Alan Foster, Donald Denton and Peter Metcalf are on trial
Two South Yorkshire Police officers altered statements to "mask" the force's failings after the Hillsborough disaster, a court has heard.
Ninety-six Liverpool football fans died as a result of the tragedy at an FA Cup semi-final on 15 April 1989.
Retired Ch Supt Donald Denton, 83, retired Det Ch Insp Alan Foster, 74, and former solicitor Peter Metcalf, 71, deny perverting the course of justice.
The Nightingale court in Salford heard several police accounts were "amended".
Jurors were told Mr Metcalf advised on what alterations should be made and Mr Denton and Mr Foster followed his advice and changed the accounts.

Dalian Atkinson murder trial opening date confirmed

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Dalian Atkinson murder trial opening date confirmed
A pre-trial hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday was told a jury is due to be selected and empanelled on Monday and Tuesday of next week
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The trial of a police officer accused of murdering former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson is expected to open in early May, a court has heard.

Five talking points from Coventry loss

Analysis of yesterday's 2-0 loss at Coventry City, after which Barnsley remain sixth in the Championship and four points clear in the play-off places with four games to play.
When Barnsley trudged off Watford’s Vicarage Park pitch in January after a 1-0 loss, no one could have imagined that their next away defeat would be 89 days later after an historic and potentially club-changing run.
The Reds drew 0-0 at Nottingham Forest later that month but then won at Brentford, Bristol City, QPR, Bournemouth, Wycombe Wanderers and Luton Town to set a remarkable club record of six straight away wins which put them firmly in the top six.

Hillsborough: Trio deny charges in disaster aftermath trial

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Two retired police officers and a solicitor plead not guilty to perverting the course of justice.

The former Jamaica international aiming to rejuvenate Limerick FC

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The former Jamaica international aiming to rejuvenate Limerick FC
Ex-Premier League footballer Michael Johnson speaks about his new role as Sporting Director with the club.
By Paul Fennessy
Sunday 18 Apr 2021, 7:30 AM
1 hour ago
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Michael Johnson pictured during his time at Derby.
Image: EMPICS Sport
Image: EMPICS Sport
FOR AN English-born former Premier League footballer, Michael Johnson’s career has featured some unlikely destinations, including Jamaica, Guyana and now Limerick.
Earlier this month, it was announced by his representatives Oporto Sports that Johnson had agreed to become Sporting Director of Limerick FC’s new club academy.
The role will be combined with Johnson’s other commitments, as an elite coach with England U21s and a club ambassador for Derby County.

Hillsborough police face trial accused of perverting course of justice

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Last modified on Sun 18 Apr 2021 13.30 EDT
Two former South Yorkshire police officers and the force’s lawyer at the time of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989 face trial on Monday charged with perverting the course of justice over the amendment of police statements about the tragedy.
Peter Metcalf, who was a partner at the firm of solicitors that acted for the force, Hammond Suddards; Donald Denton, a South Yorkshire police chief superintendent at the time; and Alan Foster, a detective chief inspector, were charged with the offences in 2017, after the conclusion of the new inquests into how 96 people died at the football ground.

How the Echo reported England's 9-3 thrashing of Scotland

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WE couldn't resist reproducing the Echo's back page from 60 years ago today as it features a report on England's greatest ever victory over Scotland, 9-3 with Jimmy Greaves scoring a hat-trick - or "doing the hat-trick" as the report says.
Jimmy Greaves scoring England's third goal in the  9-3 win
The report also says that Scotland's keeper, Frank Haffney, had a "nightmare" and should have saved at least three goals. His performance 60 years ago is said to have created an unenviable reputation for Scottish goalkeepers ever since. The victory was hailed as indicating England's great chances in the 1962 World Cup which was held in Chile, only they disappointed, going out at the quarter final stage to the eventual champions, Brazil.

McCarthy Chasing Vital Three Points - Ipswich Town News

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McCarthy Chasing Vital Three Points
Tuesday, 16th Apr 2013 06:00
The Blues go into tonight’s home game against Crystal Palace looking for the three points which manager Mick McCarthy expects will be enough to guarantee Championship football during 2013/14. Town currently sit in 17th place on 53 points, four from the drop zone with four matches left to play.
McCarthy believes another win ought to be enough to ensure safety, but given the division’s notorious unpredictability, he’s not entirely certain: “I think with 56 points we’ll stay up but that’s only me thinking, that’s only me assuming and as we all know, assumption is the mother of all cock-ups! But I do think that’s what will happen, and I’ll take it now.”

Sheffield Wednesday manager has pneumonia post-COVID-19

SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore has developed pneumonia and blood clots on his lungs following a recent coronavirus infection. The 46-year-old Moore...

All eyes on Middlesbrough

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All eyes on Middlesbrough
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AS we enter the final stretch of the campaign, have decided to take an in-depth look at our upcoming opponents and Middlesbrough are next up to go under the microscope.
Rangers head up to the Riverside Stadium on the back of a disappointing outing against Rotherham United last time out. Lyndon Dykes gave the R’s the lead early on in the second half, but a resurgent last half an hour from the Millers, ensured Warburton’s side left empty handed and will be keen to put that defeat behind them, starting tomorrow.

Reds hope to end 98-year wait for away win against Coventry

Barnsley will be targeting a seventh successive away win and hoping to end a 98-year wait for a victory in an away game against Coventry City on Sunday fro...

Bart: My Best is Yet to Come - Ipswich Town News

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Bart: My Best is Yet to Come
Friday, 15th Apr 2016 06:30 by Dave Gooderham
He might have just picked up two honours at the end-of-season supporters’ awards, but Bartosz Bialkowski has declared the best is yet to come.
In the week when the popular 28-year-old Polish keeper lifted the Supporters’ Player of the Year and Junior Blues Player of the Year awards, Bialkowski could be forgiven for savouring a personally-fantastic end to a tumultuous season.
But Ipswich’s number one has issued a positive message to downbeat supporters as he bids to make the goalkeeping shirt his own for many years to come.

Carlton Palmer: 'How can you have an opinion if you haven't achieved anything yourself' | Sport

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Hillsborough campaigner blasts Real Madrid bus smash 'yobs'

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image captionMargaret Aspinall says 32 years on from the Hillsborough disaster it "doesn't get any easier"
A Hillsborough campaigner has hit out at "yobs" who smashed a window on the Real Madrid bus on the eve of the anniversary of the 1989 disaster.
Objects were thrown at the vehicle as it arrived at Anfield for the second leg of Liverpool's quarter-final Champions League clash with the Spanish side on Wednesday night.
Margaret Aspinall said they were "a disgrace" to the club and the city.
Liverpool FC also condemned the "unacceptable and shameful behaviour".
Ninety-six fans died as a result of a crush in a game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's ground on 15 April 1989.

Swansea City back in the hunt for top-two spot with win over Sheffield Wednesday

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Swansea City continued their recovery from a wretched run to cement their place in the play-off positions and send Sheffield Wednesday closer to playing League One football next season.A 12th goal of

Swansea City striker Jamal Lowe: Andre Ayew was 'unselfish' in 'brilliant' team goal

“It’s a brilliant team performance and a brilliant team goal,” Jamaica striker Lowe said, as reported by his club's official website.
“We went on the press and Andre won the ball back. We were two-on-one with the goalie, and Andre squared it to me and all I had to do was put it in the net.
“It was very unselfish, and it typifies how we are as a team. It’s all about the team.”
Tuesday's win was vital for Swansea in their chase for Premier League promotion.
Their second successive win after a run of four straight defeats, the Jack Army consolidated their spot on the league table as the then third placed side, with five more rounds of matches to go.

Hillsborough disaster support group disbands 32 years after tragedy

Hillsborough disaster support group disbands 32 years after tragedy
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In 1989 96 fans died in a crush during a FA Cup match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's ground
A support group set up by families who lost loved ones in the Hillsborough disaster has revealed it has disbanded after ‘going as far as it can’.
The Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) was founded in 1989 after 96 fans died in a crush during a FA Cup match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground.
Ex-chairman of the group Margaret Aspinall said it was closing because it was time “for families to move on”.

Another round of applause for Andre Ayew after Swansea City away win

Ghana attacker Andre Ayew made a good impression on Swansea City boss Steve Cooper during Saturday's Championship clash with Millwall.

Dykes We must take each game as they come

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Dykes We must take each game as they come
STRIKER Lyndon Dykes was delighted following Saturday’s emphatic victory over Sheffield Wednesday in W12.
A double from the Scottish international and strikes from Stefan Johansen and Chris Willock ensured Rangers sealed a comfortable 4-1 score line over the Owls.
The 25-year-old headed home his eighth and ninth efforts of the campaign and his double on the weekend meant he has now notched four goals in the last four games, form any striker would be pleased with.
Speaking to after the game, Dykes was pleased with the performance from his side, saying: “It’s a great three points, to get the win and a couple of goals for myself is a fantastic feeling.

Warburton calls for strong finish

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MARK Warburton has called on his players to “top last year’s tally” and finish the campaign as strongly as possible.

Hillsborough group disbands as families look to 'move on'

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Victims' families will mark the 32nd anniversary of the stadium disaster privately on Thursday.

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