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Friday 21 March 2014

English football to mark 25th anniversary of Hillsborough disaster

All matches on weekend of 11-14 April to kick off seven minutes later than scheduled

The memorial at Anfield to those who lost their lives at Hillsborough

As a mark of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives as a result of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in April 1989, all Premier League, Football League, Football Conference and FA Cup matches taking place on the weekend of 11-14 April will kick off seven minutes later than originally scheduled.

The match at which the disaster took place, the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989, was ended six minutes after kick-off, at 3.06pm.

In the Premier League, Football League, and Football Conference, matches due to kick off at 3pm on Saturday 12 April will now do so at 3.07pm, with the minute before kick-off (3.06pm-3.07pm) having a period of silence observed at all stadiums.

The first FA Cup semi-final on Saturday 12 April between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal will kick off at 5.07pm with a minute of silence between 5.06pm-5.07pm.

The next day, Sunday 13 April, the FA Cup semi-final between Hull City v Sheffield United will begin at 4.07pm with a minute of silence between 4.06pm-4.07pm.

Fixtures kicking off at other times on Friday 11, Saturday 12, Sunday 13 and Monday 14 April will observe the same etiquette with matches starting seven minutes later than originally scheduled.

New kick-off times for matches with Barclays Premier League clubs

Saturday 12 April 2014

FA Cup semi-final
5.07pm Wigan Athletic v Arsenal (minute of silence 5.06pm-5.07pm)

Barclays Premier League
All kick-offs 3.07pm (with a minute's silence 3.06pm-3.07pm at all matches)

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
Fulham v Norwich City
Southampton v Cardiff City
Stoke City v Newcastle United
Sunderland v Everton
West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur

Sunday 13 April

FA Cup semi-final
4.07pm Hull City v Sheffield United (minute of silence 4.06pm-4.07pm)

Barclays Premier League
1.37pm Liverpool v Manchester City (minute of silence 1.36pm-1.37pm)
4.07pm Swansea City v Chelsea (minute of silence 4.06pm-4.07pm)

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Key Points

  • As mark of respect for those who died in the Hillsborough disaster, all Premier League matches on weekend of 11-14 April will kick off seven minutes later than scheduled
  • The match at which the disaster took place, the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989, was ended six minutes after kick-off, at 3.06pm
  • At all matches the minute before kick-off will have a period of silence observed