The 1989 Hillsborough disaster was a human crush which occurred during the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs on 15 April 1989 at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. The crush resulted in the deaths of 96 people and injuries to 766 others. The incident remains the worst stadium-related disaster in British history and one of the world’s worst football disasters.
The Hillsborough Independent Panel concluded that no Liverpool fans were responsible in any way for the disaster, and that its main cause was a “lack of police control” and crowd safety was “compromised at every level” and overcrowding issues had been recorded two years earlier. The panel concluded that “up to 41” of the 96 who perished might have survived had the emergency services’ reactions and co-ordination been improved.
Post Title is taken from the song You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers. It’s the Liverpool F.C. anthem and in this post it refers to the fans not giving up until the full truth came out.
The last set of photographs in my series from Pearse stadium home to Galway GAA hurling and football.
I particularly like the ‘Sales Office’ photo.
Post title Let’s Get Ready To Rumble taken from the song ‘Lets Get Ready To Rumble’ by Ant and Dec and also used in many sports, mainly boxing before big fights.
This is the second set of photographs from my wander around Pearse Stadium, Salthill home to Galway GAA hurling and football. In this set I’m posting patterns and strong colours seen in the empty stand which wouldn’t be seen on match day.
…and an ‘abstract’ one thrown in for good measure
My first set of photographs from Pearse Stadium can be found here
Title taken from the American Pop Rock band named ‘Maroon 5’. I know I have more than 5 maroon photographs in the post but couldn’t resist adding this title
This is my second set of photos from Páirc Ui Chaoimh, home to Cork GAA hurling and football.
These photos some an empty stadium and shows the patterns and colours on the stand and terrace, which is normally hidden/covered by fans.
The last photo isn’t staged, Conor saw the flag, ran over and started waving it.
Here’s the link to my first set of photos from ‘The Park’ (Páirc Úi Chaoimh).
You’re always so calm and so cool,
Donal Óg just knows what to do,
Mulchay, Muphy, The Rock,
Will just play each minute on the clock.
Sean Og, Ronan and John,
They will just sting you along,
They’re just sheer class on the grass,
Rebels, we watch as they pass.
Gerry O Conor will leave you for dead,
Tom Kenny, he’ll fix you then
The attack starts all over again,
McCarthy wheels at you,
And Neil Ronan he knows what to do,
All they have to do is keep hurling at you.
Oh to be, oh to be, oh to be a Rebel,
We love ye Rebels, you’re so slick and so sharp,
We love ye Rebels with every beat of our heart,
We’ll follow Rebels all the way to Croke Park.
Lyrics taken from here, thanks to cathalosull21. It’s a slightly outdated song now but is from when Cork hurling was at it’s pinnacle (in recent times).
These are the last set of photos from the recent Ireland vs. Macedonia Euro 2012 qualifier match in Dublin, Ireland- the leftovers. I don’t think they’re participially good or bad but are a bit ‘different’ so I decided to add them.
A sea of (empty) green:
Some of the Irish fans at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland for the Ireland vs Macedonia game. I arrived at the stadium early so wandered around with my camera. It was nice to see the stadium fill up (not to capacity) slowly and the people trickle in. You could see the happiness and excitement in the kids faces, it reminded me of when I was young(er) and used to visit Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Croke Park or other stadiums where the Cork hurling team were playing.
Ireland celebrations after McGeady scored the opening goal against Macedonia.
I tried my hand at a few abstract photos at the recent Ireland vs. Macedonia game in Dublin.
One reason is because I was sitting far away from the pitch it limited the amount of ‘proper’ sport action photos that I could take so I though I’ll try something else. I have three photos here, the first one is my favourite, I feel that it kind of convays the burst of energy when Robbie Keane is sprinting for the ball.
Exposure 1/6th of a second to achieve the blurry effect
The last two aren’t even that good I think but I’m just posting them anyway to show what I was trying to do with them. If I could have zoomed in on a player closer and kept him sharper/in focus then I think they’d be better.
Probably my favourite photo from the match.
Ireland played Macedonia in a European Cup qualifier game at The Aviva stadium in Dublin, Ireland. Ireland won 2-1. There was a small but very colourful section of Macedonian fans. They were nice and friendly and even encouraged me to take their pictures.
There were no problems with bringing my dslr into the stadium and taking pictures. I was up in the premium level so maybe that made it okay. If I was sitting pitch side maybe the stewards would have told me to put it away. These are my first set of pictures from the game, next will be ‘before the game’, and lastly ‘the game’.
I’m number one baby so why try harder? This enthusiastic fan even asked me did I want to take a second picture of him to make sure I got a good one.
Eternal Sunshine of the Macedonian fan
I took this (with a standard compact) on a tour of Old Trafford (Theatre of Dreams), home stadium to football team Manchester United. I found it a very interesting tour. But then again I enjoy football stadium tours in general because it allows me to ask multiple questions and you get to learn some interesting trivia and facts ( the rainwater that falls on the roofs is ‘recycled’ and used for the toilets).