After years and years justice has been delivered.

The 96 football fans who died at Hillsborough were as a result of a crush in the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed, the inquests have concluded.

The result that everyone knew was the real truth has been delivered. In an emotive and powerful conclusion to the investigation the court found that.

@The inquests conclude that the 96 football fans at Hillsborough were unlawfully killed
@The jury had to answer 14 questions about the cause of the 1989 disaster
@Jurors decided police error caused or contributed to a dangerous situation
@They found the behaviour of Liverpool fans did not contribute to the dangerous situation at the turnstiles
@Cries of ‘Yes!’ and ‘Hallelujah!’ are heard inside the courtroom
@Chorus of You’ll Never Walk Alone is sung on the steps outside.

It doesn’t matter what team you support this is far, far bigger than that. This is one of those rare victories for normal people. This is for the mothers and relatives of the victims who stood up and made their voices heard and dug in and campaigned for justice.

For many years they were ignored or lied about in The Sun but they didn’t give up.

They knew that right was on their side and somehow they still had faith in the system that their voices would finally be heard.

LTW was partly involved in the campaign when I toured as the compere with the Justice band made up of the The Farm, Mick Jones, Pete Wylie with many guests like the Stone Roses, Manics Street Preachers and many others.

We wrote a tour diary documenting this tour which you can read here.

It was a powerful and emotional tour and an honour to be involved in something so important and being involved was a real high point in everyone’s lives. No-one on that tour thought that they were bigger than the cause – it was a case of doing our bit, giving our music a meaning and using the Clash songs and Farm and Pete Wylie as they should have been used – for a reason. It was important  to be involved and to meet the people running the campaigns.

The real battle was by the relatives of the victims, normal people who fought an extraordinary campaign. We were just trying to give people hope and take the campaign out beyond Liverpool. Every night on the sold out tour  it was emotive  and people on the stage and off the stage knew why they were there and music was the glue that brought so many different people together.

Meanwhile the extraordinary battle by the relatives went on until they got this victory and the cry of Justice was finally answered.


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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. I hate you John Robb. Not only do you front the best punk band since the Clash, and seemingly bathe in the fountain of eternal youth, you also have a heart and a social conscience. good work with the JFT96 campaign. Damn you. x

    • thanks Dave – It was an honour to be involved in the JFT96 campaign so far. Apart from that your hate is justified!


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