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  • 14 April 2014, 1:54

Minute's Silence At Anfield For Hillsborough 96

An emotional minute's silence has been held at Liverpool Football Club's Anfield ground in memory of the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

Fans fell silent at 1.36pm - six minutes after the usual 1.30pm start time, to mark the time when Liverpool's match with Nottingham Forest in 1989 was called off.

It was the latest in a weekend of fixtures which were all delayed in order to remember those who died as a result of a crush 25 years ago.

Just before the ground fell silent the huge crowd who had come to watch Liverpool take on Manchester City for Sunday afternoon's Premier League tie had been in full voice.

Thousands joined players and backroom staff to sing club anthem You'll Never Walk Alone while waving red flags and scarves in the air.

As they finished, a referee's whistle brought a hush to the ground, and many of the players and those in the crowd bowed their heads.

Among them were former manager Kenny Dalglish and striker Ian Rush, both of whom had been at the match in 1989 when the deaths occurred.

Mr Dalglish admitted after the disaster that he felt deeply affected by what had happened.

He said later: "Most of the church services finished with You'll Never Walk Alone. I couldn't sing through any of the songs or hymns. I was too choked up."

Fans in the Kop stand had been instructed to hold up coloured cards creating a mosaic that read "96 - 25 Years".

Many others in the crowd also waved banners and placard bearing slogans including "Justice For The 96".

Other events are due to take place in the coming few days, culminating in a religious service on Tuesday - the actual anniversary of the tragedy.

New inquests into the victims' deaths have recently begun after the original coroner's verdicts were quashed in 2012.