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Rafa Benitez posts emotional personal message on 30 year anniversary of Hillsborough

2 months ago
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Rafa Benitez is much loved on Merseyside.

Not surprising when he delivered, against the odds, the Champions League trophy.

However, it goes far deeper than that.

Just like at Newcastle United now, Rafa made a close connection with the Liverpool fans, getting involved in many initiatives to help and support those fans.

This was seen particularly with supporting the Liverpool fans in regard to Hillsborough.

When leaving Anfield in 2010, his parting gift was a £96,000 donation to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

Today is exactly 30 years since that terrible day when 96 football fans went to a football match and never came back home.

Rafa Benitez  posting his own personal and emotional message via his Instagram account.

I remember the day that Hillsborough happened, standing on the terraces at Highbury as news filtered through via the odd fan who had a radio with then. Very different to how news is spread so quickly via phones and social media etc now.

Newcastle United were on their way to relegation and the 1-0 loss at Arsenal was one of the final 10 games of the season when NUFC didn’t get a single victory.

However, that paled into insignificance as you heard gradually about people having actually died at a football match in such a terrible way, by the time we left Highbury the latest news was that there could possibly be fans who’d died and only later found out the true extent.

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