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Balloons released in honour of Hillsborough victims

Ninety-six balloons are released as You'll Never Walk Alone echoes around Anfield.

Balloons released at Anfield
Balloons released at Anfield

Today's service at Anfield finishes with the release of one balloon for each of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Victims' families commended the club for supporting them and for the words of manager Brendan Rogers and Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

Margaret Aspinall, the chair of the families' support group thanked the clubs and managers for their support and introduced a rendition of the Liverpool anthem.

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Supporters' club criticises FA ticket allocations

Hull City Official Supporters' Club says it does not believe the FA's ticket allocations for next month's FA Cup final are right.

The club will get the standard 25,000 tickets, the same as Arsenal, for the Wembley fixture, which is 1000 fewer tickets than were sold for the semi-final.

Spokesman Ron Black says he believes many fans who could not afford two trips to London were saving themselves for their side making it to the final and fears there will be some who want to travel but are left disappointed:

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Hillsborough joins Anfield in day of remembrance

As fans, relatives and survivors gather at Anfield to pay their respects to those killed in the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago, similar memorials have taken place at the Sheffield Wednesday stadium.

Memorial at Hillsborough
Memorial at Hillsborough

The stadium's own memorial has had flowers, flags and scarves laid at it throughout the day as people remember the 96 people who died there in 1989.

Memorial at Hillsborough
Memorial at Hillsborough

Hull City hope to announce ticketing arrangements soon

Hull City say they are hoping to be able to announce details of how they will sell their allocation of 25,000 tickets for next month's FA Cup final by the end of the week.

We understand that representatives of both Hull City and Arsenal will meet the FA tomorrow to discuss the fixture.

Further discussions will take place over the coming days back in Hull and the club is aiming to announce how tickets will be sold by the end of this week or if not, early next week after the bank holiday weekend instead.

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Survivors, relatives and fans gather at Anfield to remember the 96 Hillsborough victims

The focus of the memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster will be at Anfield today.

People have been congregating at the stadium to pay their respects to those fans who went to see their team play but did not come home.

Hillsborough Memorial at Anfield
Hillsborough Memorial at Anfield

Stuart Littlewood survived the tragedy in 1989 and has since moved to live in Australia. He sold his scooter and car to pay for his flights back to be at Anfield today.

Stuart Littlewood at Anfield today
Stuart Littlewood at Anfield today

Fans from across the country have been laying flowers and hanging scarves on the walls and gates on Anfield Road.

There will be a memorial service later today and a city wide two minutes silence at six minutes past three.

Hillsborough Memorial at Anfield
Hillsborough Memorial at Anfield
Hillsborough Memorial at Anfield
Hillsborough Memorial at Anfield

FA Cup final train dash for Hull fans

Hull City fans face a dash across London after the FA Cup final against Arsenal as the last train from the capital back to East Yorkshire leaves an hour after the game is due to finish.

Kings Cross station
Kings Cross station Credit: Press Association

The FA announced yesterday that each club would get 25,000 tickets for the May 17 clash.

Fans reacted angrily to the news that they would have fewer seats than at last weeks semi-final and the realisation that the game coincides with the Rugby League Magic Weekend featuring Hull KR versus Hull FC.

With the final whistle set to sound at 7pm, Tigers fans who travel by rail will have to make their way across London to get the 8pm train from Kings Cross.

If the game goes to extra time or penalties it is unlikely any of them will get a train until the next day.

Services to commemorate Hillsborough tragedy

Personalised roses were laid at Hillsborough at the weekend

Thousands of people will attend memorials this afternoon to commemorate the anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.

The services will take place at Anfield Stadium, home ground of the 96 people who died, and at HIllsborough.

At the weekend Sheffield Wednesday paid tribute to the victims by placing personalised roses on 96 seats ahead of their match with Blackburn.

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