When his tickets for the Liverpool and Nottingham Forest match arrived in the post, Paul Murray from Stoke-on-Trent jumped in the air and shouted, "This is the best day of my life" - his mother Edna told the Hillsborough Inquest today.
The tickets were a 14th birthday present and they arrived three days before his death in the disaster in 1989.
Paul was a church choirboy and supported Liverpool because his grandfather came from the city.
His former schools have named their football competitions after him.
His mother Edna Murray said, "Paul often said I want to be famous and in a strange way his wish was granted in a small part of Stoke-on-Trent."
Football fans have gathered in Nottingham's Market Square for a one-minute silence in tribute to the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster.
The city will come to a standstill at 3.07pm to mark the time the match was stopped 25 years ago today.
Some of those gathered had even been in the crowds at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989.
A minute's silence will be held in Nottingham's Old Market Square at 3:07pm to remember those killed in the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago.
96 people died during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989.
A book of condolence has been opened at Forest's City Ground.
At the weekend all senior football matches in England kicked-off seven minutes late to mark the anniversary.
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