Hillsborough Cup to remember 96

Mayor Joe Anderson with Cardinal Heenan Under 13s football team, who are taking part in the Hillsborough Cup Credit: Liverpool City Council

A football competition for Liverpool schools to mark the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough is being launched.

The Hillsborough Cup and Hillsborough Plate is an under 13s competition involving 19 secondary schools in the city.

The first matches will be played later this month, with the finals being held in Spring 2014 at Liverpool Soccer Centre in Walton, a few weeks prior to the 25th anniversary service to be held at Anfield.

Mayor Anderson said: “Every person who died at Hillsborough in 1989 was a football fan and the Hillsborough Cup and Plate is a fitting and appropriate way to remember them as we approach the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.

“It is really important that we do all we can to educate current and future generations about the tragedy so that we never, ever forget it.”

The initiative is also being backed by the Hillsborough families and Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs.