Fanzines - voice of the ordinary supporter

We highlight Liverpool 'zine 'Through The Wind and Rain' - always a staunch supporter of the HJC and a voice that has kept alive and published articles on Hillsborough throuout the last 12 years. You can read all of their back issue articles about Hillsborough here

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Through the Wind and the Rain Fanzine Archives

Strange as it may seem to the Anfield Overlords, we actually prefer to stand on the Kop. The reasons are practical and traditional:

1. If we want to watch a game with a group of friends, we don't have to make a mass visit to the ticket office to ensure being together.
2. We choose where we stand rather than being told where to sit.
3. We don't get disturbed and our view obstructed every few seconds by people who think football matches only last 80-85 minutes, even less for those loyal Main Stand supporters. (oi, watch it - ED)
4. It's cheaper
5. The Kop has an atmosphere and fanatical support (despite recent lapses e.g. v Man Untied) which provides the team with a positive advantage.

On the safety side, the only time I have ever felt in danger was entering the Kop on two occasions in 1981 (v Oulun Palasera on the day Shanks died and the following Saturday against Swansea). Both incidents resulted form poor organisation (by the police and the club) and a stupid admission charge of £2.70 which caused endless turnstile delays. Crushing has never been a real problem on the Kop even when 27,000 were allowed in. Now the capacity has dropped to 16,000 you're in more danger in Church Street during the January sales.

With the exception of Hillsborough, the worst crushing I've ever endured at a football Match was entering Wembley for recent cup finals and Charity Shield games. Many Liverpool (and Everton) fans would agree that the v-shaped entrances to 'our national stadium' could easily be the setting for another major disaster unless someone takes note of the supporters (some chance!) and takes action. Please note Mr Robinson that these turnstiles now lead mainly to seated areas.

If I though seating the Kop would improve safety I would applaud it, but I'm afraid the project is purely aimed at financial gain. Just like the disgusting plan to build executive boxes in the Kemlyn Road stand. If you really want to improve the Kop, proved adequate toilets, decent catering at realistic prices, pre-match entertainment for non-season ticket holders who have to arrive at 1.30 p.m. to get in and provide a decent programme to replace the current collection of glossy pictures and puerile articles.
Gary White