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Spurs game kick-off changed

24 March 2014

English football to mark 25th anniversary of Hillsborough disaster

ALBION’S home game with Tottenham on Saturday, April 12 will now kick-off at 3.07pm as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives as a result of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in April 1989.

All other Premier League, Football League, Football Conference and FA Cup matches taking place on the weekend of 11-14 April will also kick-off seven minutes later than originally scheduled.

The match at which the disaster took place, The FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989, was ended six minutes after kick-off, at 3.06pm. 

In the Premier League, Football League, and Football Conference, matches due to kick-off at 3pm on Saturday 12 April will now kick off at 3.07pm, with the minute before kick-off (3.06pm to 3.07pm) seeing a period of silence observed at all grounds.

The first FA Cup Semi-Final on Saturday 12 April between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal will now kick-off at 5.07pm with a minute of silence between 5.06pm and 5.07pm. The following day, Sunday 13 April, will see Hull City v Sheffield United begin at 4.07pm with a minute of silence between 4.06pm and 4.07pm.

Fixtures kicking-off at other times on Friday 11, Saturday 12, Sunday 13 and Monday 14 April will observe the same etiquette with matches starting seven minutes later than originally scheduled.