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Albion to pay Hillsborough tribute

Full details of Sunday’s pre-match commemorations

West Bromwich Albion will on Sunday honour their pledge to salute the courage and tenacity of the Hillsborough victims’ families.

Albion have arranged a pre-match tribute before the Barclays Premier League finale against Liverpool gets under way following the recent verdicts which found the 96 victims of the 1989 tragedy were unlawfully killed.

Premier League clubs showed the solidarity of the football family in the first fixtures after the April 26 verdict but Albion chose to wait until Liverpool's visit to The Hawthorns.

The Club have replaced 96 blue seats in the visiting fans section with the red of Liverpool, each to remain unoccupied and each to carry a name of one of the victims.

The Club have also produced a video which will be played shortly before kick-off on Sunday.

And Baggies captain Darren Fletcher and Liverpool-born striker Rickie Lambert will complete the salute by laying a floral tribute in front of the Liverpool fans following the introduction of the teams.

The landmark verdicts, following a two-year inquest, vindicated the bereaved families who have campaigned tirelessly to establish the truth of the tragedy.

In his end-of-season message to supporters in Sunday’s match programme, Albion chairman Jeremy Peace writes: “Albion and Liverpool have a rivalry which dates back to 1894 since when we have contested nearly 150 games. 

“For a few moments on Sunday we will be as one and remember the context Hillsborough makes of our daily struggles.”

Our sincere thanks go to Alderdale Seating and Crescent Press for their assistance in making this tribute possible.