Mansfield put names of Hillsborough victims on 96 empty seats for Liverpool FA Cup tie

Posted by Chris Wright

It's not everyday that Mansfield Town get to play host to Liverpool so, with the Reds en route to Field Mill for the FA Cup third round today, the Blue Square Bet Premier side have taken their rare opportunity to pay tribute to the 96 people who tragically lost their lives as a result of the Hillsborough stadium disaster.

The Stags have put the names of the 96 victims on 96 seats at the 7,475-capacity stadium - seats which will be left purposefully empty during this afternoon's FA Cup tie and used to separate the home and away support...

Mansfield's operations director, Paul Broughton, explained the Stags' gesture via the club's official website:

“We wanted to do something in light of what has happened this year in terms of Hillsborough and as it’s been so long since the two sides met.

“One of our fans suggested we place a name on each of the empty seats in the segregation section of the stadium. The idea sent shivers down my spine. It was an amazing idea.”

A doff of the cap is definitely due.

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