Those watching will have taken note of Sunderland's message in remembrance of Hillsborough and the 96 at the Stadium of Light when Liverpool visited on Saturday, but what some may not have known is that the host club also flew the stadium's flags at half-mast following last Wednesday's release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report. And it wasn't only Sunderland marking the significance of last week for Liverpool and those who had spent more than twenty years fighting for the truth, as in grounds across the United Kingdom clubs and supporters offered up tribute to the victims of England's worst ever sporting disaster.
From Arsenal supporters singing You'll Never Walk Alone at 3:06PM as their club faced Southampton, to chants of "Justice for the 96" from the visitors' end when Celtic traveled to St. Johnstone, to Coventry City striker Andy Robinson revealing a message of support after scoring against Tranmere Rovers, the weekend saw numerous incidents speaking to the importance of last week's revelations. Though for many Liverpool fans the truths revealed by the panel were long known, in the wider world of football that wasn't always the case. With even Stoke City fans showing their support, it's fair to say that isn't the case any more—and that's hugely significant.