HILLSBOROUGH INQUESTS: Derbyshire men among the 96 who died

Paul Clark, 18, of Swanwick, was killed in the Hillsborough disaster
Paul Clark, 18, of Swanwick, was killed in the Hillsborough disaster

Of the 96 football fans who died at Hillsborough on that fateful day in April 1989, two were from Derbyshire.

Paul Clark, of Swanwick, was just 18 while Martin Wild, who had travelled to the game with a group of friends from New Mills, was 29.

Martin Wild.

Martin Wild.

Both had gone to Hillsborough on April 15, 1989 to watch an FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Neither would return home.

Now, a jury has said that the 96 people who died that day were killed unlawfully. Read more here.

Over the course of two years, the jury of six women and three men heard evidence from a huge number of people before reaching a conclusion on 14 key questions.

Among those giving evidence were Andrew Booth, a friend of Paul Clark’s, and John Murray, who travelled to the game with Martin Wild.

Mr Booth had told the inquest that he and Paul had reached the ground at around 2.20pm and took their position on the terraces ten minutes later.

But as it got nearer to kick-off, they were pushed forward as the crowd pressure intensified.

Mr Booth said he lost sight of Paul a few minutes before kick-off.

The jury were shown footage of Paul being carried across the pitch on a hoarding at around 3.35pm. Sadly, his life couldn’t be saved.

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John Murray, of New Mills, told the inquest he and a group of friends, including Martin Wild, arrived at the Leppings Lane turnstiles around 2.30pm.

The group entered the stadium just before 3pm but Mr Murray lost sight of Mr Wild shortly after the tunnel due to the crowd pressure.

In a 1989 statement, he said he saw Mr Wild in the pen 20 minutes later.

He was being carried by two St John Ambulance staff. “One of them gave him the kiss of life, but it was no good,” he added. “He was dead.”

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