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Start of the day: South Yorkshire Police have asked both clubs to ensure their fans arrive between 10.30am and 2pm for the match.

2:00 p.m.: Leppings Lane swing gates started to turn smoothly, but after 2.15 pm the volume of the fans increased.

2.30 pm: The road was closed. Fans were asked through the PA system to move forward and disperse around the room. Officers considered postponing the kick-off, but did not.

2:40 pm: Large crowds had gathered outside the turnstiles.

2:44 pm: Fans were asked to stop pushing, even though the crowds were already bad and the turnstiles were struggling to cope.

2:47 pm to 2:57 pm: Some outside gates were opened to relieve pressure on the turnstiles – causing fans to rush forward and crowd the lofts even more. The pressure mounted and narrow gates opened in two of the pens. Officers deliberately entered the field.

Liverpool and Nottingham Forest players are escorted off the pitch as the seriousness of the crush begins to become apparent in the stands

Liverpool and Nottingham Forest players are escorted off the pitch as the seriousness of the crush begins to become apparent in the stands

Fans in the top tier of the end help those in the crowded bottom tier as the crush unfolds

Fans in the top tier of the end help those in the crowded bottom tier as the crush unfolds

Fans in the top tier of the end help those in the crowded bottom tier as the crush unfolds

3:00 PM: Kick-off. By this time, the crush at the front of the lofts was unbearable.

3:04 PM: Liverpool player Peter Beardsley hit the crossbar of the Nottingham goal, sending fans rushing forward again. The enormous pressure broke one of the crush barriers, making the situation even more dire for those pushing against it.

3:05 p.m.: Ambulance personnel began investigation.

3:05 p.m. to 3:06 p.m.: Police Commissioner Roger Greenwood decided the game had to be stopped and ran onto the field.

15.06 to 15.08: The police called for a fleet of ambulances.

3:07 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.: South Yorkshire Police called for all means available to get to the stadium.

3:08 pm: Ambulance workers, led by Mr Higgins, returned to the end of Leppings Lane to treat a rupture victim. There were more spectators on the field. Some were sad, some were angry.

3.13 pm: An ambulance from St John Ambulance, the volunteer force, was driven around the perimeter of the field in the northeast corner. It was said that there may have been deaths.

3.15 pm: Sheffield Wednesday’s secretary and Football Association chief executive Graham Kelly went to the police checkpoint to request information. Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield said there were fatalities and the match was likely to be cancelled. He also said that a gate had been forced, that there had been an influx of Liverpool supporters. This later turned out to be incorrect.

Horror: Fans carry one of those injured in the disaster using a makeshift stretcher

Horror: Fans carry one of those injured in the disaster using a makeshift stretcher

Horror: Fans carry one of those injured in the disaster using a makeshift stretcher

3:29 PM: By this time fire trucks and more ambulances had arrived. An ambulance was driven onto the field.

3:56 pm: Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager, sent a message to all the fans. He asked them to remain calm. The police had asked him for that.

4.10 pm: The match was formally abandoned and many fans returned home.

4.30 pm: By this time about 88 people had been taken by ambulance to Northern General Hospital and about 71 by 42 ambulances to Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

5 p.m.: South Yorkshire coroner Dr Stefan Popper instructed to keep the bodies in the gym until they were photographed and identified. By the end of the evening, 82 people had been pronounced dead in Hillsborough. 12 others were pronounced dead in hospital.

Another person, Lee Nicol, survived on a life support machine for two days before dying too. The 96th victim of the Hillsborough disaster was Tony Bland. He survived until 1993, but with severe brain damage.

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