Poor policing and crowd control fuelled a strong anti-football supporter culture, a culture which casually saw no harm in herding people into caged and crumbling terracing. That tragic combination of circumstances resulted in an appallingly large death toll.
Many more were injured. Inevitably there have been scores of deaths since, deaths linked to scars both mental and physical, inflicted on that day.
Though the Taylor Report most clearly laid the blame for the disaster on the shoulders of the South Yorkshire Police Force no one from that organisation has been punished or brought to book.
Via the cynical and systematic processes of misinformation, cover up and smear tactics the public perception of blame for the disaster has been shifted onto the shoulders of the victims.
The families of those who died will continue to fight for justice, for as long as it takes.