New Mills man relives the horror of Hillsborough disaster

Hillsborough disaster inquests hear evidence about New Mills victim, Martin Wild, who was 29 when he died.
Hillsborough disaster inquests hear evidence about New Mills victim, Martin Wild, who was 29 when he died.

A New Mills man has re-lived the horror of the Hillsborough disaster when giving evidence about a friend who died in the crush.

The new inquests heard evidence about Martin Wild, 29, who was one of the 96 fans killed in the disaster on April 15, 1989.

John Murray, of New Mills, told the court he travelled to the semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest from Derbyshire with a group of friends, including Mr Wild.

Liverpool fan Mr Murray said they arrived at the Leppings Lane turnstiles around 2.30pm.

Footage showed them entering the stadium via exit gate c, when it was opened by police at approximately 2.56pm.

Mr Murray said they entered the ill-fated pen three, but said he lost sight of Mr Wild shortly after the tunnel due to the crowd pressure.

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

He said: “At this point, I saw Martin Wild. He was a few feet back from the gate.

“Two St John ambulancemen were carrying him... through the tunnel and into the area at the back of the stand and put him on the ground. I went with them. “One of them gave him the kiss of life, but it was no good.

“He was dead.

“They put a coat over his head and went back into the tunnel.”

But Mr Murray told the court he did not see Mr Wild until at the gym later that day, where he identified the body.

He said: “I think certain aspects of the day sort of stick in your memory, you know, the worst parts of it. I would have remembered.

“I’d have remembered seeing him definitely outside, you know, through the tunnel and the concourse,I would have remembered it.”

Matthew Hill, counsel to the inquests, told the court that Mr Murray’s statement did tie in with other statements he made at the time.

Andrew Kirby, another of the group, described Mr Wild’s face turning blue as the crush increased. He told the court he tried to speak to his friend, but got no response.