Fantastic that Hillsborough families will see secret files says Dalglish
Published 23:38 18/10/11 By MirrorFootball
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists he was never in any doubt that the families of fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster would be able to take a step closer to seeing their quest for justice realised after a motion calling for documents to be released was passed unopposed.
In a debate in the House of Commons lasting more than four hours last night, Home Secretary Theresa May insisted the Government was committed to disclosing the full facts surrounding the 1989 tragedy which claimed 96 lives.
And Dalglish, who was manager of Liverpool at the time of the disaster, believes the outcome was a victory for football as a whole.
Speaking after tonight's friendly against Rangers at Ibrox, he said: "I thought it was past the post anyway. I didn't see any reason why they would be prevented from getting what they wanted.
"It is a fantastic success for the families, it is a huge step forward for them, getting access to what other people have seen with the papers that are there.
"I don't know if they are for publication or not but when they see them, I am sure it will give them a great deal of encouragement.
"There has been some fantastic work done by Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram.
"Andy Burnham came up two years ago and said that he would try to push this forward and he has kept to his word. Steve Rotheram is the local MP who has pushed it forward.
"So a lot of people have done brilliantly for the families. All they want is some closure on it.
"I don't know how long it will take to go through the papers but I don't think the speed is the most important thing; I think care and attention to the detail is the most important thing.
"I'm sure there are plenty of good people who will do that. It's fantastically encouraging for everybody."
He added: "It wasn't just about the city. I think people everywhere wanted to see and I think it's appropriate that they get to see the papers that are there.
"They put the e-poll online and within an hour and a half there were 140,000 signatures.
"It tells you this isn't just about Liverpool Football Club or the families that supported Liverpool, this is about football.
"And it could be anybody there, I think anybody who supports football clubs realises that."