Victims remembered before kick-off

Warrington and Hednesford Town held a minute's silence before kicking off in the EVO-STIK League on Tuesday night to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the IRA bombing which killed two young boys and injured fifty four other people.

Paul Carden's promotion-chasers came from behind to beat Hednesford Town 4-1 and pile the pressure on league leaders Altrincham after remembering Johnathan Ball, three, and Tim Parry, 12, the youngsters who died when two bombs hidden in litter bins went off on 20 March 1993.

The EVO-STIK League Premier Division club - who play in the annual Peace Cup against Northern Irish club Crewe United every summer - paid tribute after a lunchtime memorial service in the town centre attended by hundreds of people. The Princess Royal, Princess Ann, was among those who fell silent at 12.27pm, the exact time the bombs went off, to remember the victims.

Crewe United and the Wire started to meet on alternative years at each other's homes after they became one of the first organisations to offer the hand of peace following the atrocity, now seen as a major turning point in the peace process leading up to the Good Friday agreement.

Images courtesy of John Hopkins/Warrrington Town

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