Boavista, was at the game, completely subdued, apart from the kop kicking off at the Boavista scorer for his inappropriate machine gun celebration.
Completely surreal scene in the Albert beforehand, jam packed everyone having a bevvy. belting out our songs and tv's in the pub all showing news of 9/11.
Hard to believe it was 20 years ago. I was in primary school and we were going to put on a video, something to do with our project which was on the 1950s and 1960s. TV gets switched on and there it is - BREAKING NEWS on BBC 1. Initial memories was that the BBC were showing images of the Pentagon smouldering away whilst the ticker tape told us that hijacked planes had flown into the World Trade Centre in New York I had no idea what the Pentagon or the WTC was but even as a 10 year old you could sense the gravity of the situation and our teacher kept it on for a good while. I didn't even know what the Twin Towers were or anything. I didn't even know what hijacked meant!
It was only when we got home at half 3 that we saw the images of the second plane crashing into the South Tower and that both towers had collapsed. And then being so aghast by just how awesome and massive the towers were and the sight of them coming down. They were images that I thought only existed in films like Independence Day (a film I loved at the time). Like millions of other kids in an instant I'm watching hundreds and then thousands of people lose their lives for the first time in my life. And then the sight of people falling to their deaths after choosing their own way out rather than be engulfed by the horrors happening within the towers. It's chilling - an event with no filter, no censure, totally exposed.
Obviously this was pre social media and very primitive days of video on the internet so the footage we saw was fairly limited for the first few hours. It's only when new images from broadcast cameras filtered through in the following hours and days that the whole 3 dimensional aspect of the day played out. Nowadays it beggars belief what horror images would have been captured by people filming on their smart phones if they were in existence in 2001 (I'm glad they weren't!)
I can't imagine what it would have been like for relatives and friends watching similar pictures unfold before their eyes, knowing that their loved ones have been caught up in that. My thoughts are still with them and rest in peace the thousands who lost their lives that day.
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