A FACTORY worker who lost her life at Hillsborough loved Liverpool, an inquest has heard.
Marian McCabe, 21, of Basildon, followed the club across the country, often travelling from her Essex home to watch them play.
Mother Christine McEvoy, who was giving evidence at the opening of the latest inquest into the 96 deaths, said Marian had followed football from an early age.
She said: “Marian loved Liverpool so much that she would work overtime throughout the summer to save for matches, and would use her days off to save for midweek games during the winter.
“She even missed my lunchtime wedding because Liverpool were playing in London. But she arrived later for the reception, having washed and changed.”
Marian, who worked at Yardley Cosmetics in Basildon on the production line, had met up with fellowLiverpool supporters and travelled with them to Hillsborough on the match day.
It is believed she was pulled from the crowd by fellow fans, not breathing, before a police officer and a supporter tried to resuscitate her.
They stopped after she showed no further signs of life.
Mrs McEvoy said: “I wish that I’d had a chance to treat my daughter more.
“At the time of her death, she was thinking of travelling to Italy to follow England in the 1990 World Cup.
“Her grandmother had left her some money, and I suggested to Marian that she should use it to go to the World Cup, treating herself, if that’s what she wanted to do.
“In the end, of course, she never got the chance.
“In Peter, her brother’s words, Marian was ‘a giver, not a taker’.
She would do whatever her little brother asked, and he wasn’t exactly the nicest of teenagers!
“She was such a good and generous person that no words will ever do her justice.”
The latest inquest into the Hillsborough disaster began last month after a previous verdict on the 96 deaths was quashed.