Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald receives a scarf for the Hillsborough memorial from Jonathon Woodgate - Photo by North News

Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald received the scarf from captain Jonathon Woodgate at the Riverside ahead of the Derby game.

"On April 15 the families of the 96 people who died will gather in remembrance of the horrific events of that day a quarter of a century ago," said Mr McDonald.

"Thanks to the Boro, I will now make sure our scarf will be heading to Merseyside. It will join hundreds of others to show solidarity and support for the Hillsborough families. 

"The families along with many survivors meet every year for a memorial service at Anfield. There can be no doubt, though, that this year will mark a particularly significant and moving occasion.

"Liverpool Football Club are arranging this special tribute to the 96 and want to involve as many people as possible and have asked all sports fans - not just from football - to donate a scarf to be included in the memorial. 

"All the scarves they receive will be laid out on the Anfield pitch on the day of the service in the shape of the number 96.

"This will make a unique and poignant image and will display the strength of feeling and unity among fans not only in this country but throughout the world."