By 1985 violence was rife across British matches

icon 3929 May ~ Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Heysel disaster, when 39 fans died at the 1985 European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool. It was a time when serious violence broke out at games as diverse as Celtic’s Cup-Winners Cup tier with Rapid Vienna, Man City’s defeat at Coventry, a Cup tie between Burton Albion and Leicester and the Milk Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Sunderland. As Mike Ticher recalled in WSC 219, for the 20th anniversary, Heysel was the culmination of an era when English football appeared to be in terminal decline.

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