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I came across this story today. Its not a story I had heard of before and as it is so extraordinary I thought it might be of interest.
The incident happened in 1946. The country was in celebration mode post war and crowds were massive. Crowd control was limited and for an FA Cup Quarter Final between Bolton and Stoke, over 80000 people showed up. Crowd control couldn't cope, some people locked out climbed over fences and eventually a gate was opened and the crowd outside rushed in. A crush ensued, two barriers collapsed and 33 people lost their lives. While I hadnt heard of this particular incident, sadly i am aware similar has happened before and after - most famously obviously Hillsborough.
Th extraordinary bit is what happened next. The dead were laid out on the side of the pitch and their still warm bodies were covered with coats. They took up a bit of room but using a bit of initiative all was not lost. With a bit of sawdust they marked out a new rudimentary touchline and 30 minutes after the incident occurred, the game restarted and the last 80 minutes of the match were played out as normal - except presumably the players were careful not to tackle too hard on that side of the pitch.
By today's standards I just find that jaw-droppingly amazing yet the older amongst us were alive at the time.
I dont really have a wider point to make. Just thought it was worth sharing.