Burnden Park catastrophe: 75 years on

At present, on the seventy fifth anniversary of the Burnden Park catastrophe, the EFL remembers those that tragically lost their lives.

On 9 March 1946, 33 individuals died and round 400 had been injured in a crush at an FA Cup tie between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City, with estimates claiming as much as 85,000 individuals had been in attendance. 

Many had flocked to see Stoke’s Sir Stanley Matthews – one in all football’s true greats – in motion, with the Cup a preferred attraction, notably given the Football League had not but resumed post-War.

Supporters from reverse ends had to make use of the identical turnstiles as a result of components of the ground that had been requisitioned for wartime storage weren’t returned to full use and, though they had been closed 20 minutes earlier than kick-off, the state of affairs worsened when a gate on the rear of the stand was opened.

Shortly after the sport started, two boundaries gave method on the Embankment Finish, with followers falling forward and crushing these in entrance. The ground turned the scene of what was, on the time, the worst tragedy in British football history.

At present, we pause in remembrance of those that sadly lost their lives, and will always remember them.


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