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When Newcastle Came Close To A Hillsborough – Video

5 years ago

Twenty nine years ago, White Hart Lane was a very different place, as was football in general.

In light of the Hillsborough jury decisions this week, there have been numerous mentions of a day two years before the 1989 disaster when Newcastle fans may have been close to something similar.

Maybe only differences in the layout of the two grounds prevented it.

Newcastle United travelled there in 1987 full of hope, a fifth round FA Cup tie had everybody excited, a dodgy penalty did for us on the pitch though.

This match is much talked about though for other reasons, in the video commentary you’ll hear reference to an estimated twelve thousand travelling fans (Newcastle were bottom of the league at the time!) – anyone who was there will tell you it felt like twice as many, as half the world seemed to be packed onto the terraces.

If you look to behind the goal on the left you’ll see the Newcastle end, as anybody who was there will tell you, when the Hillsborough disaster happened two years later you couldn’t help looking back at this Spurs match because a combination of fences and massive overcrowding could have been fatal.

Seeing those horrible fences again makes you wonder how they ever came to be there, when you compare how crowded the Newcastle end is compared to the Spurs one (to the right) it is just crazy how the authorities back then could fail to see how there were potential problems.

Some great video footage but as a great example of just how packed in the Newcastle fans were, go to 2.25 on the video (Click ‘watch on youtube’ below and the video starts) when Paul Goddard has a run at goal.



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