Blackpool FC terrace murder victim remembered

Kevin Olsson memorial Kevin Olsson is remembered near the site of his murder

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A simple tribute has been paid to the first fan to be murdered inside an English football ground on the 40th anniversary of his death.

Blackpool fans stopped on their away trip to Wigan to lay a wreath at the memorial to Kevin Olsson, who was stabbed to death on 24 August 1974.

They paused in silence by a memorial plaque near the club's shop.

The 17-year-old Blackpool fan was killed when trouble broke out at a Blackpool v Bolton match.

Fans called at the club shortly after 13:00 BST as they headed for Wigan.

Glenn Bowley, chair of the Blackpool Supporters Association (BSA), said: "It may have been 40 years ago but is very important that we never forget this tragic death."

Hooliganism death aftermath
Dennis Howell and visit to Bloomfield Road Sports Minister Dennis Howell visited the murder scene
  • Dennis Howell Sports Minister in the Labour Government visited the murder scene saying it would consider identity cards for football fans
  • Blackpool introduced segregation for fans on their Kop and fenced them in - other clubs followed suit
  • A juvenile was acquitted of Kevin Olsson's murder at Lancaster Crown Court - no-one else was ever charged
  • ID cards were never introduced even though Margaret Thatcher's government considered them following the 1985 Heysel Disaster and pitch-side fences fell out of favour after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster

He added: "Heaven forbid that this should every happen again inside a football ground."

The plaque to Mr Olsson was unveiled by BSA in 2009 at the part of the ground which replaced the former Spion Kop where he was killed.

Bolton manager Jimmy Armfield, who was making his first return to the club after he served as a player from 1954 to 1971, said: "It was the worst Saturday night of my life - Alan Waldron, one of my players, had suffered a horrific broken leg. I went from visiting him in hospital to calling on the family of the dead boy."

He added: "As a Blackpool man I felt I had to visit them."

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