Remembering Heysel: 30 Harrowing Photos From One Of Football’s Darkest Days

Chris Wright

29th, May 2015


By Chris Wright

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster, one of the bleakest, blackest days in the already murky morass that was British football in the 1980s.

29th May, 1985. The European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus. 58,000 fans were in attendance at the Belgian national stadium. Only 57,961 of them made it out alive. The bodies were lined up outside. The youngest was aged just 11.

The abhorrent events of the day, the blame, the bloodshed, and the subsequent repercussions have been well documented so we don’t feel the need to go into it.

The harrowing photos, sadly, say it all. We must never forget…

(Photos: Getty)

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  1. JC says:

    ‘Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.’

    You could not have been more wrong Mr Shankly

    Some truly horrible pictures in there…

  2. Paul says:

    The fallout
    ● Fourteen Liverpool fans were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in April 1989, typically receiving three-year sentences, half of which were suspended.
    ● English clubs were banned from Europe for five years, and Liverpool for six after the disaster.
    ● As a result of a Belgian inquiry, Albert Roosens, secretary general of the Belgian Football Union, was given a six-month suspended sentence for “regrettable negligence”.
    ● Two senior police officers were given the same sentence, with a Belgian judge describing their negligence as “extraordinary”.

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