1 ‘Heads in the Sand’: Football, Politics and Crowd Disasters in Twentieth‐Century Britain1

  title={1 ‘Heads in the Sand’: Football, Politics and Crowd Disasters in Twentieth‐Century Britain1},
  author={Martin Johnes},
  journal={Soccer \& Society},
  pages={134 - 151}
  • M. Johnes
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • History
  • Soccer & Society
Over the course of the twentieth century, 276 people lost their lives in disasters at UK football grounds.2Yet it is surprising that such tragedies did not occur more frequently. The rapid speed with which the game's popularity developed in the late nineteenth century meant that football grounds were built quickly and crudely. Any profits that clubs made were usually invested in players rather than spectators' facilities. Eager to see their teams succeed on the pitch, fans were usually happy… 

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