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Memories from 1985: Riots during match in England between Millwall and Luton

In 1985, in the sixth round of the Cup of England, Kenilworth Road was witness to one of the worst incidents of football hooliganism in the history of the English game.
Millwall hooligans, who had overwhelmed the stadium, rioted before, during and after a fixture that First Division Luton won 1-0.

Police fought running battles with hundreds of hooligans on the pitch and were bombarded with coins, bottles, cans and seats ripped out from the stands.
The trouble started well before kick-off, as an estimated 10,000 Millwall fans tried to squeeze onto an away terrace intended for barely half this number.
They tore down the fences at the front of the stand and ran across the pitch to attack home fans in the stand opposite.

Referee David Hutchinson took the players back to changing rooms after just 14 minutes of play, as visiting fans again stormed the pitch.
Play resumed after 25 minutes, with Brian Stein scoring what proved to be the winning goal on 31 minutes to send Luton through to the semi-finals.
There were further attempts to invade the pitch after half-time, in the hope of getting the game abandoned, but police cordons managed to restore order.
The Luton goalkeeper, Les Sealey, who was in the goal in front of the away end in the second-half, was struck by a missile.

However, the trouble continued outside the ground, with car, shop and house windows smashed in the streets surrounding the stadium.
The riot had lasting consequences, with Luton banning away supporters for four seasons and converting Kenilworth Road into an all-seater stadium.










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