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Crunch time at Windsor as demolition crew tears down damaged Kop stand

By Lesley Houston

Published 29/04/2015

Demolition work on the damaged stand at Windsor Park gets under way yesterday
Demolition work on the damaged stand at Windsor Park gets under way yesterday

Work to demolish a damaged stand at Belfast's Windsor Park has begun.

Builders moved in to the stadium after cracks were discovered in the stand after a key Euro 2016 qualifier against Finland.

It is hoped the reconstruction will be completed in time for another crunch match - the Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania which is due to go ahead at the stadium on June 13.

The renovation work follows the findings of a report by structural engineers. The decision to take down the stand was taken last week after it was sealed off on April 1, just days after the European fixture.

The closure of Windsor Park has forced the Irish FA to move the Irish Cup final between Glentoran and Portadown on May 2 to The Oval, the Glens' home ground.

The move prompted the installation of temporary seating at the east Belfast venue to the accommodate the number of fans expected at the final.

Building work behind the stand has been going on in recent weeks as part of the redevelopment of Windsor Park.

It is not known if the work is linked to the subsidence and cracks in the West Stand.

Crowd safety expert Andrew McQuillan had said a temporary stadium at the site was not feasible.

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