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Windsor Park's West Stand Kops it after visible cracks forced its demolition

By Staff Reporter

The damaged stand at Windsor Park has now been demolished.

Cracks were spotted in the structure at the end of February.

Building work behind the stand has been ongoing as part of the redevelopment of the area around Windsor Park, including the adjacent Olympia Leisure Centre rebuild.

A large excavation behind the West Stand, or the Kop as it is known , was suspected of contributing to the cracks.

Windsor Park is also built on what was originally boggy ground.

The Kop stand was filled to capacity with 4,000 Northern Ireland fans just two days before the damage was spotted for the Euro 2016 qualifier victory over Finland.

An engineer's report later advised the Irish Football Association to take the stand down as it could not be repaired.

The venue is scheduled to host the Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania on 13 June.

Linfield are unable to use Windsor Park as their home venue and the Irish Cup final on Saturday, scheduled to be played at the ground, was switched to the Oval.

The Irish Football Association has said it will fast-track the installation of seats in other areas of the ground, which are also undergoing redevelopment, so that the top-of-the-table clash with Romania can take place at the home of Northern Ireland football.

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