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Horrific times when the fans took guns to Irish League games

Podcast revisits the day when Celtic Park match was abandoned

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Infamous clash: Linfield and Belfast Celtic playing in the ‘fuming cauldron of Windsor Park’ in 1948

Infamous clash: Linfield and Belfast Celtic playing in the ‘fuming cauldron of Windsor Park’ in 1948

Infamous clash: Linfield and Belfast Celtic playing in the ‘fuming cauldron of Windsor Park’ in 1948

They were the shocking days when Belfast football fans did the shooting as well as the players.

For over 100 years ago the Irish League was a political football in a frighteningly real sense of the word as Protestant and Catholic supporters brought the guns out at several flashpoint games.

There were many, many injuries but the fact that there were no deaths was due as much to providence as anything else.


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