Crush happened at Hillsborough 8 years earlier
THIRTYEIGHT fans were reportedly injured in a “crushing incident” at Hillsborough eight years before the tragedy which killed 96 people, an inquest into their deaths has heard.
Tottenham Hotspur fans spilled onto the perimeter track at the Leppings Lane end of the ground and others climbed fences shortly after the start of the 1981 FA Cup semi-final against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jurors watched a seven-minute clip of footage from the game.
The inquest in Warrington heard that the crush, at its most significant point, arose within a few minutes of the match kicking off.
Four minutes into the game Spurs striker Steve Archibald scored in front of the Wolves supporters which caused the crowd in the Spurs end to surge, the hearing was told.
Two minutes later the footage shows a small number of Spurs fans sitting on the perimeter track in front of the Leppings Lane end – scene of the 1989 fatal crush – and some were seen climbing the perimeter fence, assisted by police officers.
At nine minutes on the clock spectators were seen sitting behind the goal, with numbers quickly increasing.
Shortly after a St John Ambulance worker was seen carrying a stretcher to assist a spectator.
At half-time, fans ran across the pitch towards the opposite end containing the Wolves supporters before they were eventually corralled by police to sit in front of the north stand. Sheffield Wednesday said it received reports that 38 people sustained injuries, the inquest heard.
A total of 30 fans were treated by St John Ambulance for minor injuries.
Others were taken to hospital for treatment with two people suffering broken arms and one breaking a leg.
Footage from the 1981 game shows fans having climbed over the fence