Foot­ball fans sparked ter­ror

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

Terrified shop­pers fled to safety as teenage foot­ball thugs went on the ram­page fol­low­ing a big match at Love Street in Jan­uary 1985.

Po­lice made a num­ber of ar­rests after clashes be­tween ri­val fans in Pais­ley town cen­tre.

Dozens of of­fi­cers raced to the Pi­azza shop­ping cen­tre as sup­port­ers of St Mir­ren and Ab­erdeen – some as young as 13 – chased through the streets, we re­ported in Jan­uary 1985.

Fight­ing had bro­ken out on the ter­races early in the sec­ond half of a stormy Premier League clash, as ri­val fac­tions taunted each other.

Home fans chanted: “We’ll chase you all over Pais­ley.”

But there was only one ar­rest made in­side the ground.

As the 6,800 crowd made its way home through streets al­ready packed with shop­pers, more than 100 of the in­fa­mous‘ca­su­als’gang from Ab­erdeen broke through po­lice seg­re­ga­tion to chal­lenge lo­cals.

Vans packed with po­lice re­in­force­ments were soon on the scene, as passers-by – many of them el­derly – were jos­tled by hooli­gans.

Half an hour after the game ar­rests were still be­ing made as young­sters walked about the shop­ping precinct.

Po­lice of­fi­cers es­corted Ab­erdeen fans on to trains at Gil­mour Street Sta­tion to avoid fur­ther clashes.

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