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Burnden Park Turnstile

circa 1895

For over 140 years, generations of Boltonians have been going to the match to support the town’s team, Bolton Wanderers. This turnstile is from Burnden Park, the club’s home from 1895 to 1997.

The 1930s were time of record crowds – 69,912 filled Burnden Park to watch Bolton play a 5th round FA cup tie against Manchester City in 1933. Just such overcrowding led to a disaster in 1946 when a crush at an FA Cup game saw 33 people lose their lives and many more injured.

This was the worst tragedy in British football history until the Ibrox Park disaster in 1971. Recommendations included installing turnstiles with counters to check the number of spectators entering the ground.