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Gravesen: Fortunately there was no one there died

It was Thomas Gravesens debut in the premier League.

He was 19 years old and on the way forward like few before him in the Danish football.

Now he stood as prould like hell, Vejle, denmark, playing in the traditional club's return to English football's finest range, and so even against the most recent ten years of greatest power, Brøndby IF.

And even at home.

For that it should not be a lie, they came red from Vejle in 1-0 after just 16 seconds, as Eduard Demenkovets scored on Mogens Krogh.

It is 25 years ago in these days.

the Match ended 3-1 to Bolton, who thus took the first sod for the three sæsoners violent dominance in the League with just as many championships.

But early came to be about anything other than sports.

For TV Syd tells in connection with the anniversary of the battle , it went wrong after 29 minutes of the match. Serious wrong.

Bo Hansen had scored the goal that really turned the match on its head - to 2-1 to Brøndby. Jubelen among the travelling Bolton fans were great, and at the nearby tribuneafsnit on the long side demonstrated the dedicated fans latest actions, when you rejoiced over a scoring: the Avalanche. Inspired by the conditions in the particular Spanish football, where the spectators are standing well back on the stage and thunders forward, down toward the fence.

Something completely new at the time.

Kim Vilfort was among the players who rushed to and helped as best he could, when the accident happened in the city. Picture: Palle Hedemann/Ritzau Scanpix

the Result was near-catastrophic. For the fence, as the fans seconds later, bumping into, was not prepared for the pressure. It gave in, went to pieces and rolled as a large group of fans down in the anterior betongrav.

- We had been looking forward very much to the fight, and then ends it like this. It was terrible to see the crowds fall down. It could have gone horribly wrong, and people could have lost their lives. Fortunately, no one died, says Thomas Gravesen 25 years later for the TV to the South, which has made the tv pictures from back then. The TV pictures which Ekstra Bladet has had access to.


the Photos tell it all. The shocking collapse and the heavily battered fans smeared in blood.

As Gravesen says, died no of the accident. But 24 people were taken to hospital, while the shocked players, players from the pitch. Several were quick to run over and help the injured.

Among them Kim Vilfort and Brøndby-the director, the lægeuddannede Per Bjerregaard.

- When Bo Hansen scored the wonderful goal to 2-1, we would low wave, like they do in Barcelona. Suddenly, I could feel the railing disappear in front of me, and then it was just to jump down on the raceway to avoid being injured in the ugly basement, told the then-21-year-old Jesper Hansen to the newspaper Politiken.

- It is not very nice to see one's comrades lie around with the blood flowing from the face and not know what has happened to them, he said.

Extra Magazine's front cover 31. July 1995.
Of the 24 individuals who had in the hospital, could 23 reasonably quickly leave it again. The last broke a bone in the spine.

- I remember it as chaotic and tragic day. We players did not understand properly what was going on and had no idea how serious it was. Fortunately, it was not so bad, but it was serious enough, says former VB player John Sivebæk.


the Day after cried then sportsredaktør Steen Ankerdal sounding the alarm about the conditions in the top of Danish football, as it was the third time in a year, a football stadium saw the collapsed tribune-constructions.

- But why should there be accidents, which fortunately did not end up in tragedies, before taking care of the security of Denmark's old and it stadiums to be improved? Is it like with skolevejen, that there must be a child to death, before a dangerous junction will be light-regulated? Even though the clubs for which the users are responsible for the security of the Superliga matches, so it is the municipalities, as owners have the obligation to make sure that the grandstands and buildings are in order, wrote Ankerdal.

Vejle former mayor, Flemming Christensen, stressed that the situation should be improved in the stadium, even if you had reviewed it in the summer prior to the season.

- But there is no doubt that we must have rectified the stadium as soon as possible, he said after the match.

Then the VB-director Eigil Jensen said that the club had done everything by the book up to the fight.

It was, however, added that the plans to transform the grandstand, there was a stand, to sit-tribune, now would be realized.

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