Technology lets us revisit real soccer tragedies

Some Canadian Guys are hardly ever accused of running out front of the news cycle, but we’re not really going to bore you with yet another TFC riot post this late in the game.

What we will do, however, is flag some cool technology that allows for a creepy look back at a real soccer tragedy.

Ben Knight makes a fantastic point here about how desperate times for newspapers often mean sad attempts to make something out of nothing, cough, cough, Toronto Sun.

But not all newspapers are going down without their dignity. Some, the New York Times for example, are going balls to the wall in the hope that someday they will start making real online money.

In this vein, London’s The Times offers a free service that lets you view digital archives of their actual print newspaper. I typed in May 30, 1985 to read the paper the day after the Heysel Stadium disaster. Thousands of words have been spilled about Heysel in the past 24 years, but this is the first writing of history. And it makes a few drunken punches in a Columbus parking lot seem quite silly indeed.

The technology is a bit unwieldy, but if you have the time it makes for macabre, if somewhat fascinating, reading. The main argument at the time was that not playing the game would have resulted in even more chaos, but how… how could it possibly have went on?

An awful reminder of how far soccer has come in most of Europe and why North American old media still carries a bias toward soccer supporters.


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