I have a confession to make that I am not particularly proud of. I was one of probably many of the masses that was suckered in by the authorities, the press and all that surrounded them in believing what they told us for such a long time regarding the tragedy of Hillsborough in 1989.
I am not sure at what stage I started to question the official story but when it happened - as an outsider, I felt that I did not have a right to think that what I was being told was wrong and why would there be a need for a cover-up of any description. I just believed that the events that happened that day had been absolutely awful but did not really understand the reasons for why they had happened and nor did I care to question this story as it was being reported to us. It was mainstream media that were telling us - and back then far less of us questioned anything coming from respected sources.
Although I was not old enough to actually remember the FA Cup FInal of 1970, I do remember the nucleus of that team that stayed together at Chelsea for at least the first five years of the seventies. You will often hear people say that football is not the way it used to be and back then it was a "man's game". There is some truth to that because let us not forget that this was an era that also produced some very skill-full players in Britain alone such as George Best, Eddie Gray, Tony Currie, Stan Bowles and Frank Worthington to name just a few of many.
Tackles would go flying in but for the best part these players if they were caught by one would just get up and get on with it unlike modern players. The skill-full players of real talent would also have enough intelligence (or have to learn it quickly) to see many of these challenges coming and from that there is no doubt that it must have made them even better players than today's equivalent that are so well protected by the rules that at times because they know it they can antagonise their opponents knowing that they cannot touch them without the real threat of an easy red card decision going against them.
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