Shots fired at soccer match in Belfast
A previous incidence of sectarian violence at a match between the Belfast Celtic Football Club and Linfield in Belfast on 14 September two years ago; over 100 people were injured when rival crowds faced off against one another with sticks, stones and knives. Photo: Illustrated London News [Lodon, England], 21 Sept 1912

Shots fired at soccer match in Belfast

Published: 13 May 1914

A junior soccer match played in Belfast between Linfield Rangers and Springfield Amateurs ended last night with shots being fired at spectators at the end of the match.

Late in the game, a goal scored by the Springfield team - who hail from the Falls Road area of Belfast - led to Linfield supporters discharging a volley of shots from revolvers as they invaded the field.

The lyrics to 'Dolly's Brae', one of the songs sung by the Linfield supporters. Click to view in full. (Image: Irish Traditional Music Archive)

They sang songs associated with loyalism, including ‘Dolly’s Brae’, and threw stones at the Springfield supporters. Police and stewards eventually cleared the pitch and the match was completed with Springfield claiming a two-goal victory.

As the crowd - estimated at 2,000 - left the Grosvenor Road grounds there was further violence in surrounding streets.



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