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Brother hopes Pool fan killer may be traced

A ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of the death of Blackpool fan Kevin Olsson at Bloomfield Road. Geoffrey Olsson at a plaque laid in his brother's memory in 2009.

A ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of the death of Blackpool fan Kevin Olsson at Bloomfield Road. Geoffrey Olsson at a plaque laid in his brother's memory in 2009.

The family of a football fan stabbed to death on the terraces fear they will never see his killer brought to justice.

Blackpool supporters gathered to remember 17-year-old Kevin Olsson, who died on the old Bloomfield Road Kop 40 years ago during a match against Bolton Wanderers.

Kevin’s brother Geoffrey was among those to attend Saturday’s ceremony at the stadium.

He said: “Forty years later there’s still someone who walks the streets who killed my brother.

“Someone who’s had birthdays, Christmases, anniversaries and their own children.

“Nothing’s ever been resolved and I think it’s a bit too late for that now, but you look at crimes that get pulled up from years back and something might come to the fore.”

Mr Olsson, who now lives in the Manchester area, had not been at the fateful match on August 24, 1974, but recalled returning to the family home near Stanley Park to find policemen and reporters standing outside.

Saturday’s memorial was organised by Blackpool Supporters Association (BSA) members, to whom Mr Olsson paid tribute.

He said: “The family’s really touched.

“Kevin had loads of friends and there were more people at the funeral than the church could cater for.

“He was a happy-go-lucky sporting type of guy.”

The wreath laying took place by a plaque on the stadium wall which was dedicated in Kevin’s memory five years ago.

Fiona Martin, BSA vice-chairman, said: “It’s important to Blackpool fans that Kevin isn’t forgotten.

“It’s part of the club’s history and we remember what happened even though most of us weren’t there at the time.

“It’s something you learn about growing up as a Blackpool fan.”

The ceremony, attended by around 50 people, was led in prayer by club chaplain Rev Michael Ward.

Rev Ward, who was at the match in 1974, said: “It’s very important as a club that we remember Kevin and all other people who have been killed and injured in football stadia when you look at Bradford City, Hillsborough, Heysel and others.

“We have to remember the dark days as well as the good days.

“Here was a fanatical fan of Blackpool Football Club who came to a game wanting his team to win, and didn’t come home.

“It’s a very sad reflection of things.”

 

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