There was a time when football fans were not treated very well. Hooliganism led to supporters all being tarnished with the same brush: animals to be controlled and caged. Fences were erected in front of terraces across the UK in the 1970s. Some were scaled down after the Hillsborough disaster but it was the late 1990s before they were removed completely at the Vetch. As this 1980s photo from Swansea shows, the fences didn’t stop fans enjoying themselves but they were degrading and at Hillsborough they cost 96 people their lives.
Photo copyright of South Wales Evening Post.