Tributes were paid this afternoon at the Macron stadium to Phyllis Robb, one of the last survivors of the Burnden Park disaster who died this week at the age of 102.

Fans held a minute’s applause for the lifelong supporter  10 minutes into their team’s home game with Charlton.

Phyllis was among the people who escaped the crush at the old club ground in 1946 that took the lives of 33 fans and injured around 400 and an image of her being  carried to safety over the crowds that day was captured in photographs

The tragedy happened  Saturday 9th March 1946, when Bolton Wanderers were playing Stoke City in the 2nd leg of the 6th round of the FA Cup at Burnden in front of an estimated crowd of over 85,000 

After twelve minutes of the game,two barriers collapsed as the crowds surged forward.


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