Norman Livesey from Lancashire
SJA as a Cadet in 1942 at 12 years old. As a volunteer in Preston,
one of our regular duties was at Deepdale, Preston North End’s
In the 1960s, there was a stand at one end of the ground
known as the Spion Kop. Spectators crowded into this area
to stand and watch the match.
Just before kick-off time at a match, a wall about three
quarters of the way up the Spion Kop collapsed. There were
around 16 St John Ambulance volunteers on duty and we all rushed to
help the injured spectators.
The casualty I came across first was a chap who I later
learned had a broken pelvis. Several people were injured
that day and many were transported to the old Preston Royal
Infirmary. The Spion Kop no longer exists at Deepdale and the fans
now watch the matches seated.’