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Ireland vs England, hooligans and a Lansdowne Road riot - The fateful night when hate came to Dublin

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The Ireland vs England match at Lansdowne Road in 1995 had to be abandoned after English supporters rioted.

The Ireland vs England match at Lansdowne Road in 1995 had to be abandoned after English supporters rioted.

The Ireland vs England match at Lansdowne Road in 1995 had to be abandoned after English supporters rioted.

It was all made too easy for them.

England’s national soccer team had long since been hijacked by a notorious band of far-right hooligans who had circled the date of February 15, 1995 into their diaries as the night when they could display their brand of nationalism on enemy territory.

As these misguided followers boarded planes and boats and headed to Dublin that spring weekend 25 years ago, the inevitability of what was to follow did little to dilute the impact of the chaos they would cause.