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1990 in England

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Events from 1990 in England




  • 2 January - Controversial judge James Pickles sentences 19-year-old Huddersfield supermarket cashier Tracey Scott, who has a 10-week-old baby, to six months in prison after she admitted helping shoplifters. Judge Pickles defends his controversial decision to jail Ms Scott by saying that he needed to let women know that they could not avoid custody just by becoming pregnant.
  • 13 January - Some 50,000 people demonstrate on the streets of London support of Britain's ambulance workers, as the ongoing ambulance crew strike has yet to end four months after it began.
  • 16 January - Tracey Scott is freed after serving 14 days of her prison sentence.
  • 19 January - Police in Johannesburg, South Africa break up a demonstration against the cricket match played by rebel English cricketers led by Mike Gatting.[1]
  • 25 January - Burns' Day storm: hurricane-force winds are reported to have killed 39 people in England and Wales.[2]
  • 29 January - Lord Justice Taylor publishes his report in the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool F.C. supporters on 15 April last year. He recommends that all top division stadiums are all-seater by 1994 and that the rest of the Football League follows suit by 1999.


  • 20 February - Three people are injured in Leicester city centre by a bomb explosion.





  • 1 June - An army recruit is shot dead and two others are wounded by two suspected IRA gunmen in Lichfield, Staffordshire.
  • 7 June - Swindon Town are found guilty on 36 charges of financial irregularities and their promotion to the First Division is replaced with relegation to the Third Division, with Sunderland being promoted in their place and their place in the Second Division being given to Tranmere Rovers.
  • 17 June - Over 20,000 Swindon Town football fans demonstrate on the streets of Swindon in a bid for promotion to the First Division to be restored.
  • 22 June - Housing Minister Michael Spicer announces a £15million plan to tackle homelessness.


  • 2 July - Swindon Town Football Club are allowed to remain in the Second Division after a successful appeal to the Football Association.
  • 4 July - England's chances of winning the World Cup are ended by a penalty shoot-out defeat at the hand of West Germany in the semi-finals.
  • 10 July - FIFA announces that the ban on English clubs following the Heysel disaster five years ago will be lifted following the good behaviour of English fans at the World Cup; however, not all of the English league's European places will be restored immediately. Aston Villa, the league runners-up, will be England's sole entrants in the UEFA Cup, while FA Cup winners Manchester United will compete in the European Cup Winners' Cup and league champions Liverpool - the team whose rioting at the 1985 European Cup final resulted in the ban - will have to serve at least one extra year, meaning that there will be no English representation at the 1990-91 European Cup.
  • 15 July - The Football Association names Graham Taylor as the new England manager. Taylor, 46, recently took Aston Villa to second place in the English league, and also reached an FA Cup final with his previous club Watford.
  • 16 July - Nigel Mansell, England's most successful racing driver of the last 10 years, announces that he is to retire from Grand Prix races at the end of the 1990 season.
  • 20 July
  • 30 July - IRA car bomb kills British MP Ian Gow, a staunch unionist, after he assured the IRA that the British government would never surrender to them.
  • 31 July





  • 8 November – The second Bootle by-election of the year sees Labour hold onto the seat once more with new MP Joe Benton gaining nearly 80% of the votes.
  • 12 November – The Football Association penalises Arsenal two points and Manchester United one point and fines both clubs £50,000 for a mass player brawl in a Football League match between the two clubs last month at Old Trafford.
  • 26 November – Plastic surgeons Michael Masser and Kenneth Patton are murdered in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.


  • 3 December – The mother of Gail Kinchin is awarded £8,000 in High Court, a decade after her pregnant 16-year-old daughter was killed by a police marksman who intervened with a siege at the Birmingham flat where she was being held hostage by her boyfriend.[3]
  • 13 December - Russell Bishop is sentenced to life imprisonment (with a recommended minimum of 15 years) for the abduction, indecent assault and attempted murder of a seven-year-old girl in Brighton earlier this year. Bishop, 24, was cleared of murdering two other girls in 1987.
  • 19 December – Tony Adams, the Arsenal captain and England defender, is sentenced to four months in prison for a drink-driving offence committed in Southend-on-Sea on 6 May this year.

See also


  1. ^ "1990: Rebel cricketers face storm of protest". BBC News. 19 January 1990. Archived from the original on 23 January 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2008.
  2. ^ "1990: Children killed in devastating storm". BBC News. 25 January 1990. Archived from the original on 28 January 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2008.
  3. ^ "1990: Violence flares in poll tax demonstration". BBC News. 31 March 1990. Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2008.
  4. ^ "1990: Rioting inmates take over Strangeways". BBC News. 1 April 1990. Archived from the original on 2 February 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2011-12-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
  7. ^ "Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome". Visit Birmingham. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
  8. ^ "UK temperatures reach record high". On This Day. BBC News. 3 August 1990. Archived from the original on 9 August 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  9. ^ [1]
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