It is, without doubt, the most harrowing and chilling day in Stoke City history.
On this day in 1946, 33 supporters were killed and more than 500 injured in a crush on the terraces as Stoke took on Bolton Wanderers in an FA Cup quarter-final.
The official attendance at Burnden Park on that grim day was given as 65,419 but it was probably nearer 85,000.
Crowds were soaring as football returned following the war and a big quarter-final second leg featuring stars including Stanley Matthews drew even more spectators, especially because the Football League would not be re-launched until the next season.
But those huge numbers were squeezed into just three stands because the other out of action as it had been requisitioned by the Government. Excitement quickly turned into disaster.
Referee George Dutton had to take the players off after 12 minutes but the scale of the horror was still unknown to most from the changing rooms to the stands.
The teams eventually re-emerged to complete the game while body bags were laid on the sidelines.
Here recalling those haunting events is an interview with Stoke’s Frank Mountford conducted 24 years ago by the Sentinel’s chief sub-editor Andrew Lees, which were published for the first time on the 70th anniversary of the disaster.
Mountford, who died in 2006, was just 22 when the game was played.
He said: “I remember the first leg because we were absolutely shocking. To lose a game 2-0 at home was a big letdown for the team and more so for the supporters.
“It was amazing the number of supporters we had going to Bolton as a result. When we came out there was terrific support from both sets of supporters.
“When the game started the noise was unbelievable. Our supporters were probably more vocal than Bolton’s at that time as we were on top in the game.
“We weren’t really aware of it until they started passing people onto the running track. They were just lying there.
“As we came out (for the second half), just outside our dressing room there were quite a lot of people lying down.
“I particularly remember one lad with his blazer on, he must have only been around 14 or 15. You could tell he hadn’t just fainted because he was just lying there with his arm in the air.
“It started upsetting us so when we started playing again we couldn’t care less what the result was. But of course we had to start playing again, we had to finish the game.
“I thought the referee was quite right. A lot’s been said about ‘it shouldn’t have been finished’, but even the players didn’t realise how bad it was.
“And the spectators, well, they didn’t realise anything about it at all.”
The Burnden Stand was closed in 1946 because it was still stocked with food from the Ministry of Supply.
That made the Railway Embankment End a natural focal point, but the terrace was little more than rubble and earth with occasional flagstone steps. Wooden barriers had replaced the steel girders which had been taken to assist with Britain’s war effort.
Some fans had already fainted in the crush by the time the lock of an exit gate was picked open to let out a panicked boy – and allowed another torrent of people to get in.
The players were not told about any deaths but the game was hardly competitive and finished goalless.
Matthews said: “We heard rumours about the increasing number of casualties yet it was not until I was motoring home that evening that the shadow of the grim disaster descended on me like a storm cloud.
“To survive a war, only to die at a football match sent a shiver running down the spine of every one of us.”
The great Stoke team, who would go on to challenge for the league championship 12 months later, also included heroes including Neil Franklin and Freddie Steele.
Bolton’s team featured Lol Hamlett, the one-time Norton Colliery joiner who went on to star for Port Vale.