1990 in England

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Events from 1990 in England


Further information: Politics of 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.




  • May - The second phase of the landmark Nissan car factory near Sunderland is opened, four years after the first phase, to prepare for production of the Bluebird replacement, the Primera, which goes on sale this autumn.[5]
  • 12 May - The FA Cup final ends in a 3-3 draw between Manchester United and Crystal Palace FC, an extra time equaliser from United striker Mark Hughes forcing a replay.
  • 17 May - Manchester United equal the record total for FA Cup wins by winning the final replay 1-0 against Crystal Palace. Defender Lee Martin scores the only goal of the game.
  • 24 May - Bobby Robson announces that he will be leaving his job as England football manager after this summer's World Cup to take charge of the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.
  • 25 May - The "rump" Social Democratic Party (consisting of members who backed out of the merger with the Liberal Party which formed the Liberal Democrats two years ago) finishes behind the Monster Raving Loony Party in the Bootle by-election, where Labour retain power under new MP Michael Carr.
  • 28 May - Swindon Town, managed by the former Tottenham Hotspur and Argentina footballer Ossie Ardiles, win promotion to the Football League First Division for the first time in their history by defeating Sunderland 1-0 in the Second Division playoff final at Wembley Stadium.


  • 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




  • 18 October – Eastbourne by-election in East Sussex: David Bellotti for the Liberal Democrats wins the "safe" Conservative seat.

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  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. 
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  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. 
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