1995 in England

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Events from 1995 in England




  • 1 January - Fred West is found hanged in his cell at Winson Green Prison in Birmingham. The 53-year-old had been on remand since February last year, having allegedly murdered 12 people whose bodies were found at three locations in and around Gloucester. The crimes are believed to have been committed between 1967 and 1987.[1]
  • 10 January - Andy Cole, 23-year-old Newcastle United striker, becomes the country's most expensive footballer in a £7,000,000 valued deal when he joins Manchester United; £6,000,000 cash is paid for the player, with £1,000,000 valued winger Keith Gillespie joining Newcastle United as part of the deal. [1]
  • 25 January - Manchester United footballer, Eric Cantona, launches a kung-fu style kick on Crystal Palace supporter Matthew Simmons after being sent off in a game at Selhurst Park.
  • 27 January - Manchester United fine Eric Cantona £20,000 and suspend him until the end of the season for his kung-fu attack on a Crystal Palace supporter.[2]


  • 1 February - Animal rights campaigner Jill Phipps, 31, dies after being hit by a lorry during protesting at Coventry Airport.
  • 15 February - The England national football team's friendly against Republic of Ireland is cancelled due to rioting. The score (1-0 to the Republic, with a goal from David Kelly) is ordered to stand. Further scuffles break out on ferries crossing the Irish Sea after the game.
  • 21 February
    • George Graham, who has been manager of Arsenal since May 1986 and won six major trophies for them during that time, is dismissed after admitting that he accepted a £425,000 bribe from an agent who handled the transfer of Danish midfielder John Jensen to the club in July 1992.
    • Eric Cantona is charged with common assault.


  • 1 March - Formula One racing driver Damon Hill is banned from driving for seven days after admitting that he drove at 165 mph on the M40 motorway. He is also fined £350 and ordered to pay £25 in costs.
  • 4 March - Andy Cole becomes the first player to score five goals in a Premier League when Manchester United beat the division's bottom placed club Ipswich Town 9-0 at Old Trafford.
  • 14 March - Southampton FC's former Liverpool F.C. goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, Wimbledon FC's Hans Segers and his former team mate John Fashanu (now of Aston Villa FC), are arrested on suspicion of match fixing.
  • 15 March - Ronnie Kray, one of the Kray Twins, is taken to hospital after suffering a heart attack at Broadmoor secure hospital in Berkshire. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1969 for a series of gangland crimes including the murder of George Cornell.
  • 17 March - Ronnie Kray dies in hospital aged 61.[2]
  • 23 March - Eric Cantona is found guilty of common assault at Croydon Crown Court. The trial judge sentences him to 14 days in prison, but grants him bail pending an appeal against the sentence. The Football Association has since extended his ban from football until 30 September this year and fined him a further £20,000.
  • 31 March - Eric Cantona's prison sentence is quashed on appeal and replaced with a 120-hour community service order.


  • 9 April - Paul Nixon, 35-year-old Crystal Palace supporter, is crushed to death by a coach during a pub brawl between Manchester United and Crystal Palace fans in Walsall just before the FA Cup semi-final between the two clubs at nearby Villa Park. The game ends in a 2-2 draw.
  • 13 April - Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the FA Cup semi-final replay at Villa Park, which is attended by just over 18,000 people.




  • 1 July - Just 48 hours after Dennis Bergkamp's transfer, 24-year-old Stan Collymore becomes the third player this year to set the British football transfer record when he joins Liverpool from Nottingham Forest for £8,500,000. [4]


  • 11 August - An inquest records a verdict of accidental death on Jill Phipps, the animal rights campaigner who was knocked down and killed by a lorry during protests at Coventry Airport.





  • 8 December
  • 13 December - Rioting breaks out in Brixton following the death of Wayne Douglas, a 26-year-old black man, in police custody. The chaos lasts for five hours and ends with 22 arrests.[7]
  • 21 December - Jack Charlton retires after nearly 10 years as manager of the Republic of Ireland football team, during which time he helped them reach the World Cup quarter-finals in 1990 and the second round in 1994.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1995: Serial killer West found hanged". BBC News. 1995-01-01. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  2. ^ "1995: Cantona banned over attack on fan". BBC News. 1995-01-27. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  3. ^ "First woman chief constable is appointed". The Independent. London. 1995-06-15. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  4. ^ "1995: Ecstasy pill puts party girl in coma". BBC News. 1995-11-13. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  5. ^ "1995: Life sentence for Rosemary West". BBC News. 1995-11-22. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  6. ^ "1995: Youth gang stabs head teacher to death". BBC News. 1995-12-08. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  7. ^ "1995: Riots break out in Brixton". BBC News. 1995-12-13. Retrieved 2008-01-30.