To get a fuller appreciation of how decrepit post-War England had become, and help thereby your sensibility for several of the course texts, read this article from the BBC on the 1985 stadium fire at Valley Parade in Bradford. There are links to several audio clips.
Picture courtesy PBS.org(http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/escape/pioneers.html)
On a personal note, I was a visiting spectator at Valley Parade several times as a boy (I supported the cross-town club, Bradford Park Avenue). My father was a boyhood Bradford City supporter, and he broke down when, here in Canada, he heard of the tragedy.