IT was a year full of political tensions and tragedy.

These retro sports pictures come from a turbulent time - 1989.

Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses caused tension between the UK and Iran, while the last year of the 80s also saw the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. The Iron Curtain, which had divided Europe since 1946, was beginning to lift and the Cold War was coming to a close.

Football was reeling from the Hillsborough tragedy, which saw 96 Liverpool fans die in a crowd crush. Kenny Dalglish's team went on to win the FA Cup in honour of their fallen fans, but missed out on the double to Arsenal.

These players were enjoying their local football in and around Southampton. Do you recognise anyone in our retro pictures?