Up to 100 ticketholders for a 1981 FA Cup semi final at Hillsborough stadium were unable to watch the match because the Leppings Lane terraces were full, an inquest heard.
A total of 38 fans were injured in a crush at the tie between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers - eight years before the Hillsborough tragedy.
Jurors at the fresh inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans were told by Spurs fan James Chumley he arrived late to the 1981 match because of delays on the motorway.
He said he entered the turnstiles at 3.05pm but was stopped by a police officer and told he was not allowed to go any further.
Mr Chumley said another officer told him a ‘similar situation’ had happened at other major events held at the ground with supporters unable to gain access to the terrace.
Andrew Waters, representing Sheffield Wednesday said there was evidence that then chairman Herbert McGee had taken note of a number of similar complaints from Spurs fans and a meeting was later held with police to avoid a repeat of the problem.
The hearing continues.