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A DAY OF RESPECT, REFLECTION AND REMEMBRANCE

27 April 2015

City brought the curtain down on another season of football at the Coral Windows Stadium this Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Yorkshire neighbours Barnsley.

As pleasing as the victory was for Phil Parkinson's men though, probably the most important events of the day actually took place before and after the game.

In keeping with tradition, the Bantams used their final home match of the season as an opportunity to remember those affected by the tragedy of the Valley Parade fire disaster.

With the 30th anniversary of the terrible events of 11 May 1985 coming up, there was certainly extra poignancy to the day for the visit of Lee Johnson's Tykes.

At approximately 1:30pm, dignitaries from organisations such as The Football League, the Premier League, Bradford Burns Unit, University of Bradford and The F.A laid wreaths by the Valley Parade Fire Memorial to pay their respects.

The Football League's wreath was laid by former Bantams Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, while The F.A's wreath was given out jointly by their chairman, Greg Dyke, and England boss Roy Hodgson.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Mayor of Lincoln and Bradford City joint-chairman Mark Lawn were also present to laid wreaths by the memorial.

Fresh from completing their mammoth walk from Lincoln City's Sincil Bank ground to the Coral Windows Stadium, City kit man John Duckworth and his team were given the opportunity to take part in a lap of honour around the pitch roughly half an hour before kick off.

A section of Barnsley supporters, who had joined John and his team part way through the charity trek, also lapped the ground to take the acclaim of an appreciative home crowd.

The grueling 24 hour Lincoln to Bradford walk was undertaken by John and his team to help raise funds for the Bradford Burns Unit.

City fans can still show their support to John and the Bradford Burns Unit by visiting his Just Giving site and pledging what they can - please click HERE.

SUPPORTERS CAN ALSO DONATE BY TEXTING BANT56 (amount) TO 70070 (eg BANT56 £2.00 to 70070).

Pre-match City fans were also able hear a charity song - produced in aid of the Bradford Burns Unit as well - for the very first time.

Local band 'Never 2 Late', whose members include Club surgeon Mr Steve Bollen, have recorded a version of the popular City chant 'Everywhere We Go'.

The song includes radio commentary from some of City's memorable F.A Cup ties this season, members of the Bantams' squad singing some of the lines, plus City's own supporters belting out the chorus during last month's home match with Fleetwood Town.

Supporters can pre-order the track now by clicking HERE. The track itself is scheduled for release on Tuesday (28 April 2015).

As the players gathered by the pitch entrance for the match itself just ahead of 3:00pm, City skipper Stephen Darby and Barnsley captain Martin Cranie then led the teams out before laying wreaths on top of the 'Wembley 56' flag draped across the centre circle.

With 'You'll Never Walk Alone' ringing around the ground, an emotional Coral Windows Stadium rose as one to produce an impromptu seas of scarves at the same time.

The stadium then fell silence for a minute to remember those we have lost.

The minute of silence would be replicated before every single Football League and Premier League fixture played throughout the weekend.
 
Following the game and City's victory over Barnsley, Parkinson's men circled the ground for a lap of appreciation.

With most of the 15,500 crowd still in the stadium at the time, City's followers gave Parkinson's squad a rousing reception as the Bantams' players and staff thanked the fans for their tremendous support throughout this season.

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