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CITY TO FINISH OFF ANOTHER HOME CAMPAIGN

25 April 2015

City will bring the curtain down on another season of football at the Coral Windows Stadium this Saturday when they host Barnsley in their final home fixture of the 2014/2015 campaign (kick off 3:00pm).

Keeping with tradition, the Coral Windows Stadium will fall silent for a minute of reflection just before kick off this afternoon to allow those in the ground to pay their respects to the 56 supporters lost in the Valley Parade fire disaster.

The pre-match minute's silence will also be in place to honour any supporters who have sadly passed away during the last twelve months.

With the 30th anniversary of the fire disaster around the corner, dignitaries from The Football League, City Hall and The F.A, including England manager Roy Hodgson, will be in the stadium this afternoon to remember those affected by the tragedy.

City skipper Stephen Darby and Barnsley's captain for the match will each bring a wreath out with them to place on the centre circle as the players enter the pitch. The '56 flag' used at Wembley Stadium during City's appearance in the 2013 Capital One Cup Final will also be in place around the centre circle.

Ahead of the players coming out for the minute's silence, City fans will get an opportunity to hear the charity single 'Everywhere We Go' in full for the first time.

Local band 'Never 2 Late', whose members included Club surgeon Mr Steve Bollen, have recorded a version of the popular City chant 'Everywhere We Go'. Money from sales of the single will all go directly to the Bradford Burns Unit.

The song includes radio commentary from some of City's memorable F.A Cup ties this season, members of Phil Parkinson's squad singing some of the lines, plus City's 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.

Earlier in the afternoon, City kit man John Duckworth and his fellow walkers, including a group of City and Barnsley supporters, are due in the stadium at around 2:20pm to complete their charity trek, which is also in aid of the Bradford Burns Unit.

Once the trek is completed, John and selection of his support group will have walked from Lincoln City's Sincil Bank ground to Valley Parade in a day to help raise money for the unit. They will finish with a lap of appreciation around the pitch - please give them a cheer! 

City fans can still show their support to John and the Bradford Burns Unit by visiting his JustGiving site and pledging what they can - please click HERE. Supporters can also donate by texting BANT56 (amount) to 70070 (e.g BANT56 £2.00 to 70070).

SUPPORTERS CAN KEEP UPDATED WITH JOHN'S PROGRESS BY FOLLOWING THE FRIENDS OF BRADFORD CITY TWITTER PAGE - PLEASE CLICK  .HERE

After winning their Football League Youth Alliance North East Division for the second successive season, City's triumphant Under 18s will receive the league trophy and their winner's medals during the half time interval this Saturday.

They will be presented to the club's youth team members on the pitch by former Bantams defender Graham Mitchell, who now works for the Football League.

There will also be a number of presentations made on behalf of the Burns Unit during half time, while bucket collectors will be in place around the stadium before the match.

City supporters will be able to purchase their final home programme of the season in and around the Coral Windows Stadium (priced at £3.00).

A digital version of the Barnsley edition of The Parader can be bought online by clicking HERE.

Given that this Saturday's fixture is the final home game of the season, Phil Parkinson and his players will stay back on the pitch after the final whistle to thank the fans for their tremendous support over the last nine months.

This can only happen, however, if supporters STAY OFF THE PITCH. Fans are reminded that it is a criminal offence to enter the field of play.

Supporters are also politely asked, if possible, to please get to the ground this afternoon with some time to spare ahead of kick off. Turnstiles will be closed around all parts of the stadium during this afternoon's minute's silence.

Thank you for your continued support through this season.

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