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FOOTBALL TO PAY ITS RESPECTS

22 April 2015

The rest of the Football League and Premier League will join together with the Bantams to pay their respects to the 56 supporters who lost their lives in the Valley Parade fire disaster by taking part in a pre-match minute's silence this weekend.

City will be holding a minute's silence ahead of this Saturday's match with Barnsley to allow staff and supporters the opportunity to reflect and remember those who were sadly injured and killed in the disaster.

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the darkest day in the football club's history, every other Football League and Premier League fixture this weekend will also hold a minute's silence ahead of kick off.

This weekend has been chosen by the Football League and the Premier League as it coincides with City’s last home match of the season, when the club traditionally marks the anniversary of the disaster which occurred on 11th May 1985.

 

Working closely with the Football Association and the Premier League, the Football League will be supporting efforts to help raise £300,000 for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) at the University of Bradford. 

 

Supporters can support the fundraising efforts by donating online at http://www.fire-anniversary.brad.ac.uk/donate/; sending donations to the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit, University of Bradford, Richmond Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP; or donating by text. Simply text VPFA56 followed by the chosen amount to 70070. e.g. To donate £5, simply text VPFA56 5 to 70070

 

The Football League’s Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “This period of silence will give fans across the country the opportunity to remember the terrible events that occurred at Valley Parade back in 1985 and, in particular, the supporters of Bradford City and Lincoln City that lost their lives. The disaster’s impact continues to resonate within the Bradford community and within football and we must ensure that the lessons learned from it are never forgotten.”

 

In addition to the minute’s silence at matches this weekend, the official Commemoration will include a service of civic remembrance in Centenary Square, Bradford, on Monday 11th May.

 

City joint-chairman Mark Lawn said: “I am personally delighted that the FA, The Football League and Premier League have got involved. I would like to remind people that the PSBRU is solely reliant on charitable donations by the public, charitable organisations and businesses, and has no funding from the Government.

  

“I am extremely pleased that Bradford City has helped to fund the PSBRU through the supporters raising money. This has been enough over the years to help maintain and exceed the standards coming from the Unit.”


 from the Football League, England manager Roy Hodgson and Football Association chairman Greg Dyke will be at the Coral Windows Stadium for the Barnsley fixture this Saturday to pay their respects to the victims of the fire disaster.representativesAlong with 


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