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THE Foot­ball League paid its re­spects to the vic­tims of the Brad­ford City fire yes­ter­day on the 30th an­niver­sary of the tragedy.

Fifty-six fans died and 265 peo­ple were left in­jured af­ter the blaze at Val­ley Pa­rade on May 11, 1985 dur­ing a game against Lin­coln City.

It is thought the fire started accidentally af­ter a spec­ta­tor dropped a lit cig­a­rette un­der a wooden stand.

Eng­land manager Roy Hodg­son and Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Greg Dyke laid a wreath at the fire me­mo­rial out­side Val­ley Pa­rade yes­ter­day ahead of Brad­ford’s League One game against Barns­ley.

And there was a minute’s si­lence be­fore all Pre­mier League and Foot­ball League games to co­in­cide with Brad­ford’s fi­nal home game of the sea­son.

“It is an emo­tional time for ev­ery­one con­nected with the foot­ball club,” said Ban­tams boss Phil Parkin­son.

“It is ex­tremely im­por­tant we pay our re­spects to the 56 and re­mem­ber ev­ery sin­gle per­son af­fected by the tragedy.”

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