FOOTBALL LEAGUE HONOUR BRADFORD FIRE VICTIMS
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.”