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Bradford FC, May 1985

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Elizabethofseasons Report 13 May 2013 23:28

Dear All


This should have been added over the weekend.

On 11 May 1985, Bradford FC were celebrating their promotion to the second division, watched by their fans in the stadium and were playing Lincoin FC.

Later on, a small fire was noticed but spread rapidly across the old wooden stands at Valley Parade.

56 people died and 265 were injured.


An inquiry chaired by Sir Oliver Popplewell published its final report in 1986.
Its recommendations resulted in new legislation governing safety at sports grounds across the UK.

Over 20 Police Officers and spectators were presented with bravery awards.


On Saturday 11 May 2002, the 17th anniversary of the disaster, a memorial with the names of those who lost their lives was dedicated at the new entrance to the redeveloped Sunwin stand.


Looking back, with modern health and safery measures and regulations,
it's incomprehensible how such a tragedy could occur.

It can only be hoped that when people go out to sporting events or large gatherings all will be safe and secure.

Take gentle care all
Sincere wishes

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 13 May 2013 23:44

I remember this well Elizabeth I was expecting my first son, one of my colleagues was at the ground that day....hardly gets a mention, so glad you put it up :-D


JustJohn Report 14 May 2013 08:53

Thankyou, Elizabeth. I was thinking of putting this up at weekend. But it is football and it was a terrible tragedy - neither of which seem very popular threads to comment on.

I think better fire exits and the fact we have to sit down in lower capacity grounds were the results of this terrible fire. In old grounds, we were sandwiched like sardines and nobody even thought about a fire starting and quickly getting out of control. Same with that IOM club fire in Douglas. And Hillsborough was not a fire - but it was security and locked gates and doors vs safety of customers.

Thoughts with families of victims of Bradford, and those who escaped. 56 dead, plenty more with life changing injuries (physical and mental).


Linda Report 14 May 2013 09:19

Thank you Elizabeth I remember it well I'm not a football fan but was visiting someone who had the match on. My thoughts are with the families and those who escaped.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 15 May 2013 12:05

Thank you, Elizabeth.