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Bradford remembers

11 May 2014

Today marks the 29th anniversary of the Bradford fire disaster in which 56 people tragically lost their lives.

Bradford will pay its respects at a commemorative service in the City's Centenary Square attended by Football League Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, who spent a decade as Club Secretary and Managing Director at Bradford City earlier in his career.

The disaster - one of the worst in the history of English football - occurred during a Third Division match between the Bantams and Lincoln City at Valley Parade on Saturday 11th May, 1985.

With more than 11,000 fans packed inside the ground, a small fire was spotted in the stadium's main stand after 40 minutes of the first half and, within minutes, the flames had turned into an inferno.

Spectators started to evacuate the stand but sadly 56 deaths, and hundreds of injuries, could not be prevented.

Today, memorials to the 56 victims reside in the main stand of Valley Parade and in Bradford city centre in remembrance of the victims. The club marked their memory in their final home game of this season, holding a minute's silence before their Sky Bet League 1 fixture against Crawley Town.

Ahead of today's event Shaun Harvey said: "As someone with close connections to both the club and the City, this event has always had a special resonance for me.

"I'm therefore particularly honoured to be able to pay my respects on behalf of all Football League clubs and the wider football family. The memory of those supporters that died will never be forgotten by English football."

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