Bradford Fire 30th Anniversary

April 21, 2015

The 30th Anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Disaster occurs on May 11th 2015.

56 supporters died in the Disaster, two of whom supported Lincoln City, Bradford City’s opponents in 1985.  258 other supporters suffered injuries, of whom many sustained serious burns.

The official commemoration of the Disaster will take the customary forms, with a service of civic remembrance in Centenary Square, Bradford, on Monday May 11th  2015, and a collection at Bradford City’s ground, Valley Parade, on the last home game of the regular season, versus Barnsley on Saturday April 25th 2015. A Bucket Collection for the University of Bradford Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) will be taken at this game. The annual Memorial Football Tournament for young people will be held in Bradford on Easter weekend, April 5-6th, and other events are planned.

It is recognised that many individuals and groups around the country and beyond will wish to join in the commemoration of the tragic events of May 11th 1985, and this participation is welcomed by Bradford City FC and its supporters.

The Football Association, the Football League, the Premier League and the Women’s Super League are inviting all clubs in the English leagues to observe a minute’s silence before all matches played on the weekend of April 25th 2015 (from Friday April 24th to Monday April 27th inclusive). It is also suggested that clubs and their supporters might wish to undertake appropriate fundraising for the PSBRU.  The Premier League has pledged to match the sum collected at their matches over the next weekend.

The Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit  at the University of Bradford was established in the aftermath of the fire, and has become a lasting memorial to all those who suffered there. The continued existence of the PSBRU depends heavily on donations from the public, and contributions to its funds are welcomed from individuals, families, organisations or commercial companies. Anyone who wishes to make a financial contribution to the 30th Anniversary Commemoration is encouraged to make a donation to the PSBRU.

It is anticipated that there will be a bucket collection at Selhurst Park on Saturday, 25th April. Supporters on Tiger Travel coaches will be offered the opportunity to make a contribution. Hull City Supporters’ Trust will also be making a contribution to the PSBRU.

Chris Smith